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Bf 162
Role light bomber
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
First flight February 1937
Primary user Luftwaffe

The Messerschmitt Bf 162 was a light bomber aircraft designed in Germany prior to World War II that only flew in prototype form.

The Bf 162 was designed in response to a 1935 RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium, Reich Aviation Ministry) specification for a schnellbomber ("fast bomber") for tactical use. Messerschmitt's design was a modified Bf 110 with a glazed nose to accommodate a bombardier. In 1937, three prototypes were flown against rival designs, the Junkers Ju 88 and the Henschel Hs 127, both entirely new aircraft. Eventually, the Ju 88 that was selected for production, and development of the Bf 162 ended. As a disinformation tactic, images of the Bf 162 were widely circulated in the German press captioned as the "Messerschmitt Jaguar", a name never used outside this context.

This aircraft's number of 162 was later re-used for the Heinkel He 162 jet fighter, probably again for disinformation purposes.

Specifications (Bf 162)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 - pilot, tail gunner, and bombardier/navigator
  • Length: 12.75 m (41 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.16 m (56 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 3.58 m (11 ft 9 in)
  • Empty weight: 4,400 kg (9,700 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,800 kg (12,787 lb)
  • Powerplant:Daimler-Benz DB 600-A liquid-cooled inverted V12 piston engines, 735 kW (986 hp) each



  • 10 × 50 kg (110 lb) bombs

See also

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