Messerschmitt Bf 109

Specifications / Technical Data / Description

Bf_109E4

A Messerschmitt Bf 109E that once participated at the Battle of Britain
photographed at Thunder Over Michigan 2006.
Photographer: D. Miller

Luftwaffe Nicknamed: ‘Emil’ (109E), ‘Friedrich’ (109F), ‘Gustav’ (109G)
Manufacturer Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (Later folded into Messerschmitt)german
Designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser (1934 - 1935)
Type Single-seat fighter
Crew 1
Propulsion 1 x liquid-cooled V-12 piston engine
Engine Model Daimler-Benz DB 605 A
Engine Power 1,085 kW (1,455 hp)
Max level speed 621 km/h at 6,907 m (386 mph at 22,660 ft)
Cruising speed 500 km/h at 6,000 m (386 mph at 19,685 ft)
Initial climb rate 1,006 metres per minute (3,300 feet per min)
Service Ceiling 11,582 metres (38,000 feet)
Range 1,000 kilometres (620 miles)
Empty Weight 2,675 kg (5,897 lbs)
Max. Takeoff Weight 3,148 kg (6,940 lbs)
Wing Span 9.92 m (32 ft 7 in)
Wing Area 16.2 m² (174.38 ft²)
Length 8.85 m (29 ft 0 in)
Height 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)
Armament 1 x 20-mm MG151/20 machine gun through propeller hub
720 rounds per minute velocity: 585 metres per sec (1,920 ft/sec)
  2 x 7.92-mm MG17 machine guns above engine
1,200 rounds per minute velocity: 755 metres per sec (2,477 ft/sec)
Data for version Bf 109 G-2
First combat mission mid 1937 in the Spanish Civil War
Final delivery (all variants) May 1945 (Germany)
Total production c. 33,900
ICAO Code ME09
Production Variants Bf 109A, Bf 109B, Bf 109C, Bf 109D, Bf 109E, Bf 109F, Bf 109G, Bf 109H,Bf 109K, Bf 109T