Alternate History Combat Aircraft

Looking at that sight takes me back 20 years.
I would love to get some of that info in printed form, but I have had no luck with finding a book on german project aircraft thats both good and still available for a reasonable price :( I had more luck with buying Edwin Dyers books (the guy who curated the "Hikoki 46" site) right when they came out and I can absolutely recommend them to anyone who has the slightest interest in the more out-there projects and prototypes.
 
Oh you are in for a treat! "Luft 46" refers to german experimental designs from the very late war, very often pretty outlandish napkin drawing stuff that would not have been realy pratical in reality.
It takes its name from a very famous archive of such concepts named after a kind of alternate history where the war drags on longer and germany can actually implement some of those things:
There is also a japanese equivalent:
I've been a fan of both those sites for a long time now.

Looking at that sight takes me back 20 years.
Same here.
 
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I want to see a timeline where the He-162 is developed properly and intended for "real" pilots. The basic airframe has a lot of potential (if its build to proper standards and developed a bit further to get rid of its worst vices) but barely trained german late war emergency pilots are never goingto be able to fly it.
Heinkel He-162B
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Inspired by a Luft-46 Arado design, I gave the He-162 a twin ruder tail somewhat similar to the Me-110. This tail would be bolted on not glued like the OTL Salamander.
 
Dixie-45*
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The Hughes XP-99 was a late war design that never got off the blueprints and into the factories, it had rotating propellers and a V-12 engine mounted behind the cockpit and a replaceable RATO rocket in the tail for extra boost.
The plane used many un-proven features for the time such as a tricycle landing gear as well as the contra-props and was to be armed with 3x20mm cannons, one in the nose and one in each wing plus 6x50cal heavy MGs , two in the nose and two in each wing .

The plane was un-officially dubbed the "lightning" and it's primary mission was to intercept Union bombers and their escort fighters that were wrecking the CSA across the map.

*Dixie-45 will be used for late war paper designs of the CSA that never went into production and feature very advanced or radical technologies for the time much like "Luftwaffe-1946" designs.

A slightly different painted version is over on the "TL-191 Featherston's Finest" Thread - https://www.alternatehistory.com/fo...-the-csa-and-freedom-party.450965/page-55#top
 
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The Hughes XP-99 was a late war design that never got off the blueprints and into the factories, it had rotating propellers and a V-12 engine mounted behind the cockpit and a replaceable RATO rocket in the tail for extra boost.
The plane used many un-proven features for the time such as a tricycle landing gear as well as the contra-props and was to be armed with 3x20mm cannons, one in the nose and one in each wing plus 6x50cal heavy MGs , two in the nose and two in each wing .
Great design as always and nitpicky criticism as always: 1) That canopy is super aerodynamic but visibility is gonna be garbage even with the further forward position of the cockpit. 2) Synchronized guns shooting through contra-props dont realy work very well, even if you manage to get the gear set up reliably you will loose nearly all of your RoF.
 
Great design as always and nitpicky criticism as always: 1) That canopy is super aerodynamic but visibility is gonna be garbage even with the further forward position of the cockpit. 2) Synchronized guns shooting through contra-props dont realy work very well, even if you manage to get the gear set up reliably you will loose nearly all of your RoF.
I'm glad you have critiques for this design because that's part of the concept here, it's a radical design of un-proven concepts drawn up near the end of a war that is not going well for the CSA.
In other words a weapon of desperation like the delta and flying wing designs of "Luft-46", they look cool on paper but we know today that the technology to make them work to their full capabilities isn't there yet.

I deliberately drew as cool a looking a plane as I could without a care about practicality. :)
 
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The Hughes XP-99 was a late war design that never got off the blueprints and into the factories, it had rotating propellers and a V-12 engine mounted behind the cockpit and a replaceable RATO rocket in the tail for extra boost.
The plane used many un-proven features for the time such as a tricycle landing gear as well as the contra-props and was to be armed with 3x20mm cannons, one in the nose and one in each wing plus 6x50cal heavy MGs , two in the nose and two in each wing .

The plane was un-officially dubbed the "lightning" and it's primary mission was to intercept Union bombers and their escort fighters that were wrecking the CSA across the map.

*Dixie-46 will be used for late war paper designs of the CSA that never went into production and feature very advanced or radical technologies for the time much like "Luftwaffe-1946" designs.

A slightly different painted version is over on the "TL-191 Featherston's Finest" Thread - https://www.alternatehistory.com/fo...-the-csa-and-freedom-party.450965/page-55#top
Nice post, I should do some more for my CSAF 1945 concept
 
Hmmm ... AD 2002, eh? For the life of me, one can't decide whether to count that as a happier year than this one - not least because AD 2022 is not even halfway done yet!
2002 my biggest worry was how many tackles I'd get on friday night, or trying to pass Algebra. Now adays I got a lot more weight on my shoulders lol
 
Only metaphorically; I'm reasonably sure anyone worrying about tackles on the gridiron has plenty of weight to worry about - on their shoulders and anywhere else the opposition can catch onto!
 
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