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Natter - Nazi Germany's wooden jet fighter



In the last days of World War II, already weakened and bloodless Germany made the last desperate attempts to withstand the devastating raids of the Allied bombing aircraft. As a result, a one-time wooden Natter fighter jet (Viper) was developed.

Its main task is to go out to intercept enemy bombers, to launch a volley at them with missiles mounted in the bow, after which the pilot must leave the plane by parachute, and the surviving parts of the aircraft should be restored for reuse.

The Natter was designed for a vertical launch, which allowed it to be used from small disguised sites, and not from airfields subjected to allied air raids.

By 1945, Germany was forced to save on just about everything: it lacked aviation fuel, ball bearings, and metal. The use of jet engines in combination with a wooden glider partially compensated for this shortage, but it was already too late.



Natter was born when the outcome of the war was already a foregone conclusion. The industry of the Third Reich managed to produce only a few aircraft, most of which were destroyed. Currently, only one instance of a failed jet interceptor has been preserved.

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