Messerschmitt Bf 109

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

Specifications / Technical Data / Description

germany

Nicknamed:

‘Emil’ (109E), ‘Friedrich’ (109F), ‘Gustav’ (109G)
Luftwaffe
Manufacturer
Messerschmitt AG
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
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

2 x 7.92-mm MG17 machine guns

720 rounds per minute
velocity: 585 metres per sec (1,920 ft/sec)

1,200 rounds per minute
velocity: 755 metres per sec (2,477 ft/sec)

through propeller hub

above engine
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 Versions

Bf 109A, Bf 109B, Bf 109C, Bf 109D, Bf 109E, Bf 109F, Bf 109G, Bf 109H, Bf 109K, Bf 109T