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About Messerschmitt

Messerschmitt AG, later Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) was a famous German aircraft manufacturer, known primarily for its World War II fighter aircraft, notably the Bf 109 and Me 262. The company survived in the post-war era, undergoing a number of mergers and changing its name from Messerschmitt before being bought by DASA in 1989, now part of EADS.

Background

The government authorities were instrumental in setting up Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW) from the unprofitable Otto-Flugzeugwerke In February 1916, the south German engineering company MAN AG and several banks purchased the aircraft builder Otto-Flugzeugwerke. On this company’s premises the investors established a new business, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG. The articles of association were drawn up on February 19 and 20, and completed on March 2, 1916. Details of the company were recorded in the Commercial Register with an equity capital of RM 1,000,000 on March 7, 1916. 36% of the capital was provided by the Bank für Handel und Industrie, Berlin, 30% by MAN AG and 34% by Hermann Bachstein, Berlin. The first Chairman of the Board of Management was Peter Eberwein, who had previously been employed at Albatros Flugzeugwerke.

Due to the need of immediate aircraft production, there was no time for development work, so BFW manufactured aircraft under license from the Albatros Flugzeugwerke of Berlin. This meant that within a month of being set up, the company was able to supply aircraft to the war ministries of Prussia and Bavaria. However, major quality problems were encountered at the start. The German air crews frequently complained about the serious defects that appeared in the first machines from BFW. The same thing had happened with the aircraft from the predecessor company run by Gustav Otto. The reason for these deficiencies was a lack of precision in production. The majority of the workforce had been taken over by BFW from Otto Flugzeugwerke. It was only organizational changes and more intensive supervision of the assembly line that succeeded in resolving these problems by the end of 1916. This done, BFW was able, in the months that followed, to turn out over 200 aircraft per month with a workforce of around 3,000, and rose to become the largest aircraft manufacturer in Bavaria.

The end of the war hit BFW hard, since military demand for aircraft collapsed. The company’s management were thus forced to look for new products with which to maintain their position in the market. Since WWI aircraft were largely built from wood to keep their weight down, BFW was equipped with the very latest joinery plant. What is more, the company still held stocks of materials sufficient for about 200 aircraft, and worth 4.7 million reichsmarks. It therefore seemed a good idea to use both the machinery and the materials for the production of furniture and fitted kitchens. In addition, from 1921 onwards, the company manufactured motorcycles of its own design under the names of Flink and Helios.

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2-seat
S2   0.5L TS M-4
17.9 kW / 24.0 hp / 24.0 hp  33.0 N·m / 24.3 lb·ft / 24.3 lb·ft
   

Messerschmitt TG 500 (1959)

2-seater minicar, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 0-valve straight (inline) engine, two stroke, 490 cm3 / 29.9 cu in / 29.9 cu in, 17.9 kW / 24.0 hp / 24.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 33.0 N·m / 24.3 lb·ft / 24.3 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S2   0.4L TS M-4
14.5 kW / 19.4 hp / 19.4 hp        
   

Messerschmitt Tiger (1960)

2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 0-valve straight (inline) engine, two stroke, 400 cm3 / 24.4 cu in / 24.4 cu in, 14.5 kW / 19.4 hp / 19.4 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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