The unconventional Blohm und Voss BV 141

One of the more unusual aircraft to emerge from Germany’s aviation industry during the Nazi era was the Blohm und Voss BV 141. Malcolm V Lowe describes this unconventional type’s protracted development and eventual fate


The type’s curious asymmetric configuration is shown to advantage in this overhead image of one of the BV 141B-0 pre-production airframes, probably the B-09 (V17), NC+RH

A massive programme of rearmament took place in Germany following the Nazi accession to power during early 1933. It led to many companies turning their hands to providing equipment for the nascent Luftwaffe. This created extensive work for existing aviation manufacturers and their suppliers, both large and small, but it also came to involve numerous organisations that were specialists in other fields of industry.

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