Air Enthusiast 1972-09
E.Brown - A brush with exoticism /Viewed from the Cockpit/
An Me 163A (left) in company with its redesigned and larger derivative, the Me 163B.
The landing skid of the Me 163B in the extended position.
The main instrument panel carried the normal array of rate-of-climb indicator, turn-and-bank indicator, fine-course altimeter, and altitude-compensated ASI reading from 100 to 1 000 km/h. Two pressure gauges were mounted on the starboard side of the main panel, and the small panel mounted to port carried the landing skid control, a pull-out handle for fuel jettisoning, and a cock for emergency take-off trolley jettisoning. A hydraulic hand pump and selector valve also to port operated the two-position lading flaps.
The RAE transonic research aircraft project with pilot occupying a prone position beneath the intake ducting and a dual-skid landing gear.