The Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet rocket-powered fighter was one of the Luftwaffe’s more exotic types during WWII. After the war, it was regarded as a novelty by the western Allies. Meanwhile it the Soviet Union, it was tested, studied, and eventually used as the basis for new late-1940s designs.
(Left: A Me-163 Komet with the Luftwaffe during WWII. Right: A Me-163 Komet being tested by the Soviet air force after the war.)
(The MiG I-270.)
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