| The design of the Messerschmitt
P.1073 parasite fighter program started in 1941, intended to be launched
from a bomber, defend the bomber formation and then glide back to home.
The prototype aircraft were made by the DFS. Flight testing beginning in
1943, the aircraft were taken skywards "piggy back" on a converted
Do 217E with out any form of propulsion to
see what the flight characteristic would be like, before free flights, the
results were very successful in both cases. The V2/3 was fitted with much
smaller wings to test the aircraft movabillity for a bombing roll.
In early 1944 when tests were done with pulsejets engine,
fitted to the rear of the fuselage of the Me 328A prototype, the wooden
airframe could not cope with the noise and vibration from the Argus engines,
with two aircraft being lost in flight because of airframe failure. The
engines were then fitted to the under side of the wings to try and improve
matters, but the problems persisted.
Powered testing of the Me 328