Heinkel AG VTOL "Wespe"
Part two of the "Luftwaffe Project Design Series", The trouble with conventional aircraft is that they need runways, long expensive concrete runways so that they can take-off and land. During times of war, the enemy's airports and their hard-surfaced runways make inviting targets. They might just as well have big white letters stating "BOMB HERE"! What is needed in times of total war is an interceptor which can take-off and land vertically from hiding places like cities, farms and wooded areas. This is the story of one VTOL (verticle take off and landing) proposed by the Heinkel AG company, for the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany during World War II.