The prototype P-1101 V1 was built at a small secret factory in the town of Oberammergau, in southern Germany. By the time of its capture by the allies, the prototype P-1101 V1 was about 80% ready and hidden from the Americans in a hangar in the mountains. The discovered machine was of great interest to engineer Robert Woods of the Bell firm in the possibility of changing the sweep of the wing.
The unfinished car was decided to be transported to the USA, but during unloading the plane was severely damaged, which slowed down further work. They remembered about the German plane only in 1948, deciding to restore and test the unique car.
Due to the lack of an engine, the P-1101 was equipped with an American Allison J-35 turbojet engine, which had a greater weight and dimensions than the HeS 011, but had a significantly higher thrust.
The Bell X-5 was built on the basis of the P-1101 by the American company "Bell" and on June 20, 1951 it was tested in the air. A mechanism for changing the sweep of the wing in flight in the range of 20-60 ° was developed for the aircraft.
- "Aviation of Luftwaffe" /Viktor Shunkov/
- "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/