Natter - wooden jet fighter of Nazi Germany

In the last days of World War II, already weakened and bloodied, Germany made its last desperate attempts to resist devastating Allied bombing raids. The result was the development of the Natter, a disposable wooden jet fighter.

Its main task is to intercept enemy bombers, fire at them with missiles installed in the bow, after which the pilot must leave the plane by parachute, and the remaining parts of the plane were to be restored for reuse.

The Natter was designed for a vertical launch, which allowed it to be used from small camouflaged areas, rather than from airfields exposed to Allied air raids.

By 1945, Germany was forced to save on literally everything: there was not enough aviation fuel, ball bearings, metal. The use of jet engines in combination with a wooden glider partially compensated for this deficiency, but it was too late.

Natter was born when the outcome of the war was already a foregone conclusion. The industry of the Third Reich managed to produce only a few aircraft, most of which were destroyed. Currently, only one copy of the failed jet interceptor has survived.