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Google Earth Plug-in: Obertraubling Airfield with Messerschmitt Me321 Giants

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The Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant was a large German cargo glider developed during World War II.

The first Me 321A-1 production aircraft entered service in May 1941 with Grossraumlastensegler 321 at Leipheim, initially towed by Ju 90s and later by the He 111Z and the Troikaschlepp arrangement of three Bf 110s. The later Me 321B-1 variant had a crew of three and was armed with four 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine guns.

The Leipheim and Obertraubling factories had delivered 186 Gigant gliders by the end of 1941, and the remainder of the original order for 200 Gigant's were completed during the first months of 1942, some additional component manufacture being undertaken to keep the lines occupied pending the outcome of trials with the powered derivative, the Me 323.

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