De  Schelde S.21
Designed by TE Slot for the Dutch firm De Schelde, the S.21 was a single seat fighter which reached the advanced prototype stage. Construction commenced early in 1939. Slot believed that, with all the weight concentrated on the fighter's CG. the S.21 would make an excellent gun platform and offer a degree of manoeuvrability comparable with, if not superior to, that of more orthodox single-seat fighter configurations. Superb view with the firepower concentrated in the nose were to be other advantages.
Of course the concept was not new when you look at other designs of the period including the SAAB-21A, Vultee XP-54 and the ORIGINAL Bell XP-59 design. However, aspects that deviated from these designs included an extensively glazed cockpit and a semi-reclined seat for the pilot. The intended powerplant was to be a Daimler-Benz DB 600Ga 12-cylinder inverted-vee of 1,050hp. A three bladed prop was driven via an extension shaft. Danger for the pilot from the pusher prop when in the event of bailing out was to be solved by "jettisoning" the propeller just prior. Not only was it intended to take on the interceptor role, low-level ground attack was also envisaged. A 23mm Madsen cannon was to be fixed for the interceptor role and flexible for ground attack role. This being achieved by an automatic stabilising system whereby the pilot only had to adjust the rudder while operating the flexible cannon mode. Other armament included four 7.9mm FN-Browning machine guns.
What happened after May 1940 with the half-finished prototype is not clear.
The device is still listed as "Beuteflugzeug" in a message from the "Wehrmacht Befehlshaber in the Niederlanden" to the "Reich Minister der Luftfahrt" in Berlin, dated December 15, 1941. This is talk of a possible destructive testing in the "Zerlegebetrieb" in Utrecht.
There is also an indication that the S-21 to 1942 (or May 1943) on the ceiling of a factory of De Schelde shipyard has hung and then is discharged by the Germans.
Type
Single seat fighter
Engine
1 Daimler-Benz DB 600Ga
Dimensions
Length 7,43 m, height 2,60 m, span 9,00 m, wing area
Weights
Empty 1700 kg, flying weight 2500 kg
Performance
(Est.) Max. speed 590 km/h, cruising speed 520 km/h, range 950 km, service ceiling 10000 m
Armament
(Prop.) 4 7,9 mm MG, 1 23 mm canon