WWII German prototype aircraft Blohm & Voss BV141 was noted for which unique design characteristic?
The structural layout of the Blohm & Voss BV 141, a single engine reconnaissance aircraft prototype, was considered asymmetric. Its single engine was positioned on the left side along with the aircraft tail unit and the left wing, a crew gondola (smaller than the engine/tail unit) was positioned to the right of the engine with a length of wing between each. The right wing was attached to the crew gondola.
Richard Vogt, chief designer for Hamburger Flugzeugbau (an aircraft manufacturer established by shipbuilding firm Blohm & Voss), created the design of the BV 141. He created other asymmetric aircraft designs that never reached the prototype stage.
Designed in the late 1930s, only a small number of craft were produced (estimated between 13 and 28 units). The German Air Ministry eventually chose the Focke-Wulfe Fw 189 for production, deeming the BV 141 was under powered, though it met other design criteria.
Several wrecked examples were discovered by the Allies at the end of the war, no complete examples survived.