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Heinkel He 162


TYPE: Single-seat interceptor
ORIGIN: Arado Handelsgesellschaft Warnedmunde
MODELS: He 162A-2
FIRST FLIGHT: December 6, 1944
SERVICE DELIVERY: January 1945
FINAL DELIVERY: N/A

ENGINE:
Model: BMW 003E-1 or E-2
Type: Orkan single-shaft, axial flow turbojet
Thrust Ratings:
  30 Second maximum rating of 2,028 lbs. (920kg)
  Normal Maximum Output: 1,764 lbs. (800kg)
  732 lbs. (332kg) thrust at 497mph (800kph) at 36,090 ft (11,000m)

Fuel Capacity:
230.2 Imperial Gallons (1055 Liters)


DIMENSIONS:
Span: 23 ft. 7¾ in. (7.20m)
Length: 29 ft. 8½ in. (9.05m)
Height: 8 ft. 6½ in. (2.60m)
Wing Area: 120.56 Sq. Ft.

WEIGHTS:
Empty: 3,666 lbs. (1,663kg)
Empty, Equipped: 3,876 lbs. (1,758kg)
Taxying: 6,409 lbs. (2,907kg)
Take-Off: 6,184 lbs. (2,805kg)


ARMAMENT:
Early Versions:
Two 30mm Mk 108 cannon wth 50 rounds per gun
Later Version:
Two 20mm Mg 151/20 cannon with 120 rounds per gun
  PERFORMANCE:
Max Speed: 30 Second Thrust Rating
553 mph (890 kph) at sea level
562 mph (905 kph) at 19,690 ft (6,000m)
525 mph (845 kph) at 36,090 ft (11,000m)

Maximum Speed: At normal max thrust
491 mph (790 kph) at sea level
521 mph (838 kph) at 19,690 ft (6,000m)
475 mph (765 kph) at 36,090 ft (11,000m)

Flight Endurance: At full throttle
30 minutes at sea level
48 minutes at 19,690 ft (6,000m)
83 minutes at 36,090 ft (11,000m)

Range: At Full Throttle
242 mls (390km) at sea level
385 mls (620km) at 19,690 ft (6,000m)

Climb Rate:
3,780 ft/min (19.2m/sec) at sea level
1,950 ft/min (9.9m/sec) at 19,690 ft (6,000m)
315 ft/min (1.6m/sec) at 36,090 ft (11,000m)

Take Off & Landing:
Take-off distance to clear 50ft (15m): 1,072 yds (980m)
Landing distance from 50 ft (15m): 1,040 yds (950m)

Service Ceiling: 39.500 ft. (12,040m)


AVIONICS:
FuG 24 R/T
FuG 25a IFF

The Heinkel He 162 Volksj├Ąger (German, "People's Fighter") was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft, the He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets. Volksj├Ąger was the Reich Air Ministry's official name for the government design program competition that the He 162 design won. Other names given to the plane include Salamander, which was the codename of its construction program, and Spatz ("Sparrow"), which was the name given to the plane by Heinkel.




                     


Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London
Wikipedia - Heinkel He 162
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