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Henschel Hs 127



Type: High Speed Bomber
Origin: Henschel Flugzeugwerke AG
Models: V1 and V2
Crew: 3
Production: Two prototypes
First Flight:
  V1: Late 1937
  V2: Spring 1938

Powerplant:
Model: Daimler-Benz DB 600D
Type: inverted liquid-cooled V12
   Horsepower: 850hp
   Number: 2

Dimensions:
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Weights:
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Performance:
Maximum Speed (Unconfirmed): 354 mph (570 kph)
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Initial Climb: N/A
Endurance: N/A
Service Ceiling: N/A

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The Henschel Hs 127 was a German bomber that was built as two prototypes, but cancelled without entering mass production.

In 1935, the RLM (Reichsluftfahrtministerium - German Ministry of Aviation) published requests for a fast tactical bomber. Junkers, Focke-Wulf, Messerschmitt and Henschel all submitted designs.

According to RLM specifications, the plane was to be able to maintain a speed of 500 kph (313 mph) for 30 minutes, take-off to a height of 20 m (65 ft) in not more than 750 m (2,460 ft), and carry one defensive machine gun and 500-800 kg (1,100-1,760 lb) of bombs. The crew was to consist of a pilot, a bombardier/navigator and a gunner.

Focke-Wulf soon withdrew from participation, so three projects were presented: the future Hs 127, the Junkers Ju 88 and the Messerschmitt Bf 162. Prototypes were ordered of all three, with new Daimler-Benz DB 600 engines to be installed on all three types.

The maiden flight of the Hs 127 V1 was at the end of 1937. The plane was smaller and lighter than the Ju 88 and had a very good top speed of 565 kph (353 mph), but the Ju 88 was chosen because of its bigger bomb load.

In May 1938, the contract for Hs 127 development was cancelled by the RLM and the third prototype was not finished.

The Hs 127 was a low-wing monoplane with monocoque fuselage. Its two-spar wing had an all-metal covering and was equipped with flaps. Its retractable gear had shock-absorbers to facilitate operations from poor airstrips. All 3 crew members sat in the nose.


Henschel Hs 127.


Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London
Wikipedia - Henschel Hs 127

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