Heinkel He 45

The Heinkel He 45 was a light bomber produced in Germany in the early 1930s, one of the first aircraft adopted by the newly formed Luftwaffe. Its appearance was that of a conventional biplane and included seating for pilot and gunner in tandem, open cockpits. Developed in parallel with the He 46, it appeared in 1931 as a general-purpose biplane and was employed mainly as a trainer, but was also used by the Luftwaffe for reconnaissance and light bombing duties. Production of this plane totalled 512 aircraft, including those built under licence by Gotha, Focke-Wulf, and BFW.

Heinkel He 45
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Heinkel
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1931
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Role Light bomber
Manufacturer Heinkel
First flight 1931
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 512


General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 10.60 m (34 ft 9? in)
  • Wingspan: 11.50 m (37 ft 8¾ in)
  • Height: 3.60 m (11 ft 9¾ in)
  • Wing area: 34.60 m² (372.32 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,110 kg (4,641 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 2,751 kg (6,052 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW VI 7,3 water-cooled V12 engine, 560 kW (750 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 290 km/h (157 knots, 180 mph) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 221 km/h (119 knots, 137 mph) at sea level
  • Range: 1,200 km (649 nmi, 746 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,045 ft)
  • Climb to 1,000 m (3,280 ft): 2.4 min

Armament

  • Guns: 1 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) forward firing MG 17 machine gun and one MG 15 machine gun in rear cockpit
  • Bombs: 300 kg (660 lb) bombs

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