Heinkel He 219

The Heinkel He 219 Uhu was a night fighter serving in the later stages of World War II with the German Luftwaffe. The requirement for an advanced night fighter was issued in 1942 and the He 219 was the product of this program. A relatively sophisticated aircraft, some speculate that had the Uhu been available in quantity, it may have had a significant effect upon the strategic bomber offensive of the Royal Air Force. However very few of the aircraft saw service and the He 219 had no appreciable impact upon the course of the war.

Heinkel He 219
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Heinkel
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1942
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Role Night fighter
Manufacturer Heinkel
Designer Robert Lusser
First flight 6 November 1942
Introduction 1943
Status Retired
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built ~300
Variants Hütter Hü 211


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 15.5 m (51 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 18.5 m (60 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 44.4 m (478 ft)
  • Empty weight: kg (lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,580 kg (29,900 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Daimler-Benz DB 603E liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine, 1,800 PS (1,324 kW) each
  • Propellers: VDM three blade constant speed airscrew

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 616 km/h (333 knots, 385 mph)
  • Range: 1,540 km (831 nm, 960 mi)
  • Ferry range: 2,148 km (1,160 nm, 1,335 mi)
  • Service ceiling 9,300 m (30,500 ft)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • up to 4 x 20 mm (0.787 in) MG 151 cannon in a detachable fairing under the fuselage, 300 rounds/gun
    • 2 x 20 mm (0.787 in) MG 151 cannon in wing roots, 300 rounds/gun
    • 2 x 30 mm MK 108, Schr x ge Musik (oriented 65 above horizontal), 100 rounds/gun

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