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Germany's Heinkel He 178 jet fighter

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  • Heinkel He 178 jet fighter
  • Heinkel He 178 jet fighter

Design

The Heinkel He 178 was the first aircraft to be powered by a jet engine to fly.1

Prototype

The prototype He 178 first flew on August 27, 1939.1,2

Specifications

  Heinkel He 178
Type Research3
Crew 13
Engine (Type) 1: HeS 31,2, HeS 3b3
Thrust 1,100 lb1,2, 1,102 lb3
500 kg3
Dimensions  
Span 23' 3.5"3, 24'1
7.1 m3
Length 24' 6.5"3, 25'1
7.51 m3
Height 6' 10.625"3
2.1 m3
Wing area 85.04 sq ft3
7.9 sq m3
Weight  
Empty 3,505 lb3
1,590 kg3
Normal load 4,387 lb3
1,990 kg3
Performance  
Speed ~440 mph1
Speed at Sea Level 360 mph3
580 kph3
Armament None3

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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