Designed as an armed reconnaissance aircraft incorporating the wings, fuselage and tail unit of the Ha 139. Powered by four BMW 132H engines. Few built and used as transports by the Luftwaffe.
|A three-view drawing (1340 x 765)|
| ENGINE||4 x BMW 132H, 735kW|
| Take-off weight||16700 kg||36817 lb|
| Empty weight||6390 kg||14088 lb|
| Wingspan||29.5 m||97 ft 9 in|
| Length||19.7 m||65 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||130.0 m2||1399.31 sq ft|
| Max. speed||400 km/h||249 mph|
| Cruise speed||350 km/h||217 mph|
| Ceiling||6800 m||22300 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||4400 km||2734 miles|
It was that plank of a wing that made for the lacklustre performance. Heinkel knew how to design a wing. B&V seem to have become hung up on building clever aeroplanes rather than good ones.
Contrary to what is stated, these planes were deigned as long range mail planes for Lufthansa with the first flight being made on 11th October 1938. With the advent of World War II two of the four built were converted to long range maritime patrol aircraft attached to the second Surveillance Group of Luftflotte III based in France. They had undergone much modification as can be viewed in the 3 view drawing. There overall performance was deemed disappointing and they were withdrawn from use by the end of 1942, even though they had been considered as launch vehicles for the Henschel GT 1200C guided torpedo. The other two V3 and V4 were used as troop transports to Norway and Denmark. They were capable of carrying 30 fully armed troops, but what became of them is not known.
Armament for V1 and V2 maritime patrol versions
5 x 7.92 mm machine guns one in the nose two in beam positions one ventral and one powered dorsal turret.
4 x 100 kg bombs or 8 x 50 kg bombs
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