The He 45 was the first of Heinkel's combat aircraft proper for the Third Reich. At the time of its appearance the general practice of using HD designations for Heinkel Doppeldeckers (biplanes) and HE designations for Heinkel Eindeckers (monoplanes) was dropped in favour of He designations.
Appearing in 1931, the He 45 was a two-seat general-purpose biplane powered by a 559kW BMW VI engine. Early production examples were employed mainly as trainers, but subsequent aircraft produced by Heinkel, Gotha,
Focke-Wulf and BFW were used by the Luftwaffe for reconnaissance and light bombing duties. Production totalled 512 aircraft.
|A three-view drawing (602 x 1022)|
| ENGINE||1 x BMW-VI-J32, 550kW|
| Take-off weight||2745 kg||6052 lb|
| Empty weight||2105 kg||4641 lb|
| Wingspan||11.5/10.0 m||38 ft 9 in / 33 ft 10 in|
| Length||10.0 m||33 ft 10 in|
| Height||3.6 m||12 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||34.6 m2||372.43 sq ft|
| Max. speed||290 km/h||180 mph|
| Cruise speed||230 km/h||143 mph|
| Ceiling||5500 m||18050 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1200 km||746 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.9mm machine-guns|
Pavo" Turkey being a good name for its ability in this war. Does anyone have any details of its service,
Heinkel He 45
Even that old 'Schbracke" I could not avoid. A few take offs at Straubing Nov 24 1939 (IRYR)
|John Cook, 12.08.2010|
A mission featuring He 45 aircraft of the 'Flying Turkeys' squadron is in Russell Palmer's documentary film Defenders of the Faith, shot in colour. His film is supposedly the only colour footage of the Spanish Civil War.
|Ronald Lee, 15.07.2008|
It appears that this aircraft took part in the Spanish Civil War since it appears in photos of Nationalist Aircraft referred to as "Pavo" Turkey being a good name for its ability in this war. Does anyone have any details of its service, numbers involved and was in part of the Condor Legion equioment os bought by Spain brior to the war?
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