Heinkel He 45


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Heinkel He 45

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.

Heinkel He 45A three-view drawing (602 x 1022)

 ENGINE1 x BMW-VI-J32, 550kW
  Take-off weight2745 kg6052 lb
  Empty weight2105 kg4641 lb
  Wingspan11.5/10.0 m38 ft 9 in / 33 ft 10 in
  Length10.0 m33 ft 10 in
  Height3.6 m12 ft 10 in
  Wing area34.6 m2372.43 sq ft
  Max. speed290 km/h180 mph
  Cruise speed230 km/h143 mph
  Ceiling5500 m18050 ft
  Range w/max.fuel1200 km746 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.9mm machine-guns

dawang, 21.06.2011 04:59

Pavo" Turkey being a good name for its ability in this war. Does anyone have any details of its service,


wlkriessmann, e-mail, 26.09.2010 01:33

Even that old 'Schbracke" I could not avoid. A few take offs at Straubing Nov 24 1939 (IRYR)


John Cook, e-mail, 12.08.2010 02:32

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, e-mail, 15.07.2008 09:03

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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