The He 59 first appeared in 1931 and was a large twin-float biplane powered by two 492kW BMW VI engines. It was produced in limited numbers as a two- or four-seat reconnaissance and torpedo bomber, although numbers were operated as air-crew and armament trainers and for air-sea rescue. In the latter role it survived into World War II. Maximum level speed was 240km/h.
| ENGINE||2 x BMW VI 6.0 ZU, 485kW|
| Take-off weight||8950 kg||19731 lb|
| Empty weight||5440 kg||11993 lb|
| Wingspan||23.7 m||78 ft 9 in|
| Length||17.4 m||57 ft 1 in|
| Height||7.1 m||23 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||153.4 m2||1651.18 sq ft|
| Max. speed||240 km/h||149 mph|
| Cruise speed||205 km/h||127 mph|
| Range w/max.fuel||800 km||497 miles|
| ARMAMENT||1-2 7.92mm machine-guns 15 or 1 x 20mm machine-guns FF cannon|
|A three-view drawing (1000 x 742)|
A He-59D was used by the germans to surprise land in Rotterdam Harbour waters near the Noordereiland bridges to seize these bridges in the darkness of night early 10 may 1940. I believe 3 waterplanes were used and three little dingies with 4 or 5 soldiers got the time to inflate, peddle and climb up the stairs with no opposition except for one policeman "what these men think they were doing?". He got a bullet in the heart for an answer.
"Action in the North Atlantic" with Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey. If you watch carefully, when the planes take off from their base, they are carrying torpedoes. When they attack, they drop bombs. if they dropped torpedoes, the movie would have ended earlier!
|Andy Kliethermes, 13.09.2012|
was this aircraft featured in a movie regarding convoys to russia?
There were four basic models the He59A, B, C, and D. The C model was developed for the air sea rescue role carrying inflatable life rafts and supplies for downed air crew. Later the D model was used in the same role, in fact the colour illustration is of an He59D used in the air sea rescue role.
Do anyone have a manual from this type aircraft
Heinkel He 59
|Geir J. Valla, 31.10.2008|
Hello ! i`am collecting parts to a HE-59. Do anyone have a manual from this type aircraft ?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?