Twin-engined strategic fighter, competing for orders with
the Fw 57 and Bf 110. The Hs 124 was bulkier than the
Bf 110 and Fw 57. The blunt, glazed nose seated a gunner.
For its size the Hs 124 was a agile and fast aircraft, but
Luftwaffe requirements were better fulfilled by the Bf 110.
|A three-view drawing (1258 x 628)|
but because of a shortage of supply it flew with BMW 132 engines.
Henschel Hs 124
Further to my earlier note the machine illustrated is the V2 powered by BMW 132Dc this model was fitted with 2 20mm cannon in the nose fired by a gunner,although this gun could be fired by the pilot. The V1 (see the 3 view drawing) was powered by 2 Junkers Jumo 210C engines and featured a mock up the proposed 20mm belt fed Rheinmetall Borsig cannon in a flexible turret. The V3 "destroyer" was initially proposed to fly with DB601A engines, but because of a shortage of supply it flew with BMW 132 engines.
This plane was let down by engine and armanent supplies. The 3 examples built were given over to training duties and were able to out dive,turn and roll a Bf109; another case of what if!
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?