The Hs 132 was a jet-engined dive bomber. The pilot lay prone in
a small fuselage; the single engine was carried on the back,
and the aircraft was fitted with twin tail fins. The factory
was occupied by the Soviet army just when flight tests were
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There were three prototypes at various stages of completion when the Russians arrived. As correctly noted the V1 (powered by a 1,760 lb thrust BMW 003 engine) was very close to it's first flight, the Jumo 004 powered V2 was 80% complete and the He S 011 powered V3 was 75% complete.
Span 29'21/2" Length 23'7" Height 9'10" Wing area 159.3 sq ft
Loaded weight 7,496 lb
Max speed 485 mph @ 20,000 ft 435 mph with bomb
Service ceiling with bomb 32,810 ft
Armament 1 x 1,100 lb bomb with possible later additions to include six/eight Panzerblitz rockets, 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon and 2 x 30 mm MK 103 cannon
One of the main problems with a prone pilot is that humans are 2 lagged animals. Walking with our spine at right angles with our plane of vision is possible because our spinal cord inters our skull from the bottom, not from the back as in 4 legged animals. Because of this arrangement, if you are lying on your stomach, but trying to look forward, and not down, you must lift your head at almost a 90 degree angle to its normal alignment. While this is possible for a short time, over a prolonged period it tends to get very tiresome. Luckily the invention of “G” suites has relieved fighter pilots from the necessity of having a “Big Pain in the Neck”.
|Fardad Izadi, 17.02.2014|
I think, the engine of this plane maybe stalled during the diving recovery.
were ever even prepared. Only a wooden mock-up was half-finished. The picture by the way is an artists impression af the plane, not a photo.
Henschel Hs 132
Very interesting plane,more advanced at time;your appareance liked a some little spacecraft.at me such design are usefull for designed a ligth strike land plane for present days among Fairchild A-10 warthog.
Ofcourse you have Leo..............that's the way we all fly them!!! ;)
|leo rudnicki, 09.04.2009|
The artist is much better than a photo. The prone position has, on many aircraft because of lower frontal area or resistancr to G on pullout from a dive, proven untenable like landing a tailsitter VTOL. I have, however, flown sims from a comfortable semi-reclining position.
"Although some references refer to this picture as a photo of the completed Hs 132 V1, it is actually an artist's impression by Gert Heumann...."
|THE WHO, 25.03.2008|
THE PHOTO IS REAL. IF THERE IS A WEBPAGE FOR THE HS 132, THEN THE AIRCRAFT EXISTED AND THE PHOTO IS REAL. THE PICTURE BY THE WAY HAS BEEN DIRTY AND THE GLOSSY PAPER HAS DULLED.
|Cardinal Sin, 21.02.2008|
No, it isnt a modified He-162. It even had a different engine. Also, no flight tests were ever even prepared. Only a wooden mock-up was half-finished. The picture by the way is an artists impression af the plane, not a photo.
Pratically,a modified He-162.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?