The comments about being painted in black are quite interesting. The Beaufighter I night fighter and the Mosquito NFII were both painted overall in matt black and so were the undersides of all RAF bomber command heavy bonbers from Whitley to Lincoln. However, a more unsuitable colour one could not find as the silouhette of the plane stood out far more than if it had been painted in some other colour including white! The Germans mastery of camouflage left the British standing. It was not until much later in the war that the R.A.F. began to understand the vageries of camouflage for example the soft pink used on reconnaissance Spitfires after D-Day. As for the USAAF some of their aircraft were painted in Olive Drab but so many were left in natural aluminium and just to make sure they could be seen were finished off with bright yellow/red/blue on the nose, tail, and wing tips. What ever rocks your boat.
Naga, 14.07.2012 01:24
No, most aircraft operating at night were not painted overall black, including the Uhu. Perhaps on the undersides, but when looked at from directly above, black would be visible against the backdrop of even a darkened countryside. That's why most night aircraft (with the exception of some P-61 Black Widows) only had black undersurfaces. If you look at some of the illustrations on this website about British aircraft, you'll notice the same thing.
John, e-mail, 02.05.2012 00:10
I am courious, since it was a night fighter, was the plane also painted overall black?
Klaus Schneider, e-mail, 13.08.2011 01:33
Hello excuse me, here one very interesting Cokpit paneel on Ebay.Germany He 219 UHU original. The Ebay Name is - ggart146 the item number: 330 600 649 487 The article unfortunately does not appear on Ebay because it is not Paypal. A very rare and beautiful part. Greetings from Germany Klaus
nana, 20.06.2011 13:53
What a night fighter, the first aircraft to have an ejection seat! Was a stellar night fighter that could hold it's own, too bad the high command didn't see the promise in this
, e-mail, 20.06.2011 13:52
Heinkel He 219 Uhu
OttoBufonto, e-mail, 18.06.2010 21:17
Folks, please write Daimler-Benz. The typo really hurts.
Dave, e-mail, 03.07.2009 00:12
Yet another example of German design brilliance coupled with blinding arrogance/stupidity by the politicians
stephenlangks, e-mail, 24.01.2009 01:15
herman goring & the luftwaffes bias on messerschimitt messed them all up
G Davis, e-mail, 12.09.2007 05:31
What a night fighter, the first aircraft to have an ejection seat! Was a stellar night fighter that could hold it's own, too bad the high command didn't see the promise in this awsome design that could of helped the reich! Isn't it amaizing how many Geman aircraft in WW-2 used equipment that are now mainstays in modern fighters?
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