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    Posted: 06 Mar 2016 at 11:05

I share with you a full report and photos of one of the most curious and faster design of aircraft produced in Germany before the war and ended up not entering service. Visiting the link below you will find an extensive report, many photos and a poll. Click the link below, make a visit and give your opinion about the impact and supremacy that this plane would have given the Luftwaffe, had been produced and entered into active service.


http://aviacaoemfloripa.blogspot.com.br/2011/03/heinkel-he-119.html


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Impact and supremacy? None whatsoever. The elongated propellor shaft was a technical nightmare and since it passed straight through the cockpit, a serious threat to aircrew safety. I seem to remember something about the glass being difficult to see out of in some circumstances.

Reconnaisance planes were not built as a priority and history shows that an aircraft that exceeds the defences of the target nation inspires further defences to beat it, thus the use of this aeroplane in combat would have seen specifications issued for the aircraft designed to shoot it down. I do note that a combat role was envisaged with the addition of bomb racks and so forth in the later prototypes but this does not mean the aircraft was suitable for such activity.

Speculation is fun but at the end of the day the RLM were not interested in this aircraft. That is despite Heinkel being one of the favoured few of aircraft manufacturers in Nazi Germany. It was of course a private venture and these were always difficult to persuade the authorities of their worth. Note that the Bf109 was one of a minority of private ventures to achieve service, and that was only because Ernst Udet discovered what a good aeroplane it was - he had originally dismissed it with "this will never make a fighter" and Heinkel had engaged in slanging match between Messerschmitts new design and Heinkel's rival He112.

This brings up an interesting point. Messerschmitt had clearly been chasing airspeed records as a means of promoting his aircraft (the Me209-I clinched it until long after the war) and the RLM were keen that this Me209 record remained an advertisement of their front line fighter, which had been named for propaganda purposes the Me109R. Heinkel also had ambitions. His He113 (renamed He100 for propaganda) had a speed racer version, but this was played down by politics to maintain the reputation of the Bf109. So Heinkel was thwarted and clearly trying to find another avenue for speed records, in this case the He119. Like all aircraft created for racing, it was never going to be a total success adapted as a warplane (Please note that the Me209-I was completely unsuitable for combat roles despite attempts to try it. It was in fact a very brittle and dangerous aeroplane to fly. The later Me209-II was a different design altogether and not seriously considered).
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