Heinkel He 170 and He 270



Heinkel He 170 and He 270


Photo 1 is missing.
Photo 2 is a starboard view of a He 270 on the ground.




One b/w photograph on an album page


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Heinkel 170.
The Manfred Weiss Flugzeug und Motorfabrik at Budapest was manufacturing the Gnome-Rhone 14K Mistral Major 14 cylinder radial engine, & evinced interest in the possibility of installing these engines in the HE 70 airframe. This was agreed to and Heinkel designated the aircraft as the HE 170 V1. The Hungarian Government ordered a batch of 18 which were delivered in late 1937 & early 1938. The aircraft operated throughout the Balkan Campaign, but was unpopular with its crews because it burned readily when hit, its defensive armament was totally inadequate & its field of fire poor.


Heinkel HE 270.
During 1937, Heinkel proposed that existing HE 70F airframes should be completely overhauled, re-engined with DB 600 or DB 601, & fitted with up-dated operational equipment. With these changes it was suggested that the Luftwaffe could be provided rapidly & economically with a reconnaisance [sic] bomber with an enhanced performance. The aircraft was designated HE 270 as a three seat Light Reconnaisance [sic[ bomber but development was then abandoned.


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