Heinkel He 177



Heinkel He 177


Photo 1 is a front/starboard side view taken from slightly underneath a flying aircraft.
Photo 2 is a flying aircraft viewed from underneath.
Photo 3 is a port side view of a flying aircraft.




Three b/w photographs on an album page


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[Photograph] He 177



Heinkel HE 177.
The search for a high altitude bomber to replace the Ju 88 & He 111 lasted four years & failed to turn up an effective answer. The He 177 Greif (Griffin) heavy bomber evolved too late & failed to live up to its promise. The original idea was very advanced, but the shortage of suitable power plant meant its designer, Siegfreid Gunter, was compelled to rely on the expedient of coupling two 1000hp Daimler Benz engines together, using two of the units to power the HE 177. They proved unreliable & were prone to overheating. The first prototype flew in November 1939 & became operational at the end of 1942. Production totalled 909 aircraft, but the programme was withdrawn by the end of 1944.


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