Heinkel He 219 and He 274



Heinkel He 219 and He 274


Both photographs are missing and only their captions remain.
The He 219 was designed as a night-fighter, it had a tricycle undercarriage and ejector seats.
The He 274 was a high altitude heavy bomber that never made it into production.




Two typed captions on an album page


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Heinkel HE 219 Uhu (Owl).
The HE 219 was a superb night-fighter, but its potential was largely wasted as a result of official misjudgements. The type was derived from the P.1060 fighter-bomber project that received scant encouragement until 1941, when its promise as a night fighter was realised. Production was ordered of what became the Luftwaffe’s first aircraft with retractable tricycle landing gear & the world’s first operational type with ejector seats. The prototype first flew in November 1942 with two 1750hp Daimler Benz DB 603A inline engines in nacelles suggesting radial engines. Some 300 were ordered & entered service in May 1943, but the programme was cancelled in 1944. The 291A-2 variant was a stripped down aircraft designed to catch the Mosquito.

Heinkel HE 274.
A four seat High Altitude Heavy Bomber powered by four Daimler Benz DB 603A-2 12 cylinder liquid cooled engines. Loaded weight 79388lbs. Max speed 267mph at sea level. Max. ceiling 46920 feet. Detail design & development was transferred to the Societe Anonyme des Usines Farman & two prototypes were ordered from the Suresnes plant plus four pre-production aircraft. As the first prototype was ready for flight testing the works were overrun by the Allied armies (July 1944).


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