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Heinkel He 51
Heinkel He 51; an airbrush illustration by Les Still
Heinkel He 51; an airbrush illustration by Les Still
Heinkel He 51
Origin;- Ernst Heinkel AG; production see   below.
Type;- A-1 Single seat fighter, B-2 reconnaissance seaplane,   C-1 land ground attack.
Engine;- One 750hp BMW V1 7 3Z vee-12 water cooled.
Dimensions;- Span 36'1" (11m), length 27' 7" (8.4m) B-2   about 31', height 10' 6" (3.2m) B-2 about 11'.
Weights;- (A-1) empty 3,223lb (1462kg), loaded 4,198lb   (1900kg).
Performance;- Maximum speed (a-1) 205mph (330km/h), initial   climb 1969ft (600m) /min, service ceiling 24,601ft (7500m),   range 242 miles (390km).
Armament;- Standard, two 7.92mm Rheinmetall MG 17   synchronised above fuselage; B-2 same plus underwing racks   for up to six 22lb (10kg) bombs, C-1 same plus underwing   racks for four 110lb (50kg) bombs.
History;- First flight (He49A) November 1932, (He49B)   February 1933, (He51A-O) May 1933; service delivery of A-1   July 1934.
Users;- Germany, Spain.
Development;- Gradually as the likelihood of Allied legal   action receded, Heinkel dared to build aircraft that openly   contravened the Versailles Treaty. The most startling was   the He37, obviously a prototype fighter, which in 1928   achieved 194mph, or 20mph faster than the RAF Bulldog which   was still a year away from service. Land and seaplane   versions led to a succession of He 49 fighter prototypes in   the 1930s and these in turn provided the basis for the   refined He 51. After the Arado 65, this was the first   fighter ordered into production for the reborn Luftwaffe.   Though the initial order for the He 51A-1s was only75,   Heinkel was unused to such an order and many were built   under licence by Ago, Erla, Arado and Fieseler - which were   also fast tooling for their own designs. In march 1935 the   Luftwaffe was publically announced and JG1 'Richthofen'   fighter squadron was combat ready at Doberitz with its new   Heinkels in November 1936. 36 He 51A-1s went to spain with   the Legion Kondor, giving a sufficiently good showing for   the Nationalists to buy at least 30 from Heinkel. There   followed a total of 50 of various He 51B seaplane versions,   the 36 B-2s being for service aboard cruisers. The final   batch comprised 79 C-1 ground attack fighters of which 28   served in Spain. The He 51 was still in active service in   September 1939, operating in the close support role in   Poland, and remained as an advanced trainer until 1943

from Military Aviation Library - World War 2 German   Aircraft.
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