Heinkel He 280
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Heinkel He 280

The He 280 takes off for the first time

Specifications for He 280 V3
    Engine: 2x Heinkel He S 8 A centrifugal turbojets
    Wing Span: 12.20 m
    Length: 10.40 m
    Height: 3.06 m
    Weight: Empty 3,215 kg / Loaded 4,280 kg
    Maximum Speed: 650 km/h
    Ceiling: 10.000 m
    Range: 370 km
    Crew: 1
    Armament: None (production model 3x 20mm cannons)

The world's first jet powered production fighter, the He 280 was unique in many ways, It was the first twin-jet engined aircraft, the first jet aircraft to go beyond prototype stage, the first fitted with the world's first ejection seat and first to have one used*! Designed by Robert Lusser in 1939 ,it had it's first flight without the jet engines on the 22/9/1940 and with them fitted and working on the 30/3/1941. All together only nine He 280 were ever made out of an order from the RLM for 20 aircraft. *On the 31/1/1943 Fritz Schafer catapulted from the He 280 V1, he landed uninjured but the aircraft was lost.

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