November 1932 to 1945
1 × BMW
12 cylinder water cooled inline engine producing
up to 660 hp
Bomb load up to
The Heinkel He 49a single seat biplane made its first flight
in November 1932 it was seemingly a civilian advanced trainer.
However, its BMW VI engine gave it a top speed of almost 325
km/h, which was in keeping with its true role as the forerunner
of the first fighter to serve with the Luftwaffe upon its
official formation in April 1935. Two more prototypes were
built, the He 49b flown in February 1933 with a fuselage lengthened
by 0.40 m, and the He 49e with faired landing gear.
The Warplanes of the Third Reich.
German Aircraft of the Second World War.
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