Heinkel He-115 Bomber Plane
The Heinkel He-115 was a WW2 German Anti-Shipping floatplane bomber first flown in 1937, it was operated primarily by the Kreigsmarine and Luftwaffe against Allied convoys. The He-115 could be armed with mines, bombs or torpedoes depending on operational requirements. The main non German operators of the Heinkel He-115 was the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service (RNNAS).
It is of note that the RAF operated four Norwegian aircraft covert operations during the war which their Norwegian pilots flew to England when the Germans invaded Norway. The Norwegian aircrew flying the RAF Heinkel He 115 aircraft were in a very dangerous position as they were attacked by fighters from either side, one was shot down by Spitfires and another by German Bf-109's.
Heinkel He-115 B-1 Armament:
- Single fixed 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine gun, one flexible 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine gun in the dorsal and nose positions
- Five 250 kg (550 lb) bombs (or)
- Two bombs and one 800 kg (1,760 lb) torpedo
- One 920 kg (2,030 lb) sea mine
Heinkel He-115 B-1 Specifications:
- Crew: Three
- Length: 17.30 m (56 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 22.28 m (73 ft 1 in)
- Height: 6.60 m (21 ft 7.75 in)
- Empty weight: 5,290 kg (11,670 lb)
- Loaded weight: 10,400 kg (22,928 lb)
- Engines: Twin 706 kW (960 PS) BMW 132K 9-cylinder radial engines
- Maximum speed: 327 km/h (203 mph)
- Combat radius: 2,100 km (1,305 mi)
- Service ceiling: 5,200 m (17,100 ft)
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