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  • The Heinkel He 178 was the world’s first turbojet powered aircraft, which flew on August 27, 1939. The aircraft was generated from Ernst Heinkel's vision for high-speed aircraft. In cooperation with Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain, Heinkel funded the construction.  The HeS 1 engine was developed by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke and used in the He 178.
  • Although it could only fly for a combat impractical time of 10 minutes, it did reach nearly 375 mph. It demonstrated this during a demonstration flight for the German Ministry of Aviation who later rejected the aircraft as impractical.
  • Concurrently, the Reich Air Ministry was developing its own jet powerplants, axial-flow turbojets that showed much more promise. However, Heinkel was eventually given permission to produce his own jet-powered aircraft that resulted in the He 162.


Status: Replica
Manufacturer: Heinkel Flugzeugwerke
Year: Replica based on 1939 aircraft
Model: He 178
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Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight: 4,405 lb.
Span: 23 ft. 7 in.
Length: 24 ft. 6 in.
Height: 6 ft. 11 in.
Maximum Speed: 372 mph
Cruise Speed: Unknown
Rate of Climb: Unknown
Power Plant: 1 × Heinkel HeS 3 turbojet engine, 992 lb. thrust
Range: 120 mi.
Service Ceiling: 13,123 ft.
Armament: None


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