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German manned rocketplane. Flown 1935. The Heinkel He-112 was an unsuccessful pre-war German monoplane fighter, competing for orders with the Bf 109. However it entered rocketry history when tests were conducted with rocket engines.

Crew: 1
Engines: 1 * 680hp Junkers Jumo 210Da
Wing Span: 11.50m Length: 9.00m Height: 3.70m Wing Area: 23.20m2
Empty Weight: 1680kg
Speed: 488km/h Ceiling: 8000m

Crew Size: 1.

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  • Heinkel German manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Heinkel, Germany. More...

  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space 1915-1960, NASA, 1961. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Dornberger, Walter, Peenemuende, Moewig, Berlin 1985..

He-112 Chronology

February 1937 - . Launch Site: Peenemuende.
  • German rocketplane tests - . Nation: Germany. Spacecraft: He-112. Three flight tests were made between February and April in a He-112 equipped with a 300 kgf liquid fuel rocket engine by Flight-Captain Erich Warsitz from Neuhardenberg near Berlin. On the final flight Warstiz smelled something burning, and made an emergency belly landing. He survived but the aircraft had to be written off. Engine exhaust had flowed back into the space between the engine and fuselage and burnt cables. Work on this engine continued at Area 4 at Peenemuende. The planned application was a 1000 kgf JATO pod, with a burn time of 30 seconds, to boost bombers into the air.

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