He 118[1]

The Heinkel He 118 was one of the designs considered for use by the Luftwaffe as a dive bomber.


Designed as a competitor in the second phase of the Sturzbomber programme for a definitive dive bomber, this beautiful machine was certainly the most advanced contender. The first prototype flew in late 1935 on a British engine of 955hp, and two much-modified DB-powered aircraft followed in early 1936. But despite its fine qualities its timid performance in the fly-off at Rechlin in early June 1936 gave the great Stuka programme to Junkers. Later in that month Udet himself forgot to set coarse pitch in a vertical dive and had to bail out of a disintegrating third prototype. Ten A-O pre-production machines had provision for two MG 17 in the wings, an MG 15 in the rear cockpit and internal bomb load of 551|b (25Okg) or 1,102lb (500kg) when flown solo. The He 118's only claim to fame is that it was the first aircraft to fly with a turbojet, an HeS 3A being air-tested under the fuselage of the second prototype in early 1939. The forth and fifth prototypes went to the Japanese Navy and Army, respectively.[2]


  • Designation: He 118 V1 to V5 and A-0
  • Origin: Ernst Heinkel AG.
  • Engine: (V1) Rolls-Royce Buzzard, (others) 910hp Daimler Benz DB 6OOC inverted-vee-12 liquid-cooled.
  • Dimensions: Span 49 ft 6 1/2 in (15.O9 m); length 38 ft 8 3/4 in (11.80 m); height 13 ft 8 3/4 in (4.18 m).
  • Weights: (A~O) empty 5.952 lb (2,700 kg); loaded 9,082 lb (4,120 kg).
  • Performance: Max speed 245 mph (395 km/h); range 652 miles (1,050 km).[2]


  1. Aviastar
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wood, Tony and Bill Gunston. Hitler's Luftwaffe. Salamander Books. 1997. ISBN 0 86101 935 0 Page 187