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Heinkel HD 43

HD-43
Role Fighter aircraft
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Heinkel
First flight 1931
Status Prototype
Number built 1

The Heinkel Doppeldecker[1] 43 was a prototype German fighter aircraft of the 1930s. A single-engined, single-seat biplane, the HD 43 was designed to meet a secret German Reichswehr requirement for a single seat fighter. It had two-bay wooden wings with a steel-tube fuselage, and was powered by a 750 hp (600 kW) BMW VI engine. The single prototype flew in 1931.[2]

It was evaluated against the Arado Ar 65, with the Arado being selected and no production of the Heinkel followed.[2]

Specifications

Data from The Complete Book of Fighters[2]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.10 m (23 ft 3⅓ in)
  • Wingspan: 10.00 m (32 ft 9⅔ in)
  • Height: 3.30 m (10 ft 9⅞ in)
  • Wing area: 26.56 m² (285.9 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,280 kg (2,822 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,700 kg (3,748 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW VI 7,3Z liquid-cooled V12 engine, 559 kW (750 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 322 km/h (174 knots, 200 mph)
  • Climb to 3,000 m (9,800 ft): 4.9 min

References

Notes
Bibliography
  • Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. New York: Smithmark, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.
  • www.luftfahrtmuseum.com The Virtual Aviation Museum
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