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Heinkel He 114

He 114

National origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Heinkel
First flight: 1936
Introduction: 1939
Retired: 1945 (Luftwaffe) 1960 (Romania)
Primary users: Germany Sweden Rumania

The Heinkel He 114 was a biplane reconnaissance seaplane produced for the Kriegsmarine in the 1930s for use from warships. It replaced the company's He 60, but did not remain in service long before being replaced in turn by the Arado Ar 196 as Germany's standard spotter aircraft.

Design and development

While the fuselage and flotation gear of the He 114 were completely conventional, its wing arrangement was highly unusual. The upper set of wings was attached to the fuselage with a set of cabane struts, as in a parasol wing monoplane, whereas the lower set was of much lesser span while having approximately the same chord.

Operational history

The He 114 was never a great success, was not built in large numbers, and served with the Luftwaffe for only a short time. While the He 60 had handled very well on the water but been sluggish in the air, the He 114's handling while afloat was poor and its performance in the air scarcely better than the aircraft it replaced.

12 aircraft were exported to Sweden (where they were designated S 12) and 24 to Romania, where the last 8 remained in service until 1 May 1960.

Variants

He 114A-0
10 pre-production aircraft, powered by a 656 kW (880 hp) BMW 132Dc engine.
He 114A-1
Training version, powered by a 656 kW (880 hp) BMW 132Dc engine. 33 built.
He 114A-2
Main production shipborne version.
He 114B-1
Export version of the He 114A-2 for Sweden. 12 built.
He 114B-2
Export version of the He 114A-2 for Romania. Six built.
He 114B-3
Export version for Romania. 12 built.
He 114C-1
Reconnaissance biplane for the Luftwaffe. 14 built.
He 114C-2
Unarmed shipborne (Kriegsmarine commerce raider) version. Four built.

Operators

Germany

Luftwaffe

Romania

Royal Romanian Air Force

Spain

Spanish Air Force

Sweden

Swedish Air Force

Specifications (He 114A-2)

Data from Warplanes of the Luftwaffe.

General characteristics

Crew: two, pilot and observer
Length: 38 ft 2 in (11.65 m)
Wingspan: 44 ft 7 in (13.60 m)
Height: 17 ft 2 in (5.23 m)
Wing area: 455 ft (42.3 m)
Empty weight: 5,070 lb (2,300 kg)
Loaded weight: 8,091 lb (3,670 kg)
Powerplant: 1x BMW 132K 9-cylinder radial engine, 960 hp (716 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 181 kn, 208 mph (335 km/h)
Range: 497 nmi, 571 mi (920 km)
Service ceiling: 16,075 ft (4,900 m)
Rate of climb: 1082 ft/min (5.5 m/s )
Wing loading: 17.8 lb/ft (86.8 kg/m)
Power/mass: 0.12 lb/hp (0.20 kW/kg)
Climb to 1,000 m (3,280 ft): 4.5 min

Armament

1 x 7.92x57mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine gun in flexible mount for observer
2 x 50 kg (110 lb) bombs

Bibliography

Donald, David, ed. Warplanes of the Luftwaffe. London: Aerospace, 1994. ISBN 1-874023-56-5.
Smith J. R. and Kay, Anthony. German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1972. ISBN 0-370-00024-2.

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