Heinkel He 63

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He 63
Role Trainer
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Heinkel
First flight 1932
Number built 2 prototypes

The Heinkel He 63 was a trainer biplane built in Germany in the early 1930s. It was a largely conventional design with single-bay wings, fixed tailskid undercarriage, and two open cockpits in tandem. An unusual feature of the design was the highly swept, arrow-shaped upper wing, braced to the lower wing by N-type struts. Prototypes of the He 63 were built in both landplane and seaplane form, but no production ensued.

Specifications (Landplane)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two, pilot and instructor
  • Length: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.70 m (8 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 24.4 m2 (263 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 820 kg (1,800 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,250 kg (2,750 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Argus As 10C, 120 kW (160 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)
  • Range: 1,100 km (684 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 3,900 m (12,800 ft)

References[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 501. 
  • Nowarra, Heinz (1983). Die deutsche Luftrüstung 1933–1945. Bonn: Bernard and Graefe. pp. Teil 2, p.173.