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XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 09:18 AM
http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/baugher_other/he100.html

Just imagine if He100D had been employed in BoB against Hurris and Spits, range 900 km, so no needs for Bf110 escort! Even in 44 He100D would be very competetive as nimble low level fighter in eastern front (fully comparable with Yak 3, La7).
Only MG FF seems to be weak point, but MG151/20 is only about 14 kg hevier...

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 09:18 AM
http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/baugher_other/he100.html

Just imagine if He100D had been employed in BoB against Hurris and Spits, range 900 km, so no needs for Bf110 escort! Even in 44 He100D would be very competetive as nimble low level fighter in eastern front (fully comparable with Yak 3, La7).
Only MG FF seems to be weak point, but MG151/20 is only about 14 kg hevier...

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 10:47 AM
that is a pretty good article, with pros & cons.

It also points out some problems with research into this topic. I always found the 670 km/h to be a bit high. But if this is taken from V4 and not D-1, it could be correct.

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 11:30 AM
FireBird77 wrote:

- Just imagine if He100D had been employed in BoB
- against Hurris and Spits, range 900 km, so no needs
- for Bf110 escort!


True, but that is not the right comparison. He100 came a bit late for employment in BoB. The thing that amazes me is what would be like if Germans had adopted Heinkel He113 as their principal fighter, instead of Bf109.

Best,
Kursula

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 11:33 AM
Typo. I meant, He112.

Kursula

XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 12:35 PM
The He 112 was close in performance, but more expensive to produce, requiring more material and man hours. The choice of the Bf 109 as the single mass produced fighter at the time was the right one.

Once the He 100 made its appearance it was competing against the Bf 109F and Fw 190 pre- and early production a/c, again the choice going for

a. the proven and cheap 109
b. the superior back up Fw 190 with more growth potential

Although I am not certain from which title the following observation came (could have been Yakovlev's biography) the Russians considered their focus on the He 100 to have been a mistake when they bought a couple.

Their final judgement was one of interesting design and performance, but of very low combat value (readiness of design for operational flying).

That's why IMHO one should be careful when looking at prototype or pre-production a/c when judging performance, in the end nothing beats the mass produced series' honest numbers.

BTW, many look wishful at the He 100. but how many of you think about the potential impact of the Fw 187, which was a contemporary of the Bf 110, but more on terms with the Whirlwind. That could have been an effective escort fighter in 1940, if the RLM hadn't persisted in their multi-crew Zerst√¬∂rer complex (however, yet again we are talking "promising" not proven).

Recommended reading:

Focke-Wulf Fw 187
Der vergessene Hochleistungsj√¬§ger
Dietman Hermann & Peter Petrick
Aviatic Verlag, 2001
3-925505-6-0

159 pages, laminated hard cover


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http://www.xs4all.nl/~rhorta
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'99-00 - DoA Jagdstaffel 18
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The rest is history...

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XyZspineZyX
10-22-2003, 12:39 PM
Maj_Kursula wrote:
- Typo. I meant, He112.
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- Kursula
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Why not edit you original post?


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