Heinkel P.1079

The Heinkel He P.1079 was a projected German V-tail all weather jet fighter designed by Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in the closing stages of World War II . The aircraft was only a design; it was not produced.

Heinkel He P.1079
Heinkel He P.1079A model aircraft
Role Night fighter
Manufacturer Heinkel
Designer Siegfried Günter
Introduction no evidence proved for the designs submitted to RLM
Status Cancelled

Design and development

In 1945, the German Air Ministry requested new designs for a new generation of jet fighters such as the Horten Ho 229 and Focke Wulf Ta 183. One of these designs was the Heinkel He P.1079. The initial design, known as the P.1079A, was a V-tail night fighter with wings that featured a 35 degree sweepback. The second and third designs were flying wings with a single vertical fin which replaced the V-tail of the P.1079A. The P.1079.B2 was a completely tailless flying wing. None of the three designs were ever produced, with development work ceasing at the end of World War II.

Variants

He P.1079A

Initial design with 35 degree swept wings and a V-tail. Intended to be powered by Heinkel HeS 011 turbojets.

He P.1079B

Second design had a vertical tail and gull wings. This was the single-seat, all weather, heavy fighter with the same intended engines as the P.1079A.

He P.1079B-2 (Entwurf II)

Last design of the He P.1079 and the tailless version; the wings were swept back sharply. This design could accommodate six fuel tanks in the wings. No evidence was found the design was submitted to the RLM.

Specifications (Projected - He P1079A)

Data from

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 14.25 m (46 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Heinkel HeS 011 turbojet engines, 12.74 kN (2,865 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 950 km/h (590 mph, 510 kn)

Armament

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

    Further reading

    • Nowarra, Heinz J. (1993). Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933–1945 Vol.2 – Flugzeugtypen Erla-Heinkel (in German). Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe Verlag. pp. 257–258, 272–3. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4.
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