Heinkel He 111C

The He 111C was the first commercial version of the He 111, an aircraft that had originally been designed to fill a Lufthansa request for a ten seat passenger plane. The C-0 was based on the second prototype, and was powered by two 750hp BMW VI inline engines. These engines were the downfall of the He 111C as a civil airliner. They were underpowered for the weight of the aircraft, making them expensive to operate. Six were produced and delivered to Lufthansa in 1936. At least one He 111C was used to carry out long range reconnaissance flights over France, Britain and the Soviet Union, from 1937, under the pretence of commercial research. The remaining five He 111C-0s were impressed into the Luftwaffe in 1939, where they served as air force liaison aircraft. The same fate befell the small number of He 111Gs produced in 1937.

Heinkel He 111, Ron Mackay (Crowood Aviation). A comprehensive look at one of the most famous German aircraft of the Second World War, taking us through its pre-war development, its time as the Luftwaffe's most important bomber early in the war, to its long decline and the eventual collapse of the German bomber force.[see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 June 2007), Heinkel He 111C, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_he111C.html

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