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.
Development - Combat - He 111A - He 111B - He 111C - He 111D - He 111E - He 111F - He 111G - He 111H - He 111J - He 111P - He 111R - He 111Z