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The He-162, produced by Heinkel, was a low cost fighter jet aircraft with only one engine. It was designed to be produced in large quantities. Although a single engine design, it was slightly faster in level flight than twin engine jets.
On September 8, 1944 the Luftwaffe requested an inexpensive jet powered fighter aircraft be developed to intercept Allied bombers. Only a little over three months later, on Dec. 6, 1944, the first He-162 flew.
To keep costs down, the aircraft's fuselage was constructed of light metal alloy, while the nose of the aircraft and wing was made of plywood.
The engine was mounted on top of the fuselage. This saved cost and construction time of not having to build an aircraft fuselage around the engine.
There are conflicting stories about the handling of the aircraft. While most agree that the position of the engine did not affect aerodynamics, some say that it made the aircraft top heavy, and unstable during flight. Other accounts are that it handled comparable to other fighters while having a higher top speed.
A number of problems were encountered with the first few jets produced. This was largely a result of the demands to go into production quickly. The adhesive bonding the plywood was found to contain an acid that ate into it. Although production aircraft were manufactured with a different adhesive, prototypes were not. This resulted in the loss of a prototype during a test flight on December 10, 1944 when the wing disintegrated.
By February of 1945 about 120 He-162's had started replacing piston engine aircraft. However, none ever saw combat due to the war ending.
At one time the Luftwaffe considered having the Hitler Youth fly the jet fighter due to a lack of experienced pilots. After some experimenting, the idea was dropped. A jet aircraft was beyond the capabilities of all but the very best pilots.
A test variant was designed to operate using low octane lawn mower type fuel to ease Germany's fuel shortage. Another had forward swept wings. Experimental aircraft were tried with twin engines for interception missions.
When the Allies moved into Germany, they found about 800 of the aircraft in various stages of construction at a number of underground facilities.
Eventually the British Royal Air Force acquired eleven of the aircraft for testing. We do not know the results of those tests.
RC He-162 from Kavan.
Pictured above and immediately below is the rc He-162 from Kavan. It has a 36" wingspan and is 29” long. Motors can be a Power 330, Hacker B20-12L, or equivalent, driving a Micro Fan unit.
Nitro Planes has a rc He-162 with a brushless motor drivng a fan unit, however we do not know if they still stock it.
In the second picture below is the rc He-162 from EAM USA built by Heiner Skroblin. Wingspan is 39” and length is 31”. Power comes from a speed 480 motor driving a WeMoTec mini fan.
Century Jet Models has a rc He-162 kit for sale shown in the third picture below. It features an epoxy fuselage and sheeted foam wings. Dimensions of the 1/5 scale model are 57” wingspan, 73” length and an all up weight from 14 to 16 lbs. It can be powered by a .91 engine driving a 5” fan unit. Century Jet Models sells a rc Heinkel He-162 version just for turbine power.
The last picture is of a rc He-162 built from a Midwest kit by Ken Lapointe. Its wingspan and length are both 55". Powering the model is a Medusa motor turning a 88 mm fan unit. Weight is around 8.5 lbs.
Free Air has a rc He-162 that is afoamy. The wingspan is 23” and length is 22”. Recommended power is a GWS 40 motor, or for more power a Feigao 4200 motor.
Hobby-Lobby has a rc He-162 as either ARF or RTF. It has a 30 1/2" wingspan, a length of 39 1/2", and weighs about 22 oz. Included is a brushless motor turning a 64 mm EDF unit.
Starmax has a rc He-162 that is a foamy. It has a 31" wingspan and is 39" long. Weight is about 21 oz. It comes as a ARF and RTF. The RTF version includes a radio, receiver, servos, motor, controller, 64 mm fan unit, flight battery and charger.
RC He-162 from EAM USA.
Century Jet Models rc He-162.
RC He-162 built by Ken Lapointe.
Neils of RC Groups posted about his rc He-162.
Komet44 of RC Groups is selling his rc He-162.
At RC Groups gliders is selling a rc He-162.
At RC Groups tobi-wan-kenobi posted pictures and a description of his rc He-162.
At WattFlyer RC Dynamite27 was looking for a motor for his rc He-162.
There are plans for a 47" wingspan rc He-162 on eBay.