New Nazi Planes

Pictured above is the Blohm & Voss Bv-222, six-engined flying boat, one of which was shot down recently between Tunisia and Italy. Wingspan is about 150', length between 110' and 120'. Conflicting specifications filter through, because very few of these planes exist, it is believed. Engines are BMW-132 DCs of 1,000 hp each. Maximum speed is 200 mph. When cruising speed is 170 mph, range of 4,400 miles is claimed.

Of current interest are several other new German types. The Henschel 129, on which details are far from complete, is smaller than its prototype, also the Hs-129. The reason for this designation duplication is probably that the first Hs-129 never went into operational service, or if it did, was later withdrawn in favor of this improved version. The new plane is smaller in overall dimensions than its predecessor; the wingspan has been reduced from 50' to 44' 6", the length from 36' to 33' 3". The prototype wings had a gentle taper on the leading edge, but the taper of the trailing edge increased on the outer panels; the tailplane had a back-swept leading edge and a trailing edge on which the taper began approximately at the semi-span. Both wing and tailplane had square, shelving tips, while the fuselage had a small, almost pointed nose (in line with the spinner), and tapered to the rear. The latest Hs-129, however, employs a straight leading edge, with pronounced taper to the trailing edge. It retains the square shelving tips. The tailplane has a higher aspect ratio than the old Hs-129, and tapers more or less uniformly to rounded tips. The fuselage now has a blunt, round nose, and begins to taper aft of the trailing edge. It is also much slimmer. The new Hs-129 has mightier motors, however, than its predecessor, two 650-hp Gnome-Rhone 14M radials instead of two 450-hp air-cooled, inline Argus engines. The armament consists of a 7.9-mm machine gun and a 15-mm cannon on each side of the nose, plus a 30-mm cannon below the fuselage, which may be replaced by bomb racks.

We have provocatively little on these others. It is known, however, that all the following planes are powered by Daimler-Benz, 1,375-hp engines (DB-601) or Daimler-Benz 1,500-hp (DB-603A) engines. All operational types are the Dornier 29, twin-engined fighter; the Me-119, twin-engined fighter with a very small wing span, and the Gotha 155, four-engined heavy bomber. The next group of planes cannot be placed definitely in either the experimental or operational class, because their exact degree of development is not known: the He-121 is a single-engined fighter, and a rebuilt version of the He-113; the He-119, long range fighter, has two engines, carries three-man crews the Henschel 133 is also twin-engined, carries a three-man crew, and is called an escort fighter.

This article was originally published in the June, 1943, issue of Air News magazine, vol 4, no 6, p 22.
The article includes a painting of a Bv-222 in flight above a skerry with lighthouse. View is from 10 o'clock high.
Painting signed by Robert Lindgren.