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He 115

ManufacturerHeinkel Flugzeugwerke
Primary RoleSeaplane
Maiden Flight1 August 1938


ww2dbaseThe He 115 aircraft were three-seat seaplanes that entered German military service in 1939. At the start of the European War, they served mainly as minelayers that dropped parachuted naval mines in British waters. After Germany occupied Norway, they effectively operated off the Norwegian coast as torpedo bombers against Allied shipping until British carriers increasingly sailed with the convoys. Additionally, He 115 seaplanes also served as reconnaissance aircraft. Interestingly, seven of them were sold to Norway before the war, and they operated against the invading German forces in 1940. Four of the Norwegian He 115 seaplanes survived the invasion and withdrew to Britain; three of them subsequently served with the British Air Ministry. The military forces of Sweden, Bulgaria, and Finland all operated some of these seaplanes.

ww2dbaseDuring the design's production life, 138 aircraft were built.

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Last Major Revision: Apr 2008


MachineryTwo BMW 132K 9-cylinder radial engines rated at 845hp each
Armament1x7.92mm fixed MG 17 machine gun, 1x7.92mm flexible MG 15 machine gun, one torpedo or 1,000kg of bombs
Span22.28 m
Length17.30 m
Height6.60 m
Wing Area87.50 m
Weight, Empty5,290 kg
Weight, Loaded9,080 kg
Speed, Maximum349 km/h
Service Ceiling6,520 m
Range, Normal2,100 km


German He 115 aircraft dropping a torpedo on an unidentified merchant ship in the English Channel, 1940He 115 aircraft performing a low fly-by of German warships, date and location unknownHe 115 aircraft taxiing on water, date unknownOverhead view of a taxiing He 115 aircraft, date and location unknown
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German He 115 aircraft dropping a torpedo on an unidentified merchant ship in the English Channel, 1940
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