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Hü 211
Role Night fighter
Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Hütter
Status Never flown
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 2
Developed from Heinkel He 219

The Hütter Hü 211 was a prototype long-range reconnaissance and heavy night fighter commissioned by the Reich Air Ministry in late 1944.

Wolfgang Hütter had been a peripheral figure in the design of German aircraft in World War II, specializing in glider construction. However, his glider expertise could usefully be employed in long-range, high-altitude aircraft, and Heinkel suggested he be involved in the modification of their He 219 aircraft for long-range reconnaissance and as a night fighter.

Hütter was asked to complete the design as quickly as possible, and borrowed heavily from the existing He 219, Junkers Ju 288 and Dornier Do 335. The only original parts were the wings and tail surfaces, which were constructed from wood as a weight-saving measure to enable better performance. The wings were extremely long, and resembled those of a high-performance sailplane. The finished product was meant to be delivered in February 1945 and to be able to evade British de Havilland Mosquito fighters.

Work was stopped after the two prototypes were destroyed by an air raid in December 1944.

Specifications

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General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 16.50 m (54 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 24.50 m (80 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 4.80 m (15 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 40.0 m² (430.4 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 9,480 kg (20,856 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 17,500 kg (38,500 lb)
  • Powerplant:Junkers Jumo 222 24-cylinder supercharged liquid-cooled engine, 2,387 kW (3,200 hp) each

Performance

Armament

References

  • Luftwaffe Secret Projects - Ground Attack & Special Purpose Aircraft, D. Herwig & H. Rode, ISBN 1-85780-150-4

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