Aircraft Profiles
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Heinkel He 162 - Part I
The Heinkel He 162 'Volksjager' or 'Salamander' was developed for the Luftwaffe as a lightweight fighter that would be jet-powered but still easy to produce using a majority of wooden components as metal was in short supply at the time. It entered service in 1945 and had some combat success as it was capable of very high speed - 562mph (905kph) but losses were high due to accidents and engine flame-outs.

The 162 was used by JG1, initially by I/JG1 (1st Gruppe) and II/JG1 (2nd Gruppe) with plans to expand further, but Allied bombing had thrown the infrastructure into chaos, and moving airfields due to invading forces also reduced combat effectiveness, and with only 120 aircraft delivered by the end of the war, the Salamander never really threatened to tip the balance...

The He 162 A2 was armed with 2 x 20mm cannon.

Country of Origin:
Germany
He 162 - JG 1
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He 162 - JG 1