Heinkel He 178
The He 178 had a barrel-shaped metal fuselage, with stubby wooden wings mounted high on its sides. The aircraft utilized the conventional three-point retractable landing gear, rather than the tricycle configuration which was later adopted for other jets.
The He 178 went on to reach a maximum speed of 650 km/h (403 mph) – much faster than any piston-engined aircraft of the day. But despite its success, it failed to convince officials from the Reichsluftfahrtministerium ("Reich Aviation Ministry") that it was worthy of further development. Undeterred, Ernst Heinkel led his company in a private development of a twin-engined jet fighter, the He 280, using experience and data gained from the He 178.
The He 178 was placed in the Deutsches Technikmuseum ("German Technical Museum") in Berlin, where it was destroyed in an air raid in 1943.
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