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Originally designed as a multipurpose aircraft, the Heinkel He 111 was used alongside the Ju 88 as a standard bomber of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War.

Like its contemporary, the Douglas DC-3, the He 111 had a number of new design features, ranging from its aerodynamic shape and engine cowling to its all-metal construction and retractable landing gear. Nevertheless it did not succeed as a transport aircraft, particularly since Lufthansa ordered only 12 planes for scheduled passenger services. The Luftwaffe showed much more interest.

The exhibited aircraft is one of about 200 examples of the CASA 2.111B version produced under licence until 1956 by the Spanish company Construcciones Aeronáuticas S.A. (CASA) in Tablada, with two British Rolls Royce engines in place of the German engines. After it was taken out of service by the Spanish Air Force in 1967, the plane was used in the film „Battle of Britain.“ It flew for the last time at in September 1970.

Technical specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Construcciones Aeronáuticas S.A., Tablada/Spain, 1948
  • Wingspan: 22.6 m
  • Max. take-off weight:  14,000 kg
  • Crew: 5
  • Speed: 315 km/h
  • Max. speed: 418 km/h at 4400 m
  • Range: 2225 km
  • Power plant: 2 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 500-29
  • Power rating: 2 x 1176 kW (1600 PS)
  • Armament: Max. bomb load 2000 kgm, 3 machine guns