He 49
The He 49bW floatplane
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Heinkel
Designer Günter brothers
First flight November 1932
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 4
Variants Heinkel He 51

The Heinkel He 49 was a German single-bay, single-seat biplane of mixed construction armed with two machine guns. Four variants were made, the He 49a, He 49b, He 49c and He 49d.[1]


Data from:[2]

HD 49
original Heinkel designation for the He 49, before allocation of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM) designations.
He 49L
generic designation for any of the He 49 landplane variants.
He 49W
generic designation for the He 49 floatplane variant.
He 49a
The first prototype, (originally HD 49), was flown in November 1932
He 49b
the second prototype followed in February 1933, with a modified fuselage to make it 400 mm (16 in) longer, powered by a BMW VI 6.0 V-12 engine.
He 49bW
The He 49b turned into a floatplane
He 49c
The third prototype
He 49d
later prototype Heinkel He 51

Specifications (Heinkel He 49b)

Data from The Complete Book of Fighters,[3] Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933–1945 Vol.2 – Flugzeugtypen Erla-Heinkel[4]

General characteristics

Floatplane: 8.57 m (28.1 ft)
Floatplane: 1,970 kg (4,340 lb)


Floatplane: 310 km/h (190 mph; 170 kn)
Floatplane: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
Floatplane: 3.4 m/s (670 ft/min)



  1. ^ "Heinkel He 49". www.historyofwar.org. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ Donald, David (2000). Warplanes of the Luftwaffe. Barnes & Noble. p. 96. ISBN 978-0760722831.
  3. ^ Green, William; Swanborough, Gordon (1994). The Complete Book of Fighters. London: Salamander. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.
  4. ^ Nowarra, Heinz J. (1993). Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933–1945 Vol.2 – Flugzeugtypen Erla-Heinkel (in German). Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe Verlag. pp. 164, 268–269. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4.