The Heinkel He 100 was a prototype fighter aircraft designed and developed by Ernst Heinkel for the Luftwaffe. It performed its first test flight in 1938. Although it was a fast aircraft, with a modern design, it never entered active service with the German Air Force. Only a total of 25 He 100 aircraft were built. Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering decided to massively produce the Messerschmitt Bf 109 instead, which became the standard fighter of the German Luftwaffe.
The Heinkel He 100 was an advanced monoplane for its time. It was fitted with an all-metal fuselage, low wings, and retractable landing gear. Its cockpit allowed the pilot to have a 180º field of vision. The He 100D-1 version was powered by one Daimler-Benz DB 601M, V12 piston engine, which generated 1,159 horsepower. It was armed with one 20mm cannon and two 7.62mm machine guns.
Type: prototype fighter aircraft
Wingspan: 9.40 m (30 ft 10 in)
Length: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
Height: 3.60 m (11 ft 10 in)
Maximum speed: 416 mph (670 km/h)
Range: 630 miles