Heinkel He-280






Last updated on: March 6, 2012

The He-280 was an early Nazi jet fighter prototype which lost out to the Me-262 in trials. Only nine were built and none saw combat.

This is a work in progress and any help would be appreciated. Information on these planes is rather difficult to locate online and this work will remain incomplete unless you the readers offer to help me. Please feel free to pass along any information that you might have.

At the end of this page is a list of people who have graciously offered their help. Thank you all very much!


He-280 Prototype V-1
*Coded as DL+AS.
*9/22/1940: First flight.
*1/13/1942: Crashed due to control failure. Pilot ejected safely.


He-280 Prototype V-2
*Coded as GJ+CA.
*3/30/1941: First flight.
*6/26/1943: Crashed due to engine failure.


He-280 Prototype V-3
*Coded as GJ+CB.
*7/5/1942: First flight.
*5/1945: Captured at Wien-Schwechat, Austria.


He-280 Prototype V-4
*Coded as GJ+CC.
*8/31/1943: First flight.
*10/1944: Struck off charge at Hrsching, Austria.


He-280 Prototype V-5
*Coded as GJ+CD.
*7/26/1943: First flight.
*Did not receive any jet engines.


He-280 Prototype V-6
*Coded as NU+EA.
*7/26/1943: First flight.
*Did not receive any jet engines.


He-280 Prototype V-7
*Coded as NU+EB and D-IEXM.
*4/19/1943: First flight.
*Flew a total of 115 towed flights.


He-280 Prototype V-8
*Coded as NU+EC.
*7/19/1943: First flight.


He-280 Prototype V-9
*Coded as NU+ED.
*8/31/1943: First flight.

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For their assistance in various parts of this project, I would like to give thanks to the following individual people...

Tjalling Boelman