Special Hobby Aircraft 1/48 Heinkel He178V1 Worlds First Jet Aircraft Kit
The Heinkel He 178V-1 is arguably one of the world´s pioneering aircraft designs. It became the very first aircraft to be powered solely by means of a jet engine. The engine designed by Hans von Ohain enabled the diminutive wood-winged aircraft with metal fuselage to reach a speed of up to 650km/h. On August 24, 1939, the taxiing trials of the aircraft were commenced and only three days later, an HeS-3b engine equipped prototype took off for the very first time from Marienehe airfield. In total, the He 178V1 made twelve flights, always with Flugkapitan Erich Warsitz at the controls, this making him the first jet pilot in the aviation history.