Heinkel He 219 A-2/R4 Uhu (Eagle Owl)

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    Heinkel He 219 A-2/R4 Uhu (Eagle Owl)

    Engine Application: Daimler Benz DB 603 A

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    Engine Application: Daimler Benz DB 603 A

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    Rob Mawhinney-Chris Redderson-Heinkel He 219 plan review

    The late Rob Mawhinney (at left) and Reddersen (holding a nose-gear actuator from the Heinkel He 219) consult a Luftwaffe maintenance manual for the 219. Mawhinney was an experienced aircraft restoration specialist. During his 22 years at the National Air and Space Museum, he oversaw numerous projects. He died last November.

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    Heinkel He 219 A Uhu at the Udvar-Hazy Center

    Heavily armed with up to eight cannons and guided to its  target by radar, the Heinkel He 219 Uhu (Eagle Owl) was one of the Luftwaffe's most formidable night fighters.
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    Heinkel He 219 A-2/R4 Uhu (Eagle Owl)

    Getting the Heinkel 219’s fuselage (at right) into it’s designated spot in the Museum’s Boeing Aviation Hangar required the restoration team to first move the nearby Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and then wrangle it back into position.

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    Heinkel He 219 A-2/R4 Uhu (Eagle Owl) restoration staff

    Historic aircraft receive the utmost care from the Museum’s dedicated team of restoration experts. Reddersen (center) and the crew gently lower the 219’s restored nose landing gear into place.

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

The He 219 has been described as the best night fighter operated in World War II by the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. It may have been the best night fighter of the war. Only the American Northrop P-61 "Black Widow" shares the He 219's unique status of being designed for night operation. The He 219 was fast, maneuverable, and carried devastating firepower. It was the only piston-engined Luftwaffe night fighter which could meet the fast British De Havilland "Mosquito" on equal terms. Advanced features included cannons mounted to fire at an oblique angle, the first steerable nosewheel on an operational German aircraft, and the world's first ejection seats on an operational aircraft.