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

    Engine Application: Daimler Benz DB 603 A

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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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    He 219 Wing

    Existing camouflage paint helped Museum specialists recreate the wave pattern elsewhere on the night fighter during its restoration.

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    Replicating the He 219 Patterns

    Specialists compare the original He 219 pattern with a replicated section. 

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    Applying He 219 Pattern

    Museum specialist Dave Wilson applies the wave pattern of the Heinkel He 219 as part of the aircraft's restoration.

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    He 219 Balkenkreuz

    A closer look at the lower wing starboard Balkenkreuz of the Heinkel He 219 with its shape laid out with special masking tape.

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    Finished He 219 Wing

    The finished He 219 wing, with the rearward half of the Balkenkreuz left untouched.

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    He 219 Painting

    Curator Evelyn Crellin and Museum specialist Dave Wilson discuss paint finish and upper starboard wing Balkenkreuz on the He 219.

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Display Status:

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.