Heinkel Lerche II (Lark) Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1944
Type: Fighter / Interceptor
National Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer(s): Heinkel - Nazi Germany
Production Total: 0
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Weight (Empty): 7,496 lb (3,400 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 12,346 lb (5,600 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 2 x Daimler-Benz DB605D V12 liquid-cooled inline piston engines developing 2,000 horsepower OR 2 x Daimler-Benz DB603E V12 liquid-cooled inline piston engines developing 2,400 horsepower; 2 x contra-rotating propellers in ducted-wing planform.
Maximum Speed: 482 mph (775 kph; 418 knots)
Service Ceiling: 32,808 feet (10,000 meters; 6.21 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 9,800 feet-per-minute (2,987 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
2 x 30mm MK 108 cannons in side fuselage gun pods.
3 x Ruhrstahl X-4 wire-guided missiles fitted along outer panels of ducted-wing assembly.
Global Operators / Customers
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Lerche ("Lark") - Base Program Designation
Lerche II - Refined VTOL fighter design of 1945.