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Heinkel P.1079B

Single-Seat, All-Weather Heavy Fighter Proposal [ 1946 ]

The Heinkel P.1079B single-seat, all-weather fighter was the second of five designs all falling under the P.1079 project designation.

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Drawn up as a possible all-weather and night-fighter, the P.1079B was the natural progression of a line of design studies undertaken by Heinkel engineers during the latter World War 2 (1939-1945) period that began with the P.1079A (detailed elsewhere on this site) of early-1945. In its original form, the aircraft carried a two-person crew (seated in tandem, back-to-back) and the aircraft sported large, swept-back wing mainplanes along with a "V-tail" plane arrangement. A side-by-side twin engine configuration would power the machine.

In the "P.1079B" revision, the aircraft was modified extensively by becoming a near-flying-wing design. The larger surface area of the delta-wing arrangement meant that no horizontal tailplanes were needed. The V-tail was given up in favor of a more traditional single fin. Furthermore, the wing mainplanes, sweptback at 45-degree angles, were now cranked to become "gull-wing" in form, giving the possible fighter a futuristic appearance. Again a twin turbojet engine configuration would be used for propulsion and a tricycle undercarriage for ground-running. The crew was reduced to a single person in this new design approach and his position was set under a lightly-framed cockpit near the nose of the aircraft. Each engine was aspirated through a circular intake located at each wing root and would be exhausted near the wing trailing edges, ahead of the tail unit. Structural measurements included a running length of 29.6 feet and a wingspan of 42.8 feet.

Power would come from 2 x Heinkel Hirth HeS 011 turbojet engines providing for an estimated maximum speed of 630 miles-per-hour.

In any event, the P.1079B was not progressed any further than paper drawings and may have been a product of the early post-war period following the capitulation of Germany in May 1945.

A subsequent P.1079B design, the so-called "P.1079C", took on many of the same qualities listed above and added heavier sweep to the mainplanes, deleted the vertical tail fin altogether, and reverted to a crew of two (in tandem, back-to-back). The same armament was retained as was the twin turbojet layout.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Nazi Germany

Development Ended.


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
Ability to intercept inbound aerial threats by way of high-performance, typically speed and rate-of-climb.
X-Plane (Developmental, Prototype, Technology Demonstrator)
Aircraft developed for the role of prototyping, technology demonstration, or research / data collection.

29.5 ft
(9.00 m)
42.7 ft
(13.00 m)
13.1 ft
(4.00 m)
Empty Wgt
11,023 lb
(5,000 kg)
22,046 lb
(10,000 kg)
Wgt Diff
+11,023 lb
(+5,000 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Heinkel P.1079B production variant)
Installed: 2 x Heinkel HeS 011 turbojet engines developing 2,866lb of thrust each.
Max Speed
575 mph
(925 kph | 499 kts)
32,808 ft
(10,000 m | 6 mi)
1,647 mi
(2,650 km | 4,908 nm)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Heinkel P.1079B production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
4 x 30mm MK108 automatic cannons in nose section (two guns per fuselage side).

Supported Types

Graphical image of an aircraft automatic cannon

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0

P.1079B - Base Project Designation.

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