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CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)

This is not Heinkel-111, as it may seem at first glance, it is a copy of the German aircraft, made in Spain under license. The CASA 2-111 bomber was produced from 1945 to 1955, a total of 236 pieces were built.

CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)

I have seen these bombers many times in movies and in photos, but in reality the plane was much larger than I imagined. Its length is 16.4 meters, a wingspan of 22.5 meters and a height of 3.9 meters. The maximum take-off weight of 14 tons, speed up to 440 kilometers per hour, the maximum flight altitude of 7800 meters. With a crew of 5 people and a bomb load of 3000 kg, the aircraft had a flight range of about 2000 kilometers.

CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)

The only external difference from the progenitor-the engine nacelle. The Spanish version of the Heinkel-111 had a British engine Rolls-Royce Merlin with a capacity of 1475HP. At CASA-2-111 air intakes for the radiators is much greater than on the German prototype, and advanced far ahead, to the plane of rotation of the propeller.

CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)

In the Spanish air force aircraft of this type were in operation until 1973.

CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)

CASA 21-111 aircraft participated in the filming of "Battle of Britan" (1968) and "Patton" (1972), "playing the role" of their German parents.

CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)

This aircraft in good condition flew to Le Bourget in 1975.

CASA 211, Spanish bomber (Le Bourget aviation museum)