Heinkel HE-70 High Speed Mail & Passenger Plane
The Heinkel HE-70 Blitz was designed in the early 1930s as a fast mailplane for Lufthansa. It was developed in response to a Lufthansa request for a faster aircraft than the Lockheed Vega and Orion for use on short routes. The first HE-70 flew on December 1, 1932 and proved to have excellent performance, setting eight world records for speed over distance, and reaching a maximum speed of 222 mph. Although it was a good design, the HE-70 only flew for a few years with Lufthansa and the military versions rapidly became outdated. Lufthansa operated HE-70s between 1934 and 1937 for fast flight service between Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Sevilla and Cologne. In 1937 the remaining aircraft were transferred to the Luftwaffe. It is claimed that the HE-70 inspired the design of the Aichi D3A Val carrier dive bomber and possibly the wings of the Supermarine Spitfire. This model shows a HE-70 flying with Lufthansa in 1935.