Heinkel He 162A W.Nr.
Last of its
by Stephen Fochuk
Heinkel He 162
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The National Aviation Museum of Canada, located in Ottawa, boasts an
impressive collection of unique, rare and historically significant
airframes. When it comes to its collection of warbirds, one airframe
is hardly ever mentioned.
The airframe in question is Heinkel He-162A-2, Werke Number 120086.
This little gem is in a league of its own for the simple reason
that it still retains 100% of its original factory applied
camouflage, only the markings have been altered. Whether or not the
museum is aware of this significance or doesn't care remains a
So, if you are student of late-war German Air Force camouflage and
would like to study an original specimen, then here is your chance.
But, you had better be quick for rumour has it that '86 will be
either restored like 120076 or traded to another museum for the
simple reason that it has been erroneously judged to be of lesser
Of note, '86 has been languishing in a dismantled state since the
late '60s, so the plane should be reassembled in order to properly
study it. Also, the cowling to the BMW 003 has been sprayed with a
reddish oily wax inhibiter hence the red colour seen in a few of the
The national markings you see on the fuselage, the main plane and
the vertical stabs are from when they were applied over the R.A.F.
markings for display at Hyde Park in September 1945.
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Created 30 December 2004
30 December 2004
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