Heinkel He 162A-2

Heinkel He 162

The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger or “People’s Fighter” was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War Two.

The Heinkel He 162 was one of Germany’s last ditch attempts to win back the control of the skies with a cheap jet fighter capable of being flown by almost anyone. Like all the other weapons it came too late to have any effect on the outcome of the war. Developed under the Emergency Fighter Program, it was designed and built quickly and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft.