The He 70K (later He 170), a fast reconnaissance airplane variant was used by the Royal Hungarian Air Force in early World War II during 1941-42. The Luftwaffe operated He 70s from 1935, initially as a light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. As soon as purpose build designs became available, it was relegated as a liaison and courier aircraft.
The main weakness of the He 70 in military use was that crews
considered it a fire risk. Elements of the airframe were made out of
so-called "Elektron (alloy)", though the majority of the monocoque fuselage was Duralumin. Elektron is a very light, yet strong, alloy of magnesium,
which burns readily when ignited, and is difficult to extinguish.
Moreover, the wings contained a 47-gallon fuel tank apiece, which may
have further added to the aircraft's reputation for being flammable. A
single hit from a light machine gun
is reputed to have usually set the entire plane ablaze. The Hungarian
He 170A (a military version derived from the He-70 with a new WM-K-14
radial engine), fleet was retired for this and other reasons, including
poor defensive armament, short range and poor view from the cabin, and
replaced with vintage, high-wing He 46
monoplanes, until modern Bf 109 fighter-recce and specialized Fw 189
"Uhu" medium altitude observation aircraft could be introduced.
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und Darstellung der Modelle dienen. Eine politische Einstellung / Gesinnung
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Den allgemein geltenden Gesetzen und Richtlinien,
die zwar eine Ausstellung von NS-Symbolen erlaubt, aber eine Verherrlichung
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