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The Heinkel He 111 was a German medium bomber used during World War II by the Axis. It first flew in 1934 disguised as an airliner, because of restrictions set after World War I, and entered service in 1935. The He 111 was powered by two Junkers Jumo 211 engines and could carry up to 4,400 bombs internally. It was also armed with one 20 mm cannon, one 13 mm machine gun, and up to seven 7.92 mm machine guns.
The conception of the He 111 had been inspired by a specification issued by Deutsche Lufthansa, which called for an airliner suitable for high speed passenger and mail services. Aware that orders for such a machine would be limited, as a purely civilian aircraft would not be commercially worthwhile, and the soon to be unveiled Luftwaffe would require a machine suitable for bombing missions, Walter and Siegfred Gunther designed a dual purpose aircraft.
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- ↑ Green, William. Famous Bombers of the Second World War. Purnell Book Services. 1975. Page 8