This Heinkel VTOL (Vertical TakeOff and Landing)
fighter/interceptor was based on an earlier design, the "Wespe"
(Wasp). Engineer Reiniger of the Heinkel company in Vienna started the
design work on Febuary 25, 1945 and completed the design on March 8, 1945.
The "Lerche" (Skylark) employed a ducted wing planform with contrarotating
propellors, powered by two Daimler Benz DB605D engines. The pilot lay in
a prone position in the extreme nose, and projected armament was two MK
108 30mm cannon.
Model photo of the "Lerche II"
Mario Merino's "Lerche II" images
Span: 4 m (13' 1.6")
Length: 9.4 m (30' 10.4") Max. Speed: 800 km/h
The schematic to the left shows a typical Lerche
II takeoff, interception and landing flight plan.....