Heinkel HD 28

The Heinkel HD 28 was a reconnaissance seaplane developed in Germany in the 1920s for export to Japan. It was a conventional single-bay biplane with equal-span, unstaggered wings and three cockpits in tandem. The fuselage was braced to both the upper and lower wings with a number of struts on its sides, in addition to the normal cabane struts. The rudder extended below the line of the lower fuselage, and there was a large ventral fin fitted. The rearmost cockpit incorporated a ring mount for a gunner.

HD 28
Heinkel HD 28 L'Air August 15,1928.jpg
Role Reconnaissance seaplane
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Heinkel
First flight 1926
Number built 1

A single example built by Heinkel and supplied to Aichi as a pattern aircraft, given the designation Aichi Experimental Three-seat Reconnaissance Seaplane, for possible production in Japan, but was rejected due to problems with the engine and also failure to meet performance and weight reduction targets.


General characteristics

  • Crew: Three
  • Length: 11.00 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.00 m (49 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 4.52 m (14 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 59.5 m2 (640 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,365 kg (5,215 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,850 kg (8,490 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lorraine Dietrich 18K , 485 kW (650 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 198 km/h (124 mph, 108 kn)
  • Range: 1,250 km (780 mi, 680 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft)


Further readingEdit

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 498.