Aviation Photo Gallery
The Heinkel He-162 is currently on display at the Paul E. Garber facility of the National Air & Space Museum. These photos were taken during a visit in 1982. The Garber facility is located in Silver Hill, Maryland. Tours are limited, and reservations are required.
These pictures were taken in 1982. Note that paint is peeling form the aircraft, revealing primers used underneath. This aircraft has recieved numerous touch-ups in it's lifetime - picking out original colors would be difficult at best.
This aircraft was taken on tour after the war. In order to facilitate transport, the wings were sawn off and put back on with hinges. Because of this, it is doubtful whether any serious restoration work will be done on this aircraft in the near future.
Space is at a premium at the Garber facility. Note how closely packed the displays are here. Also note patch of tan primer on the nose. This could possibly be original to the aircraft and aplied at the point of manufacture. The nose cone was usually made of wood (I can't remember if the nose cone of this particular aircraft is metal or wood) and specified primer for wood was a cream color. Is this an aged cream? As well, the Ar-234 had it's main wheel wells primed in exactly this same color! Or it could have been added at a later time. Note that this is different from the primer on the main wheel doors and cannon access hatch (which may also be made of wood.) I cannot verify the materials used in tis particular aircraft - museum officials frown on individuals "thumping" on their aircraft to determine the materials it is made out of...
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