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27/08/1939 First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178

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Heinkel He 178

The Heinkel He 178 was the world's first aircraft to fly under turbojet power and the first practical jet aircraft. It was a private venture by the German Heinkel company in accordance with director Ernst Heinkel's emphasis on developing technology for high-speed flight. It first flew in 1939, piloted by Erich Warsitz.