The VSKYLABS Test-Pilot: He-162 Project

A High Definition 1st Jet-Fighter Simulation for X-Plane 11

Designed for use with X-Plane's latest Experimental Flight Model

The VSKYLABS Test-Pilot: He-162 Project Introduction

The VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot': He-162 Project for X-Plane flight simulator was designed to allow a glimpse into the common practices involved in flying a 1st generation jet fighter aircraft.

The Heinkel He-162 was designed and built as the cheapest and simplest aircraft to be manufactured, flown and get operational ASAP, yet to set a high bar of performance and capabilities. It was designed with the approach of having the aircraft lineup to be built by unskilled or semi-skilled human resources. The construction lineup included war prisoners as well. These circumstances lead to the creation of a high performance innovative jet fighter, which was poorly and harshly built and constructed.

The He-162 was built mainly from Duralumin and wood, and suffered from glue integrity and stability issues which led to several crashes along its development and short operational path. Its engine (mainly the BMW 003 series turbojet engine) was a 1st generation axial-flow turbojet engine which had to be managed very carefully, in a quite of a narrow operational flight envelope. The engine tended to flame-out and suffered from various malfunctions, which lead also to aircraft losses.

The VSKYLABS He-162 project is an experimental effort to try and replicate the various aspects involved in flying and operating the high performance yet low integrity 1st generation jet fighter He-162 aircraft. The project was designed to introduce some of the challenges that were existing in operating and flying such aircraft.

Unless being flown and operated within limits (mechanically and aerodynamically), the VSKYLABS He-162 *will* blow tires, collapse landing gears, lose flying surfaces, experience engine flame-outs, engine fire, break-up and other surprises...just like its real-world big brother.

This project is part of the VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' series, designed specifically for use with X-Plane 11 cutting edge Experimental Flight Model.

The VSKYLABS Test-Pilot: He-162 Project Highlights

The VSKYLABS Test-Pilot: He-162 Project is a 1st generation fighter jet simulation of the Heinkel He-162 aircraft, designed to explore the boundaries of this fascinating flying machine, its capabilities and limits with the use of Laminar Research X-Plane Flight Simulator. The project is following the general design of the He-162-A2 aircraft, incorporating a wide-scale research and insights from its design to flying reports and testimonials.

The project has been under development for almost 5 years now. It started as a long-term research effort which evolved into a virtual-restoration project/journey...and was constructed piece by piece through the years. The unique project will allow to see and "feel" the He-162 in a bit of a different light than the "usual" He-162 in combat flight simulators...This project is focusing on how the He-162 actually worked, and how to fly and handle it in practice, in a highly defined research-based simulation in X-Plane 11.

The VSKYLABS He-162 is being test flown during development by real-world Jet-Fighter pilots with actual 1st Generation Jet-Fighter experience.

The project includes a comprehensive, highly detailed and illustrated He-162 Pilot's Operating Manual booklet which includes detailed explanations regarding the He-162, its systems and how it was operated authentically during WWII.

Project's Main Features:

  • VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot' project.

  • Highly defined flight dynamics model of the He-162 First Generation Jet-Fighter.

  • Damage simulation (Airframe and systems).

  • Built around the powerful, native X-Plane's 'Experimental Flight Model' environment.

  • Highly detailed model of the Heinkel He-162 aircraft.

  • Systems simulation: All core systems of the He-162 are modeled.

  • Fully functional VR (Virtual Reality) Ready.

  • Multi-Layer FMOD sound pack.

  • The project is under constant development: development road-map is including flight model refinements, enhanced systems depth, additional liveries and other improvements.

  • STMA Autoupdater is included: Project updates are fast and efficient!

  • Highly responsive VSKYLABS support forums.


During the extensive research and development process of the VSKYLABS He-162 Project, VSKYLABS had contacted several restoration and military-history archives and specialists who contributed info and other materials for the project. As a result, the VSKYLABS He-162 is featuring an authentic, high-resolution photo-real instrument gauges representation. These were constructed and engineered as functional replicas of the real He-162 instrument gauges.

Meeting/being in contact with wonderful, kind, professional and friendly people who share the same passion for aviation was such a great honor and excitement! A huge 'Thank You!' was delivered in person, and now being written here to all personas involved!

One of the major information and photos contributor is ''. They are an absolute *treasure* for warbird collectors and lovers, with so many vintage parts, instruments and other aviation artifacts from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's. Their website address is

Another major contributor is no other than 'Memorial-Flight'. Founded in 1988, Memorial Flight is dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of the French and European aviation heritage, with cooperation with the Musee de l'Air et de- l'Espace, Paris, France. They have restored/rebuilt various aircraft icons for flying condition and static display, including the amazing (static) He-162 aircraft which was restored and presented at the Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace. 'Memorial Flight' contributed detailed information and photos which were processed and implemented into the VSKYLABS He-162 'virtual restoration'. Their website address is

Another contributor for instrument gauges information and photography is 'Axis Militaria', which is involved in WW2 aircraft and vehicle parts and memorabilia (USA, Japan, Germany). Their website address is

Another contributor for instrument gauges information and photography is '' - they are WW2 Aviation and Spitfire specialists, being a supplier and an impressive resource for WW2 and WW1 aviation related items. Their website address is