Manufacturer: Saunders Roe (Heinkel)

Model: SR.43 (He 562)

Name: Lizard

Type: Target fighter

Date: 1946

Status: Operational service

Country: United Kingdom (Germany)

Service: Royal Air Force

Designation: Lizard I


When the British discovered an unpiloted Heinkel Salamander derivative, the He 562,  and seized documents and engineering material from Heinkel's factory, they reverse engineered it and had Saunders-Roe build a batch of 100 for the RAF as the Lizard I.

These jet-powered targets (the very first in Britain) provided considerably valuable information about jet-powered combat that was put to good use by British manufacturers.

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