Attack anti Tank Aircraft
The Henschel Hs-129 was the only WWII aircraft designed specifically to combat tanks. However, the power of powerplant the first aircrafts, equipped with engines "Argus" As-410A-1 of 2 × 465 hp, was insufficient and on Hs-129 began to be installed French engines, which were at the disposal of Germany after the capture of France.
The Gnome-Ron 14M 04/05 engine in takeoff mode developed a power of 700 hp, at an altitude of 4000 m its power was 660 hp. Simultaneously with work on the Hs-129V-3, 16 Hs-129A-l aircraft, which were now designated Hs-129B-0, were re-equipped for French engines.
Despite the high priority of the battlefield strike aircraft program, the first serial Hs-129B-1 (W.Nr. 0151) left the assembly line of the Schönefeld plant only in December 1941. The production aircraft took into account some of the pilots comments regarding poor visibility: they increased the area side glazing of the sliding part of the canopy, glazing appeared in the upper rear part of the canopy.