4 decal variants:
1. Heinkel 280 V2, 1943
2. Heinkel 280, 3./JG7, 1944 /alternate marking/
3. Heinkel 280, 7./JG11, 1945 /alternate marking/
4. Heinkel 280, 4./JG4, 1945 /alternate marking/
It was inspired by Ernst Heinkel's emphasis on research into high-speed flight and built on the company's experience with the He 178 jet prototype. A combination of technical and political factors led to it being passed over in favor of the Messerschmitt Me 262. Only nine were built and none reached operational status.