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Yes it certainly looked better, but did it result in a superior piloting position/ease of flying?
The extensive glazing resulted in very poor vision when either bright sunshine or rainstorms were encountered. In the case of bright sunshine glare throwback was the problem (caused by the curvature); and the pilot's visibility in rainstorms was seriously affected by a mirroring effect caused by water on the glass.
A well known example of the latter, that was the cause of the Heinkel He 111 crash carrying Werner Mölders back from Russia to attend Ernst Udet's funeral.
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This was to facilitate cooperation and coordination.
It was part of RLM design philosophy for bombers ca. 1937-1941. Like, you know, dive bombing and stuff.
A dire consequence of this is the lack of a tail gunner in almost all designs in that time period.
Exceptions: He 177. Ju 290.
The He 111 was already a civilian plane when it was adapted as a bomber, and the Kampfkopf concept could not fully be realized since some crew-served defensive armament had to be located aft of the bomb bay. But it was probably thought that a new nose section (non-stepped as a proper Kampfkopf) would facilitate the movements and the tasks of the nose gunner/ bomb aimer/ navigational assistant sharing the nose of the aircraft with the pilot.
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). The development team for the Jumo 211 A-1 engines managed to increase engine power to 930 hp (690 kW), subsequently the He 111 E-1s bomb load capacity increased to 2,000 kg (4,410 lb) and a top speed of 242 mph (390 km/h).
The He 111P incorporated the updated Daimler-Benz DB 601A-1 liquid-cooled engine and featured a newly designed nose section, including an asymmetric mounting for an MG 15 machine gun that replaced the 'stepped' cockpit with a roomier and more aerodynamic glazed stepless cockpit over the entire front of the aircraft. This smooth glazed nose was first tested on the He 111 V8 in January 1938. These improvements allowed the aircraft to reach 475 km/h (295 mph) at 5,000 m (16,400 ft) and a cruise speed of 370 km/h (230 mph), although a full bomb load reduced this figure to 300 km/h (190 mph).[26
So despite a power increase of 950hp per engine to 1100hp , 5% increase in speed was possible. Historical increase was >20% in speed and became the hallmark of all bombers.
That suggests the glazed cockpit increased speed by 16%???
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