Junkers ju 87 dive bomber
Junkers Ju87: From Dive-Bomber to Tank-Buster 1935-1945 by Eddie J. CreekThis large format hardback is packed with information on the Ju87 Stuka. Highly illustrated, it represents a comprehensive, detailed reference work to be used by enthusiasts and modelers for one-stop ease of access to information to one of the most well-known aircrafts of World War 2. Unquestionably, the Junkers Ju 87 was one of the most devastatingly effective and psychologically terrifying weapons of war ever produced. The howl of its sirens during a dive-bombing attack struck fear into those on the ground. Spearheading the German advances in Poland, Norway, the Low Countries, the Mediterranean, and Russia between 1939 and 1943, the Luftwaffes Ju 87 Stuka became synonymous with the art of Blitzkrieg warfare. Next to the fighter aces, it was perhaps the Stuka crews who were held in the highest esteem by both German commanders and the German people and their accomplishments became legendary. This will be the book sought after by aviation enthusiasts and modelers this year.
Junkers Ju 87
Never has a warplane so obsolete, vulnerable and technologically basic wrought so much damage to its enemies as did the Junkers Ju Stuka. No surprise, since typically an air force begins development of the next-generation aircraft the instant the current machine goes into service. The very last propaganda film made by the Luftwaffe showed Stukas attacking Soviet tanks on the outskirts of Berlin, smoke streaming from their big antitank cannons. Granted there have been inexcusably ugly aircraft, but like so many designed-for-a-mission utilitarian airplanes — the Consolidated PBY comes to mind—the Ju looks better the longer you consider its rugged lines. But that same straightforwardness made the Stuka easy to manufacture, repair and maintain. Who needs elliptical wings, stylish P radiator doghouses or retractable landing gear on a bomb truck intended to fly to a target little farther away than its pilot can see, do a job and rumble back home again? Nine Jus were also used at one time or another during the Spanish Civil War, but they were operated only occasionally and conservatively.
The Stuka was designed to employ the dive-bombing technique developed earlier by the U. The JU 87 had dive brakes to slow the dive and give the pilot more time to aim his airplane and, thereby, the bomb. The JU 87 was armed with four 7. The Stuka carried under its fuselage either one 1,pound kilogram or one pound kilogram bomb, plus two smaller bombs pounds [50 kg] under each wing. Wind-driven sirens were mounted on the fixed landing gear for psychological effect, and this effect was enhanced by the addition of cardboard sirens to the bombs. Although the Stukas, refined from time to time, were used throughout the war, their maximum speed was just miles per hour km per hour , and they proved no match for the British combination of early warning by radar and fast fighter planes. Article Media.
The Stuka got its nickname from the German word Sturzkampfflugzeug or dive-bomber, the official designation was Junkers Ju The first plane prototype Stuka flew in and the plane was first used in combat in the Spanish Civil War. More than 6, Stuka bombers were built in five variants designated A thru G, between and Aug On 15 August during a mass-formation dive-bombing demonstration for high-ranking commanders of the Luftwaffe, disaster struck. The planes dived through a cloud bank and expected to release their practice bombs and then pull out of the dive. They were unaware that on that particular day the cloud ceiling was too low and unexpected ground mist formed, leaving them with no time to pull out of the dive.