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Germany's Junkers Ju 288 bomber

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  • Junkers Ju 288 bomber
  • Junkers Ju 288 bomber
  • Junkers Ju 288 V1 bomber

Design

To continue with Germany's obsession with dive bombers, the Junkers Ju 288 was to be a level and dive bomber.1

Prototype

The prototype Ju 288 was flown in 1940.2

Variants

  • Junkers Ju 288:
  • Junkers Ju 288C: Pressurized cabin.2

Specifications

  Junkers Ju 288
Type Bomber1,2
Engine (Type) 2: Junkers Jumo 2221,2
Cylinders 242
Cooling Liquid1
Dimensions  
Span 60'2
18.3 m2
Length 52'2
15.8 m2
Wing area 582 sq ft2
54 sq m2
Weight  
Loaded 33,850 lb2
15,370 kg2
Loaded - Maximum Takeoff 38,900 lb2
17,660 kg2
Performance  
Speed 290 mph1
Speed at 21,000' /
6,405 m
410 mph2
656 kph2
Range 800 miles1
Range with Maximum Bomb Load at 26,300' /
8,020 m at 345 mph / 552 kph
2,235 miles2
3,576 km2
Range with Maximum Fuel at 26,300 ' /
8,020 m at 338 mph / 541 kph
3,720 miles2
5,950 km2
Armament  
Bombs 8,800 lb2
4,000 kg2
  Junkers Ju 288C
Type Day Bomber2
Crew 32
Engine (Type) 2: Daimler-Benz DB 610 A/B2
Dimensions  
Span 83' 7"2
25.5 m2
Length 59' 10"2
18.25 m2
Weight  
Loaded 50,600 lb2
22,970 kg2
Performance  
Speed at 23,000' /
7,015 m
385 mph2
616 koph2
Armament  
Turret - Chin 1: Twin MG 1312
OR 1: MG 1512
Turret - Dorsal Remote Controlled 1: Twin MG 1312
OR 1: MG 1512
Turret - Tail Remote Controlled 1: MG 1512
OR 1: MG 1312
Turret - Ventral Remote Controlled 1: Twin MG 1312
OR 2: MG 1312
Bombs 3: 2,200 lb2
3: 1,000 kg2
OR 3: 1,100 lb2
3: 500 kg2
OR 6: 550 lb2
6: 250 kg2
OR 30: 110 lb2
30: 50 kg2

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site