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Germany's Junkers Ju 288 bomber

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  • Junkers Ju 288 bomber
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  • 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.

Prototype

The prototype Ju 288 was flown in 1940.

Variants

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

Specifications

  Junkers Ju 288
Type Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Junkers Jumo 222
Cylinders 24
Cooling Liquid
Dimensions  
Span 60'
18.3 m
Length 52'
15.8 m
Wing area 582 sq ft
54 sq m
Weight  
Loaded 33,850 lb
15,370 kg
Loaded - Maximum Takeoff 38,900 lb
17,660 kg
Performance  
Speed 290 mph
Speed at 21,000' /
6,405 m
410 mph
656 kph
Range 800 miles
Range with Maximum Bomb Load at 26,300' /
8,020 m at 345 mph / 552 kph
2,235 miles
3,576 km
Range with Maximum Fuel at 26,300 ' /
8,020 m at 338 mph / 541 kph
3,720 miles
5,950 km
Armament  
Bombs 8,800 lb
4,000 kg
  Junkers Ju 288C
Type Day Bomber
Crew 3
Engine (Type) 2: Daimler-Benz DB 610 A/B
Dimensions  
Span 83' 7"
25.5 m
Length 59' 10"
18.25 m
Weight  
Loaded 50,600 lb
22,970 kg
Performance  
Speed at 23,000' /
7,015 m
385 mph
616 koph
Armament  
Turret - Chin 1: Twin MG 131
OR 1: MG 151
Turret - Dorsal Remote Controlled 1: Twin MG 131
OR 1: MG 151
Turret - Tail Remote Controlled 1: MG 151
OR 1: MG 131
Turret - Ventral Remote Controlled 1: Twin MG 131
OR 2: MG 131
Bombs 3: 2,200 lb
3: 1,000 kg
OR 3: 1,100 lb
3: 500 kg
OR 6: 550 lb
6: 250 kg
OR 30: 110 lb
30: 50 kg

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
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