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Germany's Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann trainer

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  • Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann trainer
  • Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann trainer

Design

The Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann was a sports plane before World War II.2 It was converted into a trainer by the Luftwaffe.2

Production

After World War II the Bücker Bü 181 was built in Czechoslovakia, Egypt, and Sweden.1

Specifications

  Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann
Type Liaison1, Trainer1,2,3
Crew 23
Engine (Type) 1: Hirth HM 5041,2,3
Cylinders In line2, In line 43
Cooling Air3
HP 852, 1051,3
Dimensions  
Span 34' 9"2,3, 35'1
10.6 m3
Length 25' 5"2,3, 26'1
7.75 m3
Height 6' 5"2,3
2.1 m3
Wing area 145.2 sq ft3
13.5 sq m3
Weight  
Empty 1,056 lb3
480 kg3
Loaded 1,650 lb2,3
750 kg3
Performance  
Speed 133 mph2, 133.5 mph3, 135 mph1
215 kph3
Cruising speed 121 mph3
195 kph3
Climb to 3,280' /
1,000 m
5.3 minutes3
Climb to 6,560' /
2,000 m
12 minutes3
Climb to 9,840' /
3,000 m
20.8 minutes3
Service ceiling 16,400'3
5,000 m3
Range 500 miles2,3
800 km3

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  3. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
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