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Junkers Ju 352 Herkules


The third prototype, Ju 352V3

Type: Transport
Origin:
  Junkers Flugzeug und Motorenwerke AG
Models: A
First Flight: November 1943
Service Delivery: N/A
Final Delivery: N/A

Powerplant(s):
  Model: BMW-Bramo 323R-2
  Type: Radial
  Number: Three   Horsepower: 1,000 hp*
   *1,200 with 96-Octane fuel

Dimensions:
Wing span: 34.20m (112 ft. 2.75 in.)
Length: 24.60m (39ft. 80 ft. 8.5 in.)
Height: 5.74m (18 ft. 10.25 in.)
Wing Surface Area: N/A
  Weights:
Empty: 27,561 lb. (12,500 kg)
Maximum: 43,216 lb. (19,600 kg)

Performance:
Maximum Speed: 230 mph (370kph)
Initial climb: N/A
Range: 1,120 miles (1800km)
Service Ceiling: N/A

Armament:
MG 151 mounted in dorsal turret
Two MG 131 mount in beam windows.


Comments
Designed from the Junkers Ju 252 in 1943 to utilize non-strategic materials and stockpiled engines, the Ju 352 proved to be adequate but noticibly inferior to the Ju 252. A hydraulically powered Trapoklappe (rear loading ramp) allowed loading of heavy vehicles or freight whilst holding the fuselage level.

Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London

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