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Junkers Ju 52



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Type: Medium Transport
Origin: Junkers Flugzeug und Motorenwerke AG
Models: V1 to V8, A, B, and R series
First Flight:
    Ju 52: October 13, 1930
    Ju 52/3m: May 1932
    Ju 52/3m g3e bomber: October 1934
Service Delivery: N/A
Final Delivery:
    French AAC.1: August 1947
    Spainish CASA 352-L: 1952
Production: Nearly 5,000
NOTE: 400 built by France as the AAC.1 Toucan for Air France and the airforce after WWII. 170 built by CASA of Spain as the CASA 352 for the Spanish Air Force.

Engine:
Model: BMW 132A-3
Type: 9-Cylinder air-cooled radial
Number: 3        Horsepower: 830 hp

Dimensions:
Wing span: 29.25m (95 ft. 11½ in.)
Wing Surface Area: 1,189.45 sq. ft. (110.50m²)
Length: 18.9m (62 ft.)
Height: 4.5m (14 ft. 9 in.)
    Weights:
Empty: 5600kg (12,346 lb.)
Loaded: 11,030kg (24,317 lb.)

Performance:
Maximum Speed: 190 mph (305kph)
Range (Fully Loaded): 1300km (808 miles)
Initial Climb: 210m/min (689 ft./min.)
Endurance: N/A
Service Ceiling: 5500m (18,045 ft.)

Armament:
Usually none but in combat zones it was usual to mount one 13mm MG 131 manually aimed from open dorsal cockpit. Two 7.92mm MG 15's manually aimed from beam windows.

Payload: Bomber Versions
1,102 lb. (500 kg) of bombs internally

NOTES: Formed the backbone of the Luftwaffe's transport capacity. Used in every theatre and for just about every concievable purpose including bombing and dropping paratroops.

Sources:
Gunston, Bill - The Encyclodepia of the Worlds Combat aircraft, 1976, Chartwell Books, Inc., New York
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe , 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London

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