Junkers Ju 88


Junkers Ju 88A-5
Junkers Ju 88A-5
The Ju 88 is the most important German bomber of World War 2. In fact it was much more than just a bomber; this family of planes has seen more different duties than any other (but maybe the English Mosquito): first designed as a Schnellbomber (fast bomber), it was developped into a conventional level-bomber, dive-bomber, torpedo bomber, heavy fighter, nightfighter, close support plane, recon plane, and even, in its Mistel form, as an air-to-ground flying bomb !

Development

Here are the main versions of the Ju 88 family; I will essentially focus on the bombers.

The "A"-series : the bombers.

Junkers Ju 88-A4 Junkers Ju 88-A4
Engines 2x Junkers 211J liquid-cooled inverted V12 Max: 2x 1,400 hp
Weight empty: 9,860 kg (21,737 lbs) - with full load: 14,000 kg (30,865 lbs)
Armament One 7.9 mm gun (pilot); 3x 7.9 mm and a 13 mm gun (gunners)
Ordnance 4 bombs, up to 450 kg (1,000 lb) each.
Performance Max speed: 475 km/h (295 mph) Ceiling: 8,200 m (26,900 ft)
Junkers Ju 88-A4/Torp Junkers Ju 88-A4/Torp
Engines 2x Junkers 211J liquid-cooled inverted V12 Max: 2x 1,400 hp
Armament One 7.9 mm gun (pilot); 3x 7.9 mm and a 13 mm gun (gunners)
Ordnance Two 765 kg (1,686 lb) torpedoes
Performance Max speed: 475 km/h (295 mph) Ceiling: 8,200 m (26,900 ft)

Other versions of the Ju 88.


Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
With the "rolling plane set" system now functional since WB 2.01, the Ju 88 is more interesting than ever because whatever day you log on, you can be sure that this old 1939 bomber is available. I'd like to see a Ju 88A-1 modelled though, as the Ju 88A-4 was not available before 1941.

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