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Ju-87 (Stuka Dive Bomber)
The Ju-87 (Stuka Dive Bomber), produced by Junkers and called “Stuka”, is one of the best known and most easily recognized German World War II war birds. It was an effective precision dive bomber that was successfully used to support rapidly advancing columns of German tanks in their Blitzkreig tasks. “Stuka” is a contraction of sturzkampfflugzeug, the German word for dive bomber.
The origins of the Ju-87 date back to the late 1920’s. That is when the first dedicated dive bomber was developed by Junkers. It was done is secrecy due to the restrictions placed on the production of weapons by Germany as a condition of their surrender in World War I. However, realizing the value of a tactical support dive bomber, Germany went ahead with a full development program in the early 1930’s.
Interestingly, the first dive bomber produced, a prototype that first flew on May 15, 1935, was powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel engine. It was an instant success.
Production airplanes differed from the prototypes in that they were equipped with dive brakes. A more powerful Junkers Jumo replaced the Rolls Royce engine. These aircraft saw action starting in 1937 over Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
As a result of combat experience the airplane was further modified with an automatic dive control system enabling the pilot to predetermine the pull out altitude of a dive. More powerful engines and additional armor for crew protection were also added.
The Ju-87 type pictured first above was introduced in early 1942. It was equipped with two 37 mm cannons for use against tanks, primarily on the Eastern Front. Other types were used against ground forces in night operations.
Although a successful dive bomber, the Ju-87 was an easy, slow target for modern fighter aircraft. It had large losses during attacks against England. It was far more successful when the Luftwaffe initially had air superiority in places like North Africa and the Eastern Front.
A total of about 5,700 Ju-87 airplanes of all types were produced.
The good looking RC Ju-87 from Nick Ziroli Plans was built by Howard Cahr. Wingspan is 100 in. and length is 77 in. You can use 3.0 to 4.2 ci engines for power. It should weigh from 26 to 32 lbs. upon completion. In addition to plans, Nick Ziroli also has short kits of the RC Stuka.
The RC Ju-87 from ESM has a wingspan of 80 in. and a length of 67 in. Construction is a glass fiber fuse with balsa b/u wings. Working flaps are included. Power can come from 1.60 to 1.80 – four stroke or 30 to 40 cc gas engines. All up weight should be between around 14 lbs.
HobbyKing’s RC Ju-87 has a wingspan of 55 in. and length of 50 in. The ARF features all wood construction. It needs your 35 mm motor. Weight is about 74 oz.