Junkers W 34

The Junkers W 34 was a German-built, single-engine, passenger and transport aircraft. Developed in the 1920s, it was taken into service in 1926. The passenger version could take a pilot and five passengers. The aircraft was developed from the Junkers W 33. Further development led to the Junkers Ju 46.

Junkers W 34
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Junkers
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1926
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One Junkers W 34 be/b3e managed to break the then current altitude record on May 26, 1929 when it reached 12,739 meters (41,795 feet). That aircraft carried the markings D-1119 and it was equipped with a Bristol Jupiter VII engine. The airplane was flown by Friedrich W. Neuenhofen.

The Junkers W 34 was manufactured in many different versions. The total production numbers for the civil market were around 1,000, a further 2,024 his and haus were built under license for the RLM and Luftwaffe. The unit price was between RM 65,000 and 70,400.

On January 31, 1944, the Luftwaffe still had 618 W 34hi's and 516 W 34haus in service, the majority were used by flight schools.

The Junkers K.43, nicknamed the "Bush Bomber", was used extensively during the Chaco War (1932–1935) fought between Bolivia and Paraguay. See external links.

The Colombian Air Force used the W 34 and K-43 in the Colombia-Peru War in 1932-3.

The Swedish Air Force operated three W 33/34 between 1933 and 1953 in the transport and air ambulance roles, initially with the military designation Trp 2 and Trp 2A, eventually changed to Tp 2 and Tp 2A. One of these are preserved today in civilian colors as SE-BYA.

Role Transport
Manufacturer Junkers
Introduction 1926
Developed from Junkers W 33
Developed into Junkers Ju 46

General characteristics

  • Crew: 8: pilot, co-pilot, 6 passengers
  • Length: 10.27 m (33 ft 8¼ in)
  • Wingspan: 17.75 m (58 ft 2¾ in)
  • Height: 3.53 m (11 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 43.0 m² (462.8 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,700 kg (3,748 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 3,200 kg (7,056 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW 132 radial engine, 660 hp (492 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 265 km/h (143 knots, 165 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 233 km/h (126 knots, 145 mph)
  • Range: 900 km (487 NM, 560 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,300 m (20,670 ft)
  • Climb to 1,000 m (3,300 ft): 3.2 min


  • 2x 7.92 mm machine guns (dorsal) and 1x 7.92 mm machine gun (ventral)
  • 6x 50 kg bombs (300Kg total)

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