Junkers Ju 188

The Ju 188 was a German World War II high-performance medium bomber from Junkers, the planned follow-on to the famed Ju 88 with better performance and payload. It was produced only in limited numbers, due both to the presence of improved versions of the Ju 88, as well as the deteriorating war condition and the resulting focus on fighter production.

Junkers Ju 188
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Junkers
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1940
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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United Kingdom - UK (Great Britain) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Role Tactical bomber/Reconnaissanceaircraft
Manufacturer Junkers
First flight 1940 (Ju 88B V1)
Introduction February 1943
Retired 1951 (France)
Primary users Germany
France and United Kingdom (post-war)
Number built 1,234
Developed from Junkers Ju 88
Variants Junkers Ju 388


General characteristics

  • Crew: 5
  • Length: 15 m (49 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 22 m (72 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 4.4 m (14 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 56 m (603 ft)
  • Empty weight: 9,900 kg (21,825 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 14,500 kg (31,967 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x 1 BMW 801 G-2, 1,250 kW (1,700 PS) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 499 km/h (310 mph)
  • Range: 2,190 km combat (1,360 miles)
  • Service ceiling 9,500 m (31,170 ft)
  • Wing loading: 258.9 kg/m (53.0 lb/ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.175 kW/kg (0.106 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 x MG 151 20 mm cannon
    • 3 x MG 131 13 mm machine gun
  • Bombs:
    • 3,000 kg (6,600 lbs)

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