Junkers Ju 90

Junkers Ju 90
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Article code07556
Junkers Ju 90
96 pages
b&w photos
Soft cover
28 x 21 cm
0,396 kg

One of the major weaknesses of the Luffwaffe during the World War 2 was its lack of a long range strategic bomber force. Had the Luffwaffe been able to attack convoys far out in the Atlantic and targets deep in the Soviet Union, the outcome of the war might have been very different. This need was identified in the 1930s and efforts were made to bring it about but instead of a strategic bomber force, the only tangible result was the Ju 90. In the mid 1930s contracts were placed with Dornier and Junkers for the production of prototype four-engined strategic bombers. The Junkers aircraft, the Ju 89, designed by one of Germany's finest aero-engineers, Dipl Ing Ernst Zindel, was by far the better of the two. However, the programme was abandoned in 1937 and Junkers obtained permission to use parts designed for the Ju 89 to construct a new civilian type for Luffhansa. The wings, tail and engines of the Ju 89 were added to a new fuselage to create the Ju 90. The aircraft flew for the first time in August 1937. Prototypes were powered by engines from different makers including Daimter-Benz and BMW. The cabin was designed to carry up to 40 passengers. The aircraft entered Luffhansa service on the Berlin to Vienna route in 1938. A production batch of 10 aircraft were ordered. Two Ju 90s were also ordered by South African Airways. They had been completed by the summer of 1939 but were never delivered because of the onset of the war. When hostilities began, the Ju 90 was pressed into military service with the Luffwaffe. The type was first used as a transport during the Norwegian campaign and was also used later in the war to fly supply missions to the beleaguered German forces at Stalingrad. The more widely used Ju 290 was developed as a result of the rebuilding of one of the early Ju 90s. This book covers the antecedents of the Ju 90 as well as providing a comprehensive account of its design and construction. Its operational history, both military and civilian, is discussed. The book contains many detailed photographs of the aircraft and the various types of engine used to power it. It also has many drawings covering features such as the layout of the cockpit and cabin and the arrangement of the fully retractable undercarriage. As with the other titles in the series, the book moves from the original to examine models of the Ju 90 which have been constructed and the book's colour profiles will be most helpful to aero-modellers who are contemplating replicating this most interesting aircraft in miniature.