Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

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The time before the allies had superiority in the air in Europe, the German Stuka plane was the ruler of the skies. This plane was a dive bomber, so it was designed with precision in mind, not to mention the little sirens on the aircraft that would go off during a dive that did nothing but ensue terror and fear on anyone who happened to be near the plane. This airplane was used very prominently in Germany’s conquest of Poland. The Stuka continued to serve as the Germany’s top plane. However, during the Battle of Britain, Britain’s better trained pilots excelled at getting rid of Stukas which did take part in Germany’s defeat in the Battle of Britain. Nonetheless, the Ju 87 Stuka is probably one of the most recognizable German aircraft of WWII.

Stats for gun-nuts

Operator: Germany
Number Produced: 6,500
Crew: 1

Length: 37.73 ft
Width: 45.28 ft
Height: 12.80 ft
Weight (empty): 8,598 lbs

Engine: 1 x Jumo 211J-1 inverted-V piston engine developing 1,400 horsepower
Speed: 255 mph
Max Height: 23,917 ft