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Ju-86P, R

High altitude Bomber

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Junkers Ju.86R

Satisfied with the trials of the new Ju 86P prototype, the Luftwaffe ordered that some 40 older-model bombers be converted to Ju 86P-1 high-altitude bombers and Ju 86P-2 photo-reconnaissance aircraft. Those operated successfully for some years over Britain, the Soviet Union and North Africa. In August 1942, a modified Supermarine Spitfire V shot one down over Egypt at an altitude of some 14,500 m (49,000 ft); when two more were lost, Ju 86Ps were withdrawn from service in 1943.

Junkers developed the Ju 86R for the Luftwaffe, using larger wings and new engines capable of even higher altitudes - up to 16,000 m (52,500 ft) - but production was limited to prototypes.

Ju 86P-1 Specification
Crew 2
Dimensions
Wing span, m 25.6
Length, m 16.5
Height, m 4.1
Powerplant
2 X PE 207A-1, hp 950
680 at altitude 9753m
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 7,000
Maximum takeoff weight 10,156
Performance
Maximum speed at altitude 6,000 m, km/h 360
Cruise speed at altitude 11,000 m 260
Service ceiling, m 12 000
Service range, km 1040
Armament
1 X 7.92-mm machine guns MG-17, internal bomb load 4x250 kg
ore 16x 50kg

In detail

References

  • "Aviation of Luftwaffe" /Viktor Shunkov/
  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
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