Published April 16, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- The Junkers Ju 88D-1/Trop on display in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Junkers Ju 88D in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Junkers Ju 88D cockpit view in the World War II Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Junkers Ju 88D at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Junkers Ju 88D cockpit (U.S. Air Force photo)
The German Ju 88 was one of the most versatile airplanes of World War II. It operated in nearly every kind of combat role, including dive bomber, level bomber, night fighter, day interceptor, photographic reconnaissance, tank destroyer and even as an unpiloted missile. The Ju 88 made its first flight on Dec. 21, 1936, and hundreds remained in use when the war ended in 1945.
The airplane on display, a Ju 88D-1/Trop (later designated Ju 88D-3), is a long-range photographic reconnaissance version modified for tropical use. Known as the Baksheesh, it was the best known Ju 88 of the 15,000 built. Completed in June 1943, this aircraft was delivered to Romania, an ally of Germany during WWII. In July 1943, a disillusioned Romanian pilot flew the aircraft to Cyprus to defect to British forces there. The British Royal Air Force turned over Baksheesh to the U.S. Army Air Forces. After Wright Field test pilots flew the aircraft extensively, the USAAF stored it in the Arizona desert after the end of WWII. Shipped to the museum in January 1960, Baksheesh is painted in the Romanian Air Force markings it carried in July 1943.
Armament: Six 7.92mm machine guns
Engines: Two Junkers Jumo 211s of 1,200 hp each
Maximum speed: 295 mph
Cruising speed: 225 mph
Range: 1,553 mph
Ceiling: 27,880 ft.
Span: 65 ft. 10 in.
Length: 47 ft. 1 in.
Height: 15 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 26,700 lbs.
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Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
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