The Junkers EF 132. Captured In Development.

by Daniel Russ on October 24, 2014

 

 

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Designs on the Junkers EF 132 began in 1942 in Germany. The German high command needed a new heavy transport or bomber that could  travel over 3000 miles on a ingle tank of gas with a significant payload. The fact of the matter is that Hitler wanted jet bombers much much more than jet fighters. He that fighters were  local tactical weapon and that bombers were what was used to extended power and presence. Junkers engineers had a fairly sophisticated wind tunnel and they tested to find out if the engines inside of the wings would in fact reduce drag.

The EF 132 proved to be a bit large and unwieldy and so there was a unique landing wheel configuration that included  tandem main wheels below the fuselage and outrigger wheel at wingtips. This behemoth would house five crew members at the nose of the aircraft  in a fully pressurized cabin. The plane had some defensible armament that included twin 20mm cannons in ball turrets. Both gins would be remotely controlled from the cockpit.

When the Junkers engineers are testing the EF-132, Soviet Red Guards captured the plant in Dessau and simply continued the program with the same asset and test engineers in a safer locations.

 

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