The JU-87 STUKA (the word for dive bomber) flew for the
first time in 1935, and it entered production in 1937 with large trouser
landing gear and full equipment for dive bombing, including a heavy bomb crutch
that swung the missile well clear of the fuselage before release.
During the Spanish Civil War, without serious enemy fighter
opposition, the JU-87 proved ideal for the mission, able to dive very steeply
at relatively slow speeds with an automatic pull-out device, yielding excellent
In Poland, the Low Countries and France the JU-87 was
terribly effective and it repeated its success in Grease, Crete and parts of
the Russian front. But, During the Battle of Britain the show STUKA with its
fixed landing gear was slaughtered by Allied fighters and was withdrawn to
attack targets which were not heavily defended.
In 1942~45 its main work was close support in the Russian
Front where it was an exceptional tank killer. The JU-87G-1 version carrying
two 37mm flack cannons in underwing pods. Hans Ulrich Rudel, the most decorated
Luftwaffe pilot of the war, claimed 519 Russian tanks. Throughout the war STUKA
production was repeatedly ordered to end, only to be restarted since there were
very few aircrafts so specialized to take its place.
•Fully Engraved Panel Lines & Rivet Detail.
•Highly Detailed Cockpit Interior and landing gear.
•Includes High Quality Decal.
•Highly detailed 37mm flak.
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