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Saturday, May 31st 2014, 8:43pm

Junkers Ju390C Long-Range Air Transport

A variant of the commercial Ju390B for long-range trooping duties. Passenger windows deleted and a large freight door fitted on port side aft of the wing. Not equipped for paradropping.

Technical Description

Four Brandenburgische Motorenbau 328G eighteen cylinder radial air-cooled engines rated at 2,800 hp for takeoff and 2,500 hp at 7,600 metres

Accommodation for a crew of six, comprising pilot, second pilot, flight engineer and wireless operator, plus two loadmasters. Up to ninety troops can be carried, or twenty-four litter cases plus attendants, or equivalent cargo.

Span 38.3 metres; Length 34.2 metres; Height 8.95 metres. Maximum gross takeoff weight 51,900 kg.

Maximum cruising speed 530 kph at 7,600 metres. Range with maximum fuel 8,000 kilometres; range with maximum payload 5,500 kilometres.


Saturday, May 31st 2014, 10:23pm

Breguet-Nord N.1515 Noratlas Long-Range Air Transport

Developed from the lighter Breguet-Nord N.1510 Normandie, the Noratlas featured a longer fuselage and slightly larger wing. The new aircraft, which first flew in February 1944, was designed to transport a stripped-down light tank or armoured car by air. Fifty examples were ordered by the Luftwaffe in January 1945.

Technical Description

Crew: 6 (pilot, copilot/navigator, radio operator, flight engineer, two loadmasters)
Capacity: 65 paratroopers, 85 troops, or 15,000 kg of cargo
Length: 33 metres
Wingspan: 38.5 metres
Height: 9 metres
Wing Area: 170 square metres
Empty Weight: 25,000 kg
Loaded Weight: 36,620 kg
Max Takeoff Weight: 42,725 kg
Powerplant: 4 × Hispano-Suiza HS-24K TRP-Composé turbo-compound engines, 3,500 hp (2,600 kW) each, with 4-blade adjustable-pitch propellers


Max Speed: 500 kph
Cruise Speed: 400 kph
Range: 5,500 kilometres at 6,000 kg with payload
Service Ceiling: 7,600 metres
Rate of Climb: 7 metres/second
Max Wingloading: 251 kilograms per square metre


Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 5:49pm

Focke Achgelis Fa336 Utility Helicopter

The design of the Fa336 is derived from the Franco-Russian SH.20 Cigale. Early in 1944 the Focke-Achgelis concern acquired a manufacturing licence for the type and began to adapt it to German manufacturing methods and to a nationally-sourced powerplant – a derated variant of the Bramo Fafnir. Development work continued through 1945 and in February 1946 a prototype was sent to the Rechlin test centre for evaluation.

In April 1946 the German Defence Ministry placed initial orders for fifty machines.

General Characteristics

Crew: two (pilot, assistant)
Capacity: up to three passengers, or two medical stretchers, or equivalent cargo
Length: 14.50 metres
Rotor diameter: 15.0 metres
Height: 3.98 metres
Empty weight: 1,720 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 2,300 kg
Powerplant: one Bramo 323D Fafnir 9 cylinder air cooled radial engine derated to 660 hp


Maximum speed: 170 kph
Range: 440 kilometres
Service ceiling: 3,900 metres

Proposed Variants

Fa336A (Aufklärungshubschrauber) – three-seat variant proposed for the Heer to perform utility and light reconnaissance roles; can be fitted with light machineguns in place of the fuselage doors and carry up to four 25kg bombs

Fa336M (Mehrzweckhubschrauber) – two-seat variant capable of carrying two stretchers for casualty evacuation or up to 300 kg mail, cargo, or other equipment

Fa336R (Rettungshubschrauber) – two-seat variant fitted with a rescue hoist of 250 kg capacity

Fa336U (U-Jagd-Hubschrauber) – two-seat variant proposed for the Kriegsmarine to perform antisubmarine patrol duties; capable of carrying two depth charges

Fa336Z (Zivil) – civil utility version for pilot, up to three passengers, or equivalent cargo


Friday, November 6th 2015, 1:03am

Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Bf329 Interceptor

Development of this aircraft was pursued as a joint Russo-German venture, with Hans Multhopp and Semyon Lavochkin leading the design and development team. The design was begun in 1943 with the intent of producing a fast, high-climbing interceptor; progress was plagued with trouble, with the first prototype disintegrating during a test flight in eastern Germany. Work was then moved to the Lipetsk test station in Russia, where the airframe was redesigned to address structural issues. Further delays were incurred due to lack of power from the intended powerplant – the BMW003, necessitating the switch to the Heinkel HeS011. The revised design made its first successful flight in September 1946, with an expected service introduction sometime in 1947.

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Empty weight: 2,575 kg
Gross weight: 3,850 kg
Fuel capacity: 1,060 litres
Powerplant: One Heinkel HeS011A turbojet, rated at 1,590 kg thrust
Wingspan: 8.83 metres
Length: 9.1 metres
Height: 3.5 metres
Wing Area: 16.16 metres
Empty Weight: 2,575 kg
Loaded Weight: 3,850 kg
Wing Loading: 238.2 kg/sq. metre


Maximum speed: 1,007 kph at 8,000 metres
Range: 1,145 km at 10,000 metres
Endurance: 2 hours
Rate of climb: 31.7 metres/second
Climb to 5,000 metres: 3.1 minutes
Climb to 10,000 metres: 9 minutes
Service ceiling: 13,500 metres


Two 30mm MK108 cannon with 150 rounds per gun


Friday, November 13th 2015, 12:57pm

Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Bf262B Training Aircraft

General characteristics:

Crew: 2
Length: 10.60 m
Wingspan: 12.60 m
Height: 3.50 m
Wing area: 21.7 square metres
Empty weight: 3,795 kg
Loaded weight: 6,660 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 7,200 kg
Powerplant: Two Junkers Jumo 004 B-1 turbojets, 898 kg thrust each
Aspect ratio: 7.32


Maximum speed: 880 kph
Range: 1,000 km
Service ceiling: 11,450 m
Rate of climb: 1,000 m/min (At max weight of 7,200 kg)


Guns: Can be fitted with two 15mm machineguns in the nose
Hardpoints: Four under-wing for light practice bombs or rockets


Sunday, November 13th 2016, 1:57am

Vereinigte Flugtechnischewerke Vf191 Advanced Training Aircraft

General characteristics

Crew: Two
Length: 8.87 metres
Wingspan: 10.42 metres
Height: 3.26 metres
Wing area: 16.92 m2
Empty weight: 1,677 kg
Gross weight: 2,560 kg
Powerplant: Two Hirth 700 turbojets, 3.9 kN thrust each


Maximum speed: 650 kph at sea level, 700 kph at 7,000 metres
Cruising speed: 600 kph
Range: 1,400 km
Service ceiling: 12,400 metres
Initial rate of climb: 17.7 metres/second
Time to 7,000 metres: 7.6 minutes


Provision for one 7.92mm machinegun in forward fuselage for weapons training
Four underwing hard points for practice munitions


Tuesday, November 15th 2016, 3:02am

Wiener Neustadter Flugzeugwerke Wf14 Utility Helicopter

General characteristics

Crew: 2 pilots
Capacity: 4 passengers
Length: 17.35 metres
Rotor diameter: 10.67 metres
Height: 3.81 metres
Disc area: 179 square metres
Empty weight: 1,782 kg
Loaded weight: 2,608 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 2,767 kg
Powerplant: One Bramo 322 9-cylinder radial air cooled engine derated to 550 hp


Maximum speed: 169 kph
Range: 547 kilometres
Service ceiling: 3,000 metres
Rate of climb: 5.0 metres/second
Disc loading: 15 kg/square metre


Tuesday, November 29th 2016, 7:16pm

Arado Ar334 Strike Aircraft

Developed from the Arado 234 light bomber, the Ar334B is a strike aircraft capable of day or night operations. A second crew member is carried to handle night navigation and targeting tasks.

Crew: 2
Length: 12.90 metres
Wingspan: 14.60 metres
Height: 4.35 metres
Empty weight: 5,800 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 10,900 kg

Powerplant: Two Junkers Jumo 004D Orkan axial-flow turbojet engines each rated at 10.3 kN thrust; Two Walter HWK 109-500A-1 jettisonable RATO pods, each rated at 4.90 kN can be fitted for takeoff

Maximum speed: 770 kph at 6,000 metres
Cruising speed: 700 kph at 6,000 metres
Maximum range (clean): 1,600 kilometres
Maximum range (1,000 kg ordnance load): 1,000 kilometres
Range with maximum external load (1,500 kg): 880 kilometres
Service ceiling: 11,000 metres
Climb to 6,000 metres (with 500 kg load): 11.5 minutes
Climb to 6,000 metres (with 1,500 kg load): 17.0 minutes
Climb to 8,000 metres (with 1,500 kg load): 33.5 minutes
Initial rate of climb: 14 metres/second

Offensive armament: Four 20mm cannon in the nose with 200 rounds of ammunition per gun; Up to 1,500 kg of ordnance stores on external racks


Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 1:07pm

Heinkel He319 Night Fighter

General Characteristics

Crew: Two (pilot, radar operator)
Length: 13.84 metres
Wingspan: 15.24 metres
Height: 4.90 metres
Wing area: 37.16 sq. metres
Empty weight: 8,237 kg
Loaded weight: 9,694 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 12,178 kg
Powerplant: Two BMW 003-37 turbojets, each rated at 16.1 kN


Maximum speed: 909 kph at 6,000 metres
Cruise speed: 731 kph
Stall speed: 150 kph
Range: 1,930 kilometres on internal fuel, 2,200 kilometres two 550 litre external tanks
Service ceiling: 11,650 metres
Rate of climb: 15.1 metre/second


Guns: Four 20mm cannon each with 220 rounds per gun