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Third prototype of Ju 87, date unknown

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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
9 Mar 2009 06:19:56 PM

Junkers JU-87 V3 (D-UKYQ) in flight. The aircraft was powered by a Rolls-Royce Kestrel V 12-cylinder liquid-cooled engine.
2. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
6 May 2009 06:32:03 PM

Dive Bombing Technique (Sturzkampfflugzeug)Stuka or Dive Bomber. Ju 87 enters dive at 15,00 feet reaches maxium speed of 350mph dive angle of 80%, 30 seconds after the start of the dive, the Ju 87 reaches pull-out altitude, which was previously decided if the attack was planned. The pilot presses a button initiating the automatic pull-out system. After the pull-out is initiated the bomb is automatically released. The pilot attempts to regain control of the aircraft retracts the dive brakes, opens the throttle and trims for level flight and tries to get away as quick as possible to avoid being hit by the explosion and debris of the bomb!
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Aug 2010 01:46:57 PM

After 1943 production of the Stuka was cut
back, and fighter and bomber destroyer were
given precedence.
The operational life of a Ju 87 in 1941 went
from 9.5 months to 5.5 months to 100 hours.

Against countries with poor air forces and
armies, and the Luftwaffe having overall
command of the air the stuka could support
the army as it advanced. However, against
a country on par with Germany in fighters
the Germans found out that the Stuka was an
easy target.

During the Battle of Britain the Stuka Gruppen suffered heavy losses in both aircrew and aircraft against RAF fighters and were withdrawn.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Oct 2010 07:28:45 PM

During the Battle of Britain the myth of the
Stuka was destroyed. The Ju87 needed complete
air superiority over the Battle area.

During the Battle of Britain bewteen August
8th and the 18th, 20% of the total Stuka strength had been lost. Against single-engine
fighters like the Spitfire and the Hurricane
it was an easy kill.

Very few Stuka pilots survived the war, only
23 made it beyond 1,000 sorties and only
2 beyond 500 sorties.

Later during the war, surviving Stuka and Bomber pilots were trained to fly Fw 190 and
Bf 109 single-engine fighters. Some pilots
were assigned ground attack missions.

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