|Primary Role||Medium Bomber|
|Maiden Flight||1 February 1940|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Ju 188 medium bombers were developed based on the Ju 88 design. Although the first prototype aircraft that would resemble the eventual Ju 188 bomber took flight in early 1940, it was not until 1942 that the German Reich Air Ministry approved such an effort to upgrade the Ju 88 design, designating it Ju 1888. Much of the reason for this change of heart was due to threat of advancing British and Russian fighter designs that had put Ju 88 in great threat at every operation, though from the performance standpoint, Ju 188 bombers were only marginally better than their Ju 88 predecessors. Planning for production began in Oct 1942, and actual production began in Feb 1943. Between 1943 and 1945, 1,234 were built.
Last Major Revision: Mar 2008
|Machinery||Two BMW 801 G-2 radial engines rated at 1,700hp each|
|Armament||1x20mm MG151 cannon, 3x13mm MG131 machine guns, 3,000kg of bombs|
|Wing Area||56.00 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||9,900 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||14,500 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||499 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||9,500 m|
|Range, Normal||2,190 km|
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