Friday, January 22, 2010

BUCKER BU131 “JUNGMANN”


1939–56



STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,474. Empty wt. 836. Engine 105-hp Hirth.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 115. Cruise mph 106. Stall mph 51. Initial climb rate 650. Range 400. Ceiling 14,000.

The Bucker Jungmann, which first appeared in Germany in 1934, has proved to be one of the most popular two-seat, tandem aerobatic biplanes in the world. Several thousand were produced at the Buckerfactory near Berlin during the 1930s and 1940s and many others were constructed under license in Spain, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. Originally, the Jungmann was powered by an 80-hp Hirth engine. Later in 1936, the 105-hp Hirth became the standard engine. Several Jungmanns have found their way into the United States, and some have been adapted to larger American engines. The biplane is capable of performing remarkably graceful and precise aerobatics and is in great demand.



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