Bücker Bu 131 "Jungmann" History
The Bücker Bü 131 "Jungmann" (Youngman) biplane was designed by Carl Bucker in the early 1930's and first flew in 1934. The agility and sturdy nature of the Bucker Bu 131 biplane with it's steel tube fuselage and wood/fabric wings was noted by the German Luftwaffe and consequently selected the Bücker Bu 131 "Jungmann" as their primary basic trainer in 1935.
Bücker Bu 131 "Jungmann" WW2 Production
Following the outbreak of WWII production of the Bucker Bu 131 "Jungmann" was transferred to Aero in Czechoslovakia to allow Bucker Flugzeugbau's production to be focused on more important licensed designs, these included the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighter and the Junkers Ju 87 dive bomber.
Licence Built Bucker Bu 131B Jungmann's
The Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann was destined to be the last biplane to be produced in Germany, but after the war other companies, including CASA in Spain and SSH Janusz Karasiewicz in Poland resumed Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann production. In recent years a limited number of Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann's have been produced by Air Res Aviation in Poland from the old Aero plans but with the addition of a modern more reliable and powerful engine.
Bucker Bu 131B Jungmann Specifications:
Crew: Pilot instructor and Student
Length: 6.62 m (21 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 7.40 m (24 ft 3 in)
Height: 2.35 m (7 ft 6 in)
Empty weight: 380 kg (840 lb)
Loaded weight: 670 kg (1,500 lb)
Engine: Single 70 kW (100 hp) Hirth HM 504
Maximum speed: 183 km/h (99 knots, 115 mph)
Cruise speed: 170 km/h (92 knots, 110 mph)
Range: 628 km (339 nm, 390 mi)
Service ceiling: 4,050 m (13,300 ft).