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Junkers Ju-87

Probably the most famous aircraft of World War Two, the Junkers Ju-87 'Stuka' struck fear into the hearts of the enemy. The Ju-87 was designed as a dive-bomber, but was used in other roles as it became obselete. The Stuka first flew in 1935 with twin rudders, fixed landing gear, and inverted-gull wings. A single tail then replaced the double tail and the famous look appeared. The Ju-87 was tested in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, along with many of Germany's World War Two combat aircraft. Sirens were fitted to the spatted landing gear and those sirens became synonimous with the Stuka. The Stuka performed wonderfully during the invasion of Poland and the invasion of France, where they took out the enemy communication and transportation systems. But during the Battle of Britain, the light defensive armament of one to two 7.92mm macine guns proved inadequate. The 87 was vulnerable to fighters. It was scheduled to be withdrawn from service several times, but there was no replacement for it. Late in the war it was used as a tank-killer, toting two 37mm flak cannons under the wings. It was used on the Eastern Front and performed beautifully. Another version had folding wings and was supposed to be used on the aborted German aircraft carrier 'Graf Zeppelin'. But the vulnerability of the aircraft was it's downfall.

One of the pre-production aircraft with the single rudder and old-fashion landing gear spats.

The Stuka struck fear into the heart of the enemy when they heard it's dive siren. It has been described like the howl of a banshee.

A late version of the standard Ju-87. Two 37mm cannons, origanally anti-aircraft guns, were fitted under the wings. Used on the Eastern Front, these 87s were excellent tank-killers, although they were still vulnerable.