Junkers JU-87 Stuka
The JU-87 Sturzkampfflugzeug, alias "Stuka" is a Second World War German dive bomber built by Junkers. It features a twin seat tandem configuration where the back seat is a gunner's position facing backwards. The D and G-series of JU-87 were both powered by a three-bladed Junkers Jumo 211J liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine powering 1420 PS (1,400 hp) and was a notorious and feared aircraft of that era.
One of the main characteristics of the Stuka was the inverted gull wings and the dive siren that spread fear in all troops under an attack. The Stuka was designed by Hermann Pohlman and had the first flight back in 1935. It quickly made it to the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion where it became famous for its accuracy and effectiveness towards ground targets. However the Stuka was not very agile and was therefore very vulnerable in air-to-air combat situations.
Several variants were built but this review will focus on the D5 and G2 versions. The D-version is the bomber version whereas the G-version was fitted with two 37mm (1.46in) cannons with armor-piercing tungsten carbide-cored ammunition.
General Information & Aircraft Specs
|First Flight||17th of September 1935|
|Status||Retired in 1945|
|Primary Users||Germany (The Luftwaffe)
Royal Romanian Air Force
Bulgarian Air Force
|Power Plant:||Junkers Jumo 211J|
|Propeller:||3-bladed - 3.4m|
|Wing Span:||13.80 m|
|Wing Area:||31.90 m2|
|Empty Weight:||2,810 - 3,600 kgs|
|MTOW:||5,100 - 5,720 kgs|
|Max Speed:||344 - 354 km/h|
|Never Exceed||600 km/h|
|Range||1,000 - 1,165 km|
|Armament:||3x 7.92 machine guns
4x 100kgs bombs (wing) (D)
1x 500/1000 kgs bomb (center) (D)
2x 37mm Flak 18 cannons (G)
Purchase, Download & Installation
I purchased the JU-87 Stuka through the www.FSPilotShop.com and as always the purchase and download went without any issues. The connection to the download server at FSP is very good and the download only took a few moments. This add-on is a file of about 208 MB which puts it in the category of small to medium size payware aircraft. There are no license keys, registration online/offline or serial numbers required to use this add-on.
The installation was super quick and the installation wizard was very user friendly with an "auto-find" for the correct FSX location. Included in the add-on is an installation wizard for both FSX, FSX SE and P3D v1.4 - I have only tested the FSX version which went perfectly.
The JU-87 Stuka package contains two different models where one is the JU-87D dive bomber used for bombing targets and the second one is the JU-87G that is equipped with two 37mm cannons and serves as an anti-tank aircraft.
For each model there are a total of eight liveries giving a grand total of sixteen liveries to choose from in the virtual hangar. All liveries are unique and are perfectly shown in the virtual hangar, so that if I select the white camouflage version then that is also the aircraft that appears after selection. All liveries are correctly located under the "Milviz" dropdown in the virtual hangar but unfortunately there is no blank livery included for livery-designers - this however can be downloaded from Milviz's web site.