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Bucker BU 181 Bestmann Military Trainer Aircraft

The Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann (Best Man) was a side by side two seat monoplane trainer introduced into Luftwaffe service early in WWII as it's standard primary trainer to replace the older Bucker Jungman bü-131 tandem seated biplane trainer. A total of 3,400 Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann were produced, many of which were made in other countries under licence into the 1950's, the plane was utilised by the air-forces of several countries and the Swiss air-force operated the Bü 181 Bestmann until 1968.

Bestmann Trainer

 

Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann Specifications:

  • Crew: Instructor and trainee
  • Length: 7.85 m (25.7 ft)
  • Wingspan: 10.6 m (34.71 ft)
  • Height: 2.05 m (6.7 ft)
  • Wing area: 13.5 m² (145.3 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 480 kg (1,058 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb)
  • Engine: Single 78 kW (105 hp) Hirth HM 504A 4 cylinder air-cooled engine
  • Maximum speed: 116 knots (134 mph, 215 km/h) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 105 knots (121 mph, 195 km/h)
  • Range: 800 km (497 mi, 432 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,405 ft)
 
Carl Clemens Bücker

Bücker Flugzeugbau GmbH was created by Carl Clemens Bücker in Otober 1933, the superb Bücker Jungmeister advanced aerobatic training aircraft was at one end of the flying spectrum and the Bücker Bestmann basic trainer was at the other - both perfect for their intended use.

 
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