The Junkers Ju 88 was a World War II German Luftwaffe twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. Designed by Hugo Junkers’ company in the mid-1930s to be a so-called Schnellbomber which would be too fast for any of the fighters of its era to intercept, it suffered from a number of technical problems during the later stages of its development and early operational roles, but became one of the most versatile combat aircraft of the war. Affectionately known as “The Maid of all Work” (Mädchen für Alles), the Ju 88 proved to be suited to almost any role. Like a number of other Luftwaffe bombers, it was used successfully as a bomber, dive bomber, night fighter, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, heavy fighter, and even as a flying bomb during the closing stages of conflict.
Despite its protracted development, the aircraft became one of the Luftwaffe’s most important assets. The assembly line ran constantly from 1936 to 1945, and more than 16,000 Ju 88s were built in dozens of variants, more than any other twin-engine German aircraft of the period. Throughout the production, the basic structure of the aircraft remained unchanged.
Made of aluminum, rubber, and steel, this set is in SUPERB relic condition. Though damaged due to impact, there is almost NO rust or corrosion! Still very solid, it it does not appear to have any breaks or cracks, and still retains some of the original fuel line fittings! As it contained fuel to assist in the priming of the engines, the rubber coating is of the self sealing type, to protect from any holes caused by gunfire. Located just above the ventral gunners position, near the fuel priming pump, I have shown a similar one in the last photo. Measuring approx. 8″ in diameter and 30″ long, it would make an EXCELLENT addition to any collection or display!
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