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Junkers EF.132 Flight Manual
Section I: Description
The Junkers EF.132 was a planned Luftwaffe project to build a high-speed jet bomber towards the end of WWII. Distinguished by its highly swept wings and tail surfaces, it was to carry up to 11,025 lbs of bombs and be powered by six 5,500 lb. thrust engines buried in the , giving it a top speed of 587 mph at 33,000’. It carried six 20mm cannon in three remotely-sighted defensive turrets, plus it may have also carried a forward firing armament of two additional cannon and featured an interesting landing gear arrangement. It never (thankfully) got off the ground, only reaching wind tunnel testing prior to the end of the war. Most of Junker’s efforts were carried off by the Soviet Union at the conclusion of the conflict and the design studies formed the basis for a number of Soviet experimental types and informed Soviet bombers such as the Myasishchev M-4 “Bison” and the Tupolev Tu-16 “Badger”. This is a 1 to 1 scale build with relatively accurate performance, weight and armament. It features bomb bay doors, rotating turrets and a bomb sight, sighted for drops from 30,000’ at 500 mph.
NOTE: This is a large, heavy jet which flies realistically, so it is a trim-intensive aircraft. Failure to take note of instructions pertaining to trim will lead to frustration!
Section II: Normal Procedures
Taxi & Takeoff:
1. Upon spawning, set brakes to stop bouncing and prevent rolling.
2. Activate AG1 for lights and nosewheel steering (as required).
3. Lower Flaps (AG1 + VTOL) (as required).
4. Set stab trim 1.5 units nose up [trim slider down 1 ½ notches].
5. Set full power (100%) for takeoff.
6. Maintain centerline w/small “stabs” of rudder, aircraft will rotate at 170 mph and liftoff at 210 mph.
7. Retract gear when clear of ground, trim forward to maintain pitch to climbout at 250 mph.
1. Best rate of climb 250 – 300 mph, 10 – 15 degrees nose up.
2. Activate air-to-air mode to clear for air threats.
Level-Off and Cruise:
1. Set stab trim to .5 units nose up [trim slider down ½ notch], power as required for level flight.
1. AG3 and VTOL to traverse the dorsal turret and activate guns, camera 2 for view.
2. AG4 and VTOL to traverse the tail turret, AG5 and VTOL for tail gun elevation and to activate tail guns, camera 3 for view.
3. AG6 and VTOL to traverse belly turret and activate guns, camera 4 for view.
NOTE: Bombsight is calibrated for 30,000’ above target and 500 mph airspeed. Recommend setting Initial Point (IP) for bomb run approximately 2 mins (8.3 miles) prior to release point.
1. Level off at 30,000’ and fly level at 500 mph (approximately 80% rpm). Aircraft will fly level at approx 2 – 2.5 degrees nose up with trim set approx .5 units nose up [trim ½ notch down].
2. Open bomb bay doors with AG2 and VTOL down.
CAUTION: Be sure to open bomb bay doors prior to releasing weapons, or weapons will “hang up” in the bay.
3. Switch to camera 1 for bombsight view, release weapons normally when target reaches center of crosshairs.
4. Close bomb bay doors at conclusion of bomb run. Follow first bomb with camera 5 view.
WARNING: Do not move slider up past halfway/neutral point on VTOL when closing bay doors, bombs not yet dropped may contact doors and explode.
Approach & Landing
1. Establish straight-in approach, configured with gear and flaps (as required).
2. Fly approach at 200 mph, approximately 50% rpm. Trim as required.
3. Over underrun (approximately 50 ft), cut power to idle and flare.
CAUTION: Aircraft will balloon in the flare. Take care to control pitch rate in flare.
WARNING: Hard touchdowns may result in structural failure, aircraft loss and loss of life.
4. Apply brakes as required.
Section VI: Flight Characteristics
This aircraft is a heavy jet and flies like a heavy jet. Fly this aircraft primarily with trim, use smooth control inputs and anticipate roll in and roll out. Approximately .5 units nose up trim [trim slider down ½ notch] is required for level flight.
WARNING: Aircraft may depart controlled flight if below 200 mph and abrupt back stick input is made. To recover, set full throttle, release back stick pressure, lower nose to gain airspeed and carefully recover from dive.