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  • K5054NZ
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    FHCAM JU-87R-4 Stuka revealed

    Hi all,
    Tomorrow the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum will open its newest exhibition hangar. For the past few weeks their social media team has been teasing the reveal of a new aircraft project and this week narrowed it down to either the Me262 or the long-stored Stuka. Today their social media manager shared a video on Facebook touring the new hangar, and at the end revealed the still-in-progress Stuka. The video can be seen here (apologies for non-FB people, I hope you can see it without being part of the site):
    https://www.facebook.com/flyingherit...1346615247103/

    Here are some screenshots I took from the video for those who don't do FB:
    Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
    Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
    Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
    Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
    Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
    Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

    She said there's about 18mth-2yr of work until it flies, and heavily implies the Jericho Trumpet sirens WILL be installed. Interestingly much of the original wreckage is on display - she said it's a composite of two wrecks - and the restoration will continue and be completed in full view of the public with engineers working Monday to Friday on the Stuka in the new hangar. Jason Muszala headed the project.

    This is fantastic. Since I was a child I've wanted to see and hear a Stuka fly, and reading that the late Paul Allen had acquired this project was tremendously exciting to this then-teenager. A historic project that will now be completed and seen by anyone who visits!
    Last edited by K5054NZ; 10th November 2018, 03:49.
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu
  • Wyvernfan
    Rank 5 Registered User

    #2
    Bravo - a flying Stuka

    I love it when groups or individuals overcome so many obstacles to step out of the closet and rebuild something that is unique to fly. Its very much appreciated!!

    ps.. just dont throw any original left over material away please.



    Rob
    Last edited by Wyvernfan; 10th November 2018, 06:45.
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    • DazDaMan
      Rank 5 Registered User

      #3
      Oh yes......!
      Daren Cogdon

      Spitfire fanatic

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      • Seafuryfan
        Rank 5 Registered User

        #4
        K5054NZ many thanks for this. It seems Im not alone in regarding this restoration as the fulfilment of a lifetimes wish. I will travel to the Sates to see this in flight.

        At last!

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        • trumper
          Rank 5 Registered User

          #5
          WOW ,But as Rob says PLEASE PLEASE don't destroy any original bits.

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          • Seafuryfan
            Rank 5 Registered User

            #6
            Wikipedia: A long range version of the Ju 87B was also built, known as the Ju 87R, the letter being an abbreviation for Reichweite, "(operational) range". They were primarily intended for anti-shipping missions. The Ju 87R had a B-series airframe with an additional oil tank and fuel lines to the outer wing stations to permit the use of two 300 litres (79 US gal) standardised capacity under-wing drop tanks, used by a wide variety of Luftwaffe aircraft through most of the war. This increased fuel capacity to 1,080 litres (290 US gal) (500 litres in main fuel tank of which 480 litres were usable + 600 litres from drop tanks). To prevent overload conditions, bomb carrying ability was often restricted to a single 250 kg (550 lb) bomb if the aircraft was fully loaded with fuel. The Ju 87 R-1 had a B-1 airframe with the exception of a modification in the fuselage which enabled an additional oil tank. This was installed to feed the engine due to the increase in range with the extra fuel tanks.[48]

            A Ju-87 towing a DFS 230 over Italy

            The Ju 87 R-2 had the same airframe as the B-2, and strengthened to ensure it could withstand dives of 600 km/h (370 mph). The Jumo 211D in-line engine was installed, replacing the R-1s Jumo 211A.[48] Due to an increase in overall weight by 700 kg (1,500 lb), the Ju 87 R-2 was 30 km/h (19 mph) slower than the Ju 87 B-1 and had a lower service ceiling. The Ju 87 R-2 had an increased range advantage of 360 km (220 mi).[47] The R-3 and R-4 were the last R variants developed. Only a few were built. The R-3 was an experimental tug for gliders and had an expanded radio system so the crew could communicate with the glider crew by way of the tow rope. The R-4 differed from the R-2 in the Jumo 211J powerplant.[49]

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            • Seafuryfan
              Rank 5 Registered User

              #7
              I want to add that I'm surprised and saddened about the lack of response to this news. I attribute this to the poor functionality of the rebooted forum, limited interest in Axis aircraft by a largely UK readership and the pull of Facebook.

              Sorry for the thread drift, the Stuka restoration is exciting news and I hope there is a silent audience of enthusiasts who are looking forward to the first flight as much as I am.

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              • Steve Bond
                Rank 5 Registered User

                #8
                Me too Seafuryfan; this is staggering news and hugely welcome. We are entering a rich seam of amazing restorations of types new to the "warbird" world, and long may it last!

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                • Shoggz
                  Rank 5 Registered User

                  #9
                  Well, this is amazing news. Another exciting type I never thought I'd have any chance of seeing in the air again.

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                  • JgerMarty
                    Plastic Pilot

                    #10
                    Brilliant news, that collection just gets better.
                    It will be awesome seeing a proper flying Stuka!

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                    • adrian_gray
                      Which idiot let HIM in?

                      #11
                      A Stuka.

                      A Stuka?

                      Seriously? A STUKA?

                      Roger me with a prize leek and call me Nigel - that is incredible!

                      Could the Swedes be persauded to send their B17 over to join it? That would be an airshow pairing!

                      Adrian
                      "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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                      • R4118
                        Rank 5 Registered User

                        #12
                        I'm.extremely excited by this......I'd love to see it flying but I doubt I ever will! They will have it like the original focke wulf 190 and never let it out of the state's I'm guessing so I'll probably never seen it in the flesh

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                        • baz62
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                          #13
                          Finally not another Spitfire or Mustang! And what an aircraft to see fly again. First Mosquitos now a Stuka! Great news.

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                          • K5054NZ
                            Rank 5 Registered User

                            #14
                            The museum website now has a page for the Stuka: https://flyingheritage.org/Explore/T...R-4-Stuka.aspx
                            "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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                            • Robert Whitton
                              Rank 5 Registered User

                              #15
                              It looks a lot better than the Stuka in Berlin!
                              Robert Whitton,
                              Edinburgh, Scotland

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                              • Tin Triangle
                                Bright Young Thing

                                #16
                                Well I'm excited! It's hard to imagine a more potent and chilling airshow act anywhere than a Stuka diving, with siren going. I hope FHC demonstrate it properly, a near vertical dive, even if just once. Can't wait!
                                Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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                                • J Boyle
                                  With malice towards none

                                  #17
                                  Anyone volunteer to be the first one to put it in "...a near vertical dive"?

                                  R4118...you can see it anytime, BA has daily non-stop from LHR to SEA. The cost isn't much more than going to a Duxford air show or weekend in France.
                                  There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                                  • Yak 11 Fan
                                    Rank 5 Registered User

                                    #18
                                    I will certainly be heading back to Seattle to see it. Been looking forward to this restoration breaking cover for some time.
                                    www.hardwickwarbirds.com

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                                    • rafmatt
                                      Rank 5 Registered User

                                      #19
                                      Well since no one has addressed it. I might as well say it.
                                      Will it be at Legends ?! Jokes !
                                      This is one restoration I can get behind. Finally something of genuine interest and rarity. And not just another already flying type.

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                                      • Ant.H
                                        Rank 5 Registered User

                                        #20
                                        This is a testament to the impact and legacy of Paul Allen, someone who took on projects that others couldn't and which continue even after his death. This will be a great sight and sound, I'm looking forward to it's completion enormously.
                                        "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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