The Aircraft

Bücker Jungmann (G-BSAJ)

• Aircraft Type: Bücker Jungmann CASA 1-131-E3B
• Operator: Skytricks
• Year of Manufacture: 1952
• Powered by: Tigre 150hp
• Colour Scheme: 1936 Berlin Olympics

Designed in 1933 by Anders Anderson, a Swedish engineer working for Bücker Flugzeubau in Berlin. The prototype flew in April 1934 and was immediately ordered in large numbers as an ab-initio trainer for the Luftwaffe. An estimated 4,000 planes were built, first in Germany and then under licence in Switzerland, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Japan. Used as aerobatic trainers by the Spanish Air Force up to the late 70’s, they were in continuous production in Spain for longer than in any other country. Originally powered by a Hirth engine of 80hp and later 105hp, it performed well despite its low power due to its extreme lightness. The Jungmann is of mixed construction with a basic fuselage structure of chrome-molybdenum tube, an expensive but highly tensile metal. The wings, which weigh only 24 lbs each, are made out of wood with fabric covering. This example weighs 1000 lbs empty, nearly 300 lbs less than a Tiger Moth. Both the Jungmann and her single-seater sister, the Jungmeister, have always been renowned for their aerobatic capabilities due to a strong structure, 4 ailerons, and excellent flick-rolling capabilities.

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Images: Harry Measures