Bucker Bü 181 Bestmann


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Bucker Bü 181 Bestmann

The Bü 181 Bestmann was a more successful follow-on to the earlier Bü 180 Student - Bucker's first monoplane trainer. By 1939 the requirement was for military use, and although designated a trainer the Bestmann was often used by squadrons for communications duties, collections and deliveries. This was in part due to competition from the Me-108, which served in a similar role. Still, the Bestmann was utilized by most Axis powers, as well as being licence-built as a trainer in Czechoslovakia, Holland, Sweden and Egypt.

 ENGINE1 x 78kW Hirth HM 504A inverted in-line engine
  Take-off weight750 kg1653 lb
  Wingspan10.60 m35 ft 9 in
  Length7.85 m26 ft 9 in
  Height2.05 m7 ft 9 in
  Max. speed215 km/h134 mph
  Range800 km497 miles

tom chaklos, e-mail, 30.03.2011 00:02

I flew both versions of the Bestman as the two aircraft were imported by the Shadin company. The original version was the one used in the movie "The Great Escape" with Steve Mcqueen and was listed as the Bucker Bestman BU-181D Mark D. The Yellow aircraft you have displayed is a later version with the bubble canopy. Both of these aircraft were powered by Continental O-300, and one of the engines was built by RollsRoyce under contract with Continental. The two aircraft were built by the Kader factory in Egypt and were listed as Gomhoria Bu-181.The Yellow aircraft was the Mark 8 version.


wlkriessmann, e-mail, 26.09.2010 02:58

I flew the BUE 181 DL+AB only once on July 12th, 1941 wit Lt. Col,Buschatzki from Doeberitz-Bre men -Delmenhort-Salzwedel-Doeberitz.


Marsh Allen, e-mail, 17.08.2010 22:36

I flew the L4 Piper during WW2 in Europe. Had 119 missions in it. After the war I was flying courier service in southern Germany and many times used the BU 181 for it had a longer range that the L4. It was an excellent plane and I would have brought it back to the US with me.


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