The Ju 287 was an unconventional jet bomber prototype with forward
swept wings. Two of the engines were fixed to the sides of the front
fuselage, two under the wings. The Ju 287 used the fuselage of the
, the tail of the Ju 388, the main wheels of the Ju 352
and the nose wheel of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Only one
was built. Development continued postwar in the USSR.
| MODEL||Ju 287 V3|
| ENGINE||6 x 800kg BMW 003A-1 turbojets|
| Take-off weight||21520 kg||47444 lb|
| Empty weight||11920 kg||26279 lb|
| Wingspan||20.11 m||66 ft 0 in|
| Length||18.6 m||61 ft 0 in|
| Wing area||58.3 m2||627.54 sq ft|
| Max. speed||856 km/h||532 mph|
| Ceiling||12000 m||39350 ft|
| Range||2125 km||1320 miles|
| ARMAMENT||4000kg of bombs|
|A three-view drawing (1000 x 601)|
|deaftom, j_avanti=hotmail.com, 14.02.2012|
The photograph shows the first prototype, the only Ju 287 to be built and flown. The three-view shows the proposed refined production development, which, however, never was built.
|Ben Beekman, bbeekman=optonline.net, 12.03.2011|
Take a look at the forward swept wing of the Grumman X-29. It flew hundreds of test flights in the 1980's to evaluate certain advantages thought to exist including spin-free characteristics. Apparently, though, any advantages discovered were outweighed by the design's disadvantages and work on the concept was eventually halted.
Only 1 was built? I got 2!
|Johnny Fireball, 29.08.2008|
The first prototype was intended to evaluate the concept, and was cobbled together from the fuselage of a Heinkel He 177, the tail of a Junkers Ju 388, main undercarriage from a Junkers Ju 352, and nosewheels taken from crashed B-24 Liberators.
|Matt Sipple, 08.07.2008|
I thought it was destroyed by the SAS?
|Mauricio Quiroz, afreedomson=hotmail.com, 03.07.2008|
Does this one made it to the sky?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?