Pure Flight Simulations has announced that their Bucker Jungmann model is now in beta testing.
Our Bucker Jungmann is now in beta phase.
Available in three paint scenes: Swiss classic, Spanish gray trainer and civil gray eagle.
This plane is only flyable in full functional virtual cockpit and it is fully aerobatic!
The Bucker Jungmann is the popular name for the Bücker Bü 131, a German World War II training aircraft. It's nickname in English means "young man", possibly after the young Anders Andersson, the designer behind the airplane.
Carl Bücker himself owned and headed the manufacturing plant for which the 131 bears his name. The basic design of the aircraft was already dated when its production began, despite being used in the war. The 131 had a biplane design, something that was more common in World War I. In fact, it was the last mass-produced biplane made in Germany.
The aircraft had two open air cockpits, and could fly up to 60 kilometers per hour with the initial engine. After a few years, the engine was replaced with the more powerful Hirth 504A-2, allowing it to fly to almost 80 kilometers per hour. The 131's durability and stability made it popular as a training aircraft. In its first few years, it was the basic training craft used by the Luftwaffe, being used in almost all training exercises involving fighter planes.
During World War II, its role was increased to include nighttime harassment runs. While Germany was the primary beneficiary of the 131, the aircraft's reputation made it popular for Germany's neighbors as well. Yugoslavia slowly started to import several units before the war, with some accounts stating that as many as 400 aircrafts were purchased on different occasions. Romania and Bulgaria also had their own 131s, albeit on a smaller scale. Other countries chose to purchase production licenses instead.
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland were the top manufacturers outside of Germany. Japan in particular was keen on mass producing the aircraft for its air force. Today the 131 Jungmann is popular among private aircraft enthusiast for its superior handling compared to other biplanes of its time.
Maintenance is also easier, especially with the later Lycoming engines. The general frame of the aircraft also makes it easy to look for replacement parts in the US and in Europe.