Bücker Bu.131 "Jungmeister"

Bücker Bu.131 "Jungmeister"During the late thirties of the previous century the world of aerobatics was largely dominated by the Bücker Jungmeister. In the turbulent interbellum aviation in Germany was severely hampered by the Versailles Treaty. This was the environment in which numerous flying clubs came into existence, training the men who would later pilot the German fighters and bombers. And it was the scene in which the Bücker Bü.133 Jungmeister was born, an aircraft that was already a legend in its own time and the basis for later aerobatic aeroplanes. The Jungmeister was produced by Carl Bücker from 1935 onwards and was based on the well known Jungmann, with which it shared many interchangeable parts. The fuselage was constructed of steel tubing and linen, wingspars and ribs were wood, also fabric covered. Upper and lower wing panels were similar and interchangeable.
The very light and well balaced controls made the plane very agile and responsive to its pilots commands. Needless to say that pilots absolutely loved the plane for its delightful properties. After cessation of hostilities in 1945 the Jungmeister was produced for a while but prohibitive production costs and corresponding retail price soon led to the emergence of other aerobatic aircraft like the Pitts and the Zlin and the termination of serial production. The majority of Jungmeisters was built in Munich, Germany, but production lines also existed in Switzerland and Spain. Even as late as 1970 new Jungmeisters were built with old tooling. Of the original Jungmeisters some 150 survived, with about 30 in flying condition.

Specifications
Production: 1935 to late 40's. Very limited numbers until 1970
Engine: Siemens Sh-14A, 160 hp. / Hirth HM506, 160 hp (few)
Speed: cruising 200 km/h, maximum 220 km/h
Range: 500 km
Ceiling: 4500m
Weight: empty 420 kg, maximum 585 kg
Dimensions: wingspan 6,60 m, length 5,90 m, height 2,25 m.

The Early Birds' "Jungmeister"
The Early Birds' Jungmeister is a reconstruction built in 1982 in Arizona, USA; The Jungmeister was built reasonably true to the original design, with minor modifications, but was propelled by a 145 hp Warner radial due to the scarceness of the original Siemens engine. Early Birds intend to bring the plane ‘back' to its original configuration with a Siemens engine which EB aquired several years ago and since overhauled. However work will only start if sufficient manpower can be found to undertake the project. As will be clear from the pictures below the plane is presently stored in a corner of our Lelystad hangar.

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