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Junkers Ju 290 - Nazi Germany, 1942

Detailing the development and operational history of the Junkers Ju 290 Transport / Heavy Bomber / Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 7/28/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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The Junkers Ju 290 four-engined aircraft saw limited production during World War 2 but served in several key roles for the Luftwaffe.

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Junkers Ju 290 Specifications

Service Year: 1942
Type: Transport / Heavy Bomber / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
National Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer(s): Junkers - Nazi Germany
Total Production: 65

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 9
Overall Length: 94.00 feet (28.65 meters)
Overall Width: 137.80 feet (42.00 meters)
Overall Height: 22.47 feet (6.85 meters)

Weight (Empty): 72,753 lb (33,000 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 99,142 lb (44,970 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 4 x BMW 801G / H 14-cylinder radial piston engines developing 1,700 horsepower each.

Maximum Speed: 238 knots (273 mph; 440 kph)
Maximum Range: 3,321 nautical miles (3,821 miles; 6,150 km)
Service Ceiling: 19,685 feet (6,000 meters; 3.73 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload

2 x 20mm MG 151/20 cannons in forward dorsal turret
2 x 20mm MG 151/20 cannons in aft dorsal turret
1 x 20mm MG 151/20 cannon in tail position
1 x MG 151/20 cannon in ventral gondola position
2 x 13mm MG 131 heavy machine guns in ventral gondola position.

Up to 6,600 lb of conventional drop ordnance. Some airframes used in the delivery of Fritz X / Henschel Hs 293 radio-guided missiles.

Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Czechoslovakia (single example, post-war); Nazi Germany; Spain (post-war)

Model Variants

Ju 290 - Base Series Designation

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