These German designed Bücker Jungmann BU 131 first flew in 1934 and the 2 examples displaying with us are ex-Spanish Air force and now wearing original German Squadron markings. These aircraft fist flew in 1936 with the Luftwaffe and the Spanish Airforce continued to use them for primary and Aerobatic training up to the mid 1970s.
G CDJU (S/N 1078 E3B-379) was demobbed from the Spanish Air force in 1981 and G BZJV (S/N 1075 E3B-367) was one of the very last to leave military service in 1984. The aircraft are totally original and have 4 cylinder inverted engines with a capacity of over 7 litres and 150 HP turning at a very modest 2000 RPM.
The delicate construction is fabricated from small chrome molybdenum steel tubes in the fuselage and very light intricate sections of spruce for the wings. The whole assembly is then covered in linen and copious amounts of dope applied, just like a big model aircraft!
Each aircraft weighs in at only 450 KG, around a third of the weight of a small family car, which makes for a lively and capable aerobatic performance but also leaves the aircraft very susceptible to and difficult to handle in gusty wind, especially on the ground.
The Jungmann has regularly been referred to as the “Stradivarius of Biplanes”, unquestionably the best handling aircraft of the period. Of the many thousand built since 1935 in Germany, Spain, Czechoslovakia and Japan , there are only around 100 original Jungmann surviving worldwide today, with only a handful of flying examples in the UK. JU and JV have undergone extensive restoration and refurbishment including airframe rebuild and covering, full engine overhauls and undercarriage.
The “Northern Classic Warbirds’ flight experience is like no other with sights and sounds nostalgic of the 1930’s barnstorming era. One hour (consisting of 30 minutes airborne with two x 15-minute briefing sessions) costs £199.