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JU-52 AAC.1 Toucan G.T. Bearn - Bach Mai (Tonkin), April 1950
General Background
The Ju-52 first flew in 1930 as a single engine civil aircraft. Before long it was given two more engines and designated Ju-52/3m (German - drei motoren - "three engines"). The 3-engine aircraft was originally designed as a 17 passenger airliner. The principal user was Lufthansa that flew in Europe, Asia and South America. In the mid 1930’s a military version was produced and the Ju-52 became one of the most reliable transport aircraft. The Ju-52 saw service with military and civilian air fleets well into the 1980s.
The Aircraft
During WWII and later Ju-52’s were produced in France by the Junkers controlled Amito Ateliers Aeronautique de Colombes (AAC) company. These aircraft were Amiot AAC-1 Toucan and saw extensive usage in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s in Indochina. They equipped GT Groupes de Transport I/64 "Bearn", GT II/62 "Franche Comte" and III/64 "Tonkin" based at Bach Mai. These aircraft were used for transporting supplies and parachute troops with some being converted to bombers. Some received machine guns and napalm containers. The Toucan was withdrawn from Indochina in 1952.
Specifications :
Role: Airliner, Transport Aircraft
Crew: 3 / 2 x pilots, radio operator
Payload: 17 passengers
Nicknames: German / Tante Ju ("Auntie Ju"), Allies / Iron Annie, Corrugated Coffin, Jupiter was BEA Airlines designation of war-reparation Ju 52/3m’s in 1947
Number Built by Junkers: 4,845
Maximum speed: 143 kts 264 km/h
Initial climb rate: 787.4 ft/min 4.00 m/s
Service ceilinge: 16,732 ft 5,100 m
Range: 648 nm 1,200 km
Endurance: 7 hours +
Powerplant: 3 x BMW 132 A/3 9 cylinder radial air-cooled turbocharged (high- altitudes) engines with carburetors
Power rating (max.): 819 hp per engine
Maximum Total power rating: 2,456 hp
Length: 62 ft 18.9 m
Height: 20 ft 6.1 m
Wingspan: 95.9 ft 29.25 m
Wing area: 1189.4 sq/ft 110.5 sq/m
Max take-off weight: 23,152 lbs 10,500 kg
Weight empty: 14,531 lbs 6,590 kg