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Ju 60
Role Airliner
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Junkers Flugzeugwerke
First flight 8 November 1932
Number built 2 (plus a one more partially constructed)

The Junkers Ju 60 was a twin-engine airliner built in prototype form in Germany in the early 1930s. It was designed to meet a requirement issued by the Reichsverkehrministerium (Reich Transport Ministry) for a German-built equivalent to the Lockheed Vega with which to equip Lufthansa. The result was a sleek, cantilever monoplane of conventional configuration, with wings skinned in the corrugated duralumin that had been a hallmark of Junkers designs up to this time, although this would be the last Junkers aircraft to have this feature. The main units of the tailwheel undercarriage were retractable.

The Ju 60 was evaluated by Lufthansa against a competing design from Heinkel, the He 70. With the latter able to demonstrate a top speed 75 km/h (47 mph) better than the Ju 60, development of the Junkers design was halted before the third prototype had been completed. The two examples that had already been constructed eventually saw service with the Luftwaffe as liaison aircraft until 1942. The work done on the design would later form the basis of the Ju 160.

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two pilots
  • Capacity: Six passengers
  • Length: 11.84 m (38 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.30 m (46 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 34.0 m² (366 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,040 kg (4,490 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,100 kg (6,820 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Siemens Sh 20, 470 kW (630 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 285 km/h (178 mph)
  • Range: 1,000 km (621 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,200 m (17,100 ft)

References

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