Junkers Ju 52

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  1. tyrodtom

    tyrodtom Well-Known Member

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    Why were the wing engines on the Ju 52 splayed outward ?

    Was it for better ground handling, or better engine out control ?

    Whatever the reason, it had to be inefficient , making a already slow aircraft even slower .
     
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    1932. Ju-52 enters operational service.
    1982. Swiss Air Force retires final three Ju-52s.
    .....Service life = 50 years.

    I cannot imagine an inefficient aircraft remaining in operational service for 50 years.
     
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    That inefficient remark aside, it had good short field performance I know, very handy for the Swiss.

    But why were the engines splayed out, looks like almost 10 degs. Dragging the engines and propellers in a yaw, why ?
     
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    #4 tomo pauk, Apr 23, 2011
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    My 2 cents: if a wing engine is not working in Ju-52/3m case, remaining wing engine doesn't make plane flying into a dead engine's side as much, as a result of outboard engine thrust direction.
     
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    #5 Snautzer01, Apr 23, 2011
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    At the time of development of the Ju52 there were no sufficient reduction gears for use on this plane.To have better lenght stability the engines were set a few degrees outward.

    Flugzeug Profile Junkers Ju52

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    #6 tyrodtom, Apr 24, 2011
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    I can see your explanation tomo pauk.
    Maybe both your explanations come out meaning the same thing, just different words.

    I wonder why no one else tried the same thing, or at least no one tried to such a visible degree ?
    It would have to waste some of the engine's power .
     
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