Hütter Hü 136

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Hü 136
Role Dive bomber
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Wolfgang and Ulrich Hütter
Status project only

The Hütter Hü 136 was an experimental dive bomber design produced by German engineers Wolfgang and Ulrich Hütter during World War II.

The Hütters, best known as glider designers, responded to Reich Air Ministry calls for high-performance, strongly built dive bombers. The Sturzbomber or Stubo specification came in two parts: Stubo 1, a single-seater with the flight capabilities of a fighter but armoured and with a 500 kg (1,100 lb) bombload; and Stubo 2, a two-seat bomber with similar performance but a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bombload.[1]

The Hü 136 design was highly innovative, with the pilot sitting far to the rear of the aircraft, his cockpit forming part of the vertical tail surface. The design had no undercarriage, with a jettisonable dolly for takeoff and a retractable skid for landing. To overcome the likelihood of contact between the propeller and the ground on landing, the propeller would be blown off before landing and descend separately by parachute.[1]

The German Air Ministry (Reichsluftfahrtministerium) did not pursue the design, preferring to adopt the existing Henschel Hs 129.

Specifications[edit]

Data from Luftwaffe secret projects : ground attack & special purpose aircraft[2]

General characteristics

  • Length: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
  • Gross weight: 3,700 kg (8,157 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 601 V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engine, 890 kW (1,200 hp)

Performance

  • Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi; 1,080 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 9,500 m (31,200 ft)

Replica[edit]

One replica is on display at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hütter Hü 136". luft46.com. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Herwig, Dieter; Rode, Heinz (2003). Luftwaffe secret projects : ground attack & special purpose aircraft. Leicester: Midland. ISBN 1-85780-150-4. 
  3. ^ "Hutter Hu-136 Stubo I". foofighter7.deviantart.com. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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