Aviation history that you can touch!
Very special 11x14-inch shadow box display combining an original German airspeed indicator (Fl.22230) from a Ju 87 'Stuka', a section of original yellow/orange Eastern Front-painted aluminum from this Ju 87 G-2, and Ron Cole's artwork, in this ready-to-hang signed & numbered display. One of only 8.
The Junkers Ju 87 was initially designed as a dive bomber, and first flew in 1935. It made its combat debut in 1937, in the Spanish Civil War. The 'Stuka' proved to be a formidable weapon in the opening phase of World War II, but proved to be easy prey for Allied fighters, and was vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire. Later in the war, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, a ‘Stuka’ ace, had suggested using two 37 mm Flak 18 guns, each one in a self-contained under-wing gun pod, after achieving success against Soviet tanks with the 20 mm cannon of his Ju 87. Two 37 mm cannons were mounted in under-wing gun pods, each loaded with two six-round magazines of armor-piercing tungsten carbide-cored ammunition. With those weapons, the Kanonenvogel ("cannon-bird"), or 'G' series of the Ju 87, proved very successful in the hands of daring pilots such as Rudel. By then, however, the tide of war had turned against Germany.
The remains of this 'G-2' were discovered outside of Kiev, Ukraine in 1997.
The Fl.22230 fahrtmesser (airspeed indicator) was built by Bruhn-Werke G.m.b.H. and was standard equipment in all models of the Ju 87 Stuka. Each of the 8 gauges are identical, except for the markings on the backs. Each is dated between 1937 and 1941, with slight variations.
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