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Ju 132 Bomber by PaintFan08 Ju 132 Bomber by PaintFan08
Junkers 132

Entered Service: 1956
Role: Strategic Bomber/ Maritime Strike/ Reconnaissance Platform
Service Ceiling: 50,000 feet
Range: 8,000 km
Max Speed: 700 MPH

During the Second World War, the Luftwaffe lacked a heavy bomber force that nearly proved to be a fatal flaw. The lack of a heavy bomber helped England survive the Battle of Britain. It’s suspected by some alternate historians that had Germany not defeated the Soviet Union in early 1942, the lack of long range bombers would have prevented the Luftwaffe from striking at Soviet war industries which at the time of the Soviet/German peace moving east.

Victory further delayed development of long range bombers. As it became clear that Germany and the United States found themselves in a ‘Cold War’ the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht looked for ways to ensure that the Americans and their A-Bombs could not be used without impunity against the Reich. The solution was originally found in the first ICBMs developed by Wernher von Braun. However the deployment of super-sonic bombers from the American Strategic Air Command to England and Turkey, led senior German officials to worry that a sudden powerful strike by U.S. bombers could destroy their ICBM force (deployed in central Germany and southern Poland) before they could launch.

This combined with a study by the Luftwaffe confirmed that for a true nuclear deterrent to be maintained by the Reich it needed long range bombers. Junkers had made several designs for longer ranged bombers. One of these designs would become the Ju-132. Powered by six jet engines the bomber was subsonic but could travel to the United States and deliver nuclear ordnance. As the Cold War progressed newer bomber designs were produced and the role of the Ju-132 in nuclear attack planning decreased.

The Junkers platform however was reliable and versatile. Upgrades in the late 1960s led to the removal of the six original engines with four more powerful ones. The Kriegsmarine’s Marinefliegergeschwader arm which came into the development following the death of Herman Goring needed a strike platform to use against British and American ships. The Ju-132s were fitted with surface search radars and stand off missiles. By the late sixties it was not uncommon for American and British surface and carrier forces to be shadowed by Junkers bombers.

Other conventional bomber versions were sold to Italy and Iraq. Junkers 132s in Iraqi service saw combat during the Saudi-Iraq War. The bombers proved vulnerable to Saudi fighters in missions flown without heavy fighter support. While German versions had better ECM systems, the war showed the flaws of the Ju-132. Despite its weaknesses the Junkers continues to see service with the Luftwaffe in recon and specialized intelligence roles, and as a strike bomber with the Kriegsmarine.


Another aircraft from a world where Germany wins World War II and is locked in a Cold War with the United States and its Allies well into the 1980s.
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Blaster543 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
excellent design, i wish you put the lengths.
OnionSpider13 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I disagree with a previous poster's comment that it should be a supersonic aircraft.  It's specs are very similar to the B-47 stratojet.  It's max range was 6,500 km with a payload of 25,000 lbs.  Max speed was 607 mph, and that was with SIX turbojets.  Yours has a much higher ceiling though.  Well done, I like this "cold war" design a lot!
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Thanks a lot, and for agreeing on the specs. Glad you like the design!
phil070366 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Good background and story. Not to mention your artwork is awesome. I've sometimes imagined that WW2 could have ended in a stalemate. With the Allies landing on D Day a success. The Battle of the Bulge could've ended in a stabilization of the front lines. With the Major powers weary of the war. The Germans were eager to sign a treaty with the US, England and newly liberated France. The Germans would then be able to refocus there attention completely on the Soviet Union.V2's and other German super weapons would reign down on Moscow and Soviet forces. The US and the Allies haven't forgotten how Germany signed and broke a non aggression pact with Russia. The Allied war machine kept running with renewed focus on the Manhattan project and safely removing German scientists who no longer wanted to remain under Nazi control. The US and the Allies were able to keep up with German engineering leading to a tense cold war after the conclusion of WW2. Well that's my story andI'm sticking to it. I'm not a writer or an artist but I've got an active imagination! Thanks for reading.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Thanks for the comment glad you liked it!
phil070366 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I try to call it the way I see it. Just an FYI the other day on the military channel they had a program focused on Nazi Germany and the wonder weapons they were developing.
WolfPiet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I'm sorry for this cloddish comment, but: this story and art is just AWESOME! I've been interested in WW2 for years and I always imagined how a world would look like if Germany had won the war. Good Job and keep'em coming!
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Thanks a lot for the comments here and with the other pieces. I too love the idea of an AH Cold War featuring the Reich and U.S.
cliffjumer77 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
The Germans had a bomber similar to this in WWII: The Junkers 390. A MASSIVE six-engine'd aircraft, the Ju 390 was to transport nuclear weapons to North America and devastate key targets.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Yeah their were a couple of different Amerkia Bomber projects. Everything from the plane you mentioned to a suped up version of the Horton Flying Wing. One more conventional plan was to load up some Condors with fuel and bombs to do a Doolittle style raid on the U.S. East coast. The crews would ditch and get picked up by U-Boats. Now the plan never got off the ground thanks to the inter-service fighting between the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine.
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