Klaus-Jochen Rieger, Christoph Rieger
naval pilot C.C. Bücker returned to Germany in
1933 after 10 years of productive work in the Swedish
aviation industry, and founded Bücker-Flugzeugbau
(Bücker Aircraft Works) in Rangsdorf, near Berlin.
With his chief-designer A.J. Anderson he started building
light aircraft. The Jungmann and Jungmeister were the
most popular and well-known of these. Agile and efficient
biplanes, they were capable of advanced aerobatics .
The Bestmann was a two-seat, low wing, and more up-to-date
model. Their common trade marks were sparkling aerobatic
performance and international sales success. The bosses
at the Rangsdorf factory were not well connected with
the political leaders of the Deutsche Reich, but with
the help of former fighter-pilot Ernst Udet, these aircraft
became the basic training, practice and aerobatic aircraft
for the Luftwaffe. More than 6000 Bücker aircraft
were built, but only a few of them survived the fall
of the third Reich. Before and after WW II construction
was licensed in several countries, and today these old-timers
enjoy a great popularity worldwide. In 1970 C.C. Bückers
launched renewed production of the Jungmann and Jungmeister,
but this was not successful and was soon discontinued.
Prior to the turn of the century another attempt to
produce a “new” Jungmann was initiated in
Poland. The results of this possibly bilateral project
remain to be seen.
more than 400 pages quite an amount of technical information
to both aircraft from Rangsdorf and those built under
license are described in detail with numerous pictures
throughout the history of the planes. Reports of modifications
as well as restorations are included. Fascination with
Buecker aircraft of pilots or spectators at the airfields
is still alive and is reflected in this book. With the
support and knowledge of the Buecker communities, many
interesting details or stories are covered.
estimated publication period: 03.2014
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