by Horst Zoeller, 1996 - 2020, 67th Edition, 22 Nov 2020

Junkers Ju85

bomber aircraft, projected in 1937/39, similar to Ju88, not built

Junkers Ju85 Windchannel Model

Several sources reference a Junkers Ju85 design, also the RLM Type Allocator List did so. However, the correct allocation of this designator is not ensured today. The designator Ju85 is used in connection with a parallel design to the Junkers Ju88, which was started in 1938. A major lack of the Ju88 was the single tail unit, which disturbed the utilization of machine guns to the back. Therefore the "Ju85" was equipped with a double tail unit.

Junkers Ju85 Mockup

Two different versions are mentioned in literature today. The Ju85A was a direct derivate of the Ju88V-3. This version just solved the problem of the backwards oriented machine guns. A second version is mentioned as the Ju85B, which also got a new forward glazed canopy. It is reported, that wind channel models and mockups were built until 1939, when the project was stopped and the developement returend to the single tailed Ju88.


introduced Jul 1996
contents last updated 17.08.2017