Aircraft - Junkers JU-88 (German)
For the most part, American aerospace testing
was done on American aircraft. However,
beginning with WWI, whenever the United States
obtained examples of foreign aircraft - either
from friendly countries through cooperative
arrangements or from enemies via capture or
defection- they were likely to wind up at McCook
Field or Wright Field for a thorough evaluation
which included flight testing if possible.
"During WWII evaluations at Wright Field
included allied aircraft like the Russian
British Spitfire and
and enemy aircraft including the German
the Japanese Zero.
The end of the war brought large numbers of
captured aircraft for evaluation. As with
other test flight activities, much of the
foreign aircraft evaluation moved to Muroc Air
Base (later Edwards AFB) after the war, but even
then the occasional foreign aircraft came to the
Miami Valley for testing, as a MiG-15 (courtesy
of a North Korean defector) at Patterson Field
Against the Wind)
Specifications of the JU-88
Armament: Six 7.9
mm machine guns
Junkers Jumo 211s of 1,200 hp. ea.
speed: 295 mph.
speed: 225 mph.
Ceiling: 27,880 ft.
Source: Air Force Museum