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9-mm. MG, tail One 13-mm MG, dorsal Empty with equipment, 36,200 lbs Normal all up weight, 51,000 lbs Overload weight, 54,000 lbs Disposable load at maximum overload, 29,800 lbs 12,720 lbs 12,420 lbs 20,300 lbs ... -.. -. 3,000 lbs ............... 1,070-830 ___..... --------------------110-140 120-150 Bomb capacity ------------------Maximum 5,000 lbs 7,500 lbs 250-190 22,000 lbs F00 120-150 230 230 Normal 4,400 lbs 10,000 lbs 2,200 Fisure 7. Table comparing the Ju-52 and the Ju-90 5)0 ENEMY AIR-BORNEI FORCES 37.
In any case it is not thought that more than 650 Ju-52's GEIRMAN AIR-BORNE TRANSPORT 53 were employed. To get something like 35,000 men to Crete in a period of 10 days, it is estimated that each Ju-52 must have made on the average about 6 sorties. 40. TRANSPORT OF AIR-LANDING TROOPS BYJU-52's The following table gives the approximate number of loading units required to transport various organizations with their organizational equipment. -........ _ 12 41. TRANSPORTATION OF GERMAN PARACHUTE UNITS German parachute units and equipment are specially adapted to fit into the Ju-52 system of transportation.
N. Arms Containers Such equipment as the parachutists do not carry in the jump may be dropped in containers. ]'our standard arms containers are carried in each Ju-52. Each con- GERMAN PARACHI-TE TROOPS 31 tainer weighs 50 to 60 pounds empty and takes a load of up to 260 pounds. trombone case. This is probably an improved design. All three of these containers are dropped in a similar manner. They are painted in various bright colors, with rings and other markings denoting the unit for which intended.