Best for Both

Dave Unwin samples the Luftwaffe’s Bestmann trainer, designed to benefit students and instructors

The distinctive heavy canopy framing of the Bu 181.

One aspect of the Bestmann that really stands out is that although it was designed during the late 1930s as a trainer – it has side-by-side seating and an enclosed cockpit. I cannot think of any other training monoplane of the era that has this same configuration.

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