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==History==
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The eighth of the series manufactured at Weser Flugzeugbau's Nordenham plant, parts of the airframe were also built at ATG in Altenburg and at Niedersächsische Metallwerke Brinckmann & Mergell in Hamburg-Harburg. Completed early in 1945, it was captured by U.S. troops in May 1945 at the Junkers plant in Merseburg.<ref name="wikipedia Ju388">http://www.wikipedia.or.ke/index.php/Junkers_Ju_388#Survivors</ref>
 
The eighth of the series manufactured at Weser Flugzeugbau's Nordenham plant, parts of the airframe were also built at ATG in Altenburg and at Niedersächsische Metallwerke Brinckmann & Mergell in Hamburg-Harburg. Completed early in 1945, it was captured by U.S. troops in May 1945 at the Junkers plant in Merseburg.<ref name="wikipedia Ju388">http://www.wikipedia.or.ke/index.php/Junkers_Ju_388#Survivors</ref>
   
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After some test flights at Merseburg with US crews, it was decided to fly the aircraft to Kassel/Waldau on May 20, 1945. As the aircraft still bore German markings, it had to be escorted by three P-38s. The flight took place between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.<ref name="JU388">http://www.ju388.de/560049US.html</ref>
 
After some test flights at Merseburg with US crews, it was decided to fly the aircraft to Kassel/Waldau on May 20, 1945. As the aircraft still bore German markings, it had to be escorted by three P-38s. The flight took place between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.<ref name="JU388">http://www.ju388.de/560049US.html</ref>
   
The aircraft was examined and test flown by "[[:Category:Watson's Whizzers|Watson's Whizzers]]", led by United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Colonel Harold E. Watson, as part of Operation Lusty and it is believed that Watson himself flew in the aircraft in preparation for flying it directly back to the U.S. Instead, on 17 June 1945 the aircraft was flown to Cherbourg, France where it was shipped to the United States, together with other captured German aircraft for detailed evaluation in the U.S.
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The aircraft was examined and test flown by "[[Watson's Whizzers]]", led by United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Colonel Harold E. Watson, as part of Operation Lusty and it is believed that Watson himself flew in the aircraft in preparation for flying it directly back to the U.S. Instead, on 17 June 1945 the aircraft was flown to Cherbourg, France where it was shipped to the United States, together with other captured German aircraft for detailed evaluation in the U.S.
   
 
The aircraft was flown to Freeman Field in Indiana for evaluation, and in September 1945 made a flight demonstration for the press. The Ju 388 was flown for 10 hours of flight tests at Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio with the "foreign evaluation" registration '''FE-4010''' (later changed to '''T2-4010'''). Following these tests the aircraft was displayed at the Dayton Air Show in 1946 along with other captured German aircraft.
 
The aircraft was flown to Freeman Field in Indiana for evaluation, and in September 1945 made a flight demonstration for the press. The Ju 388 was flown for 10 hours of flight tests at Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio with the "foreign evaluation" registration '''FE-4010''' (later changed to '''T2-4010'''). Following these tests the aircraft was displayed at the Dayton Air Show in 1946 along with other captured German aircraft.
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Eventually, the Ju 388 was moved to the National Air and Space Museum's Paul E. Garber facility in Silver Hill. As the aircraft is still in a rather good condition, it will be displayed at NASM's new Dulles International Airport facility in 2003 without prior restoration. Unfortunately, the NASM does not plan to reassemble the aircraft.<ref name="JU388" />
 
Eventually, the Ju 388 was moved to the National Air and Space Museum's Paul E. Garber facility in Silver Hill. As the aircraft is still in a rather good condition, it will be displayed at NASM's new Dulles International Airport facility in 2003 without prior restoration. Unfortunately, the NASM does not plan to reassemble the aircraft.<ref name="JU388" />
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