Junkers Ju 52/3m "Aunt Ju"

Ju 52 has given us a one-time opportunity to preserve an important piece of aviation history as part of Germany's cultural heritage.

Timeline of the Junkers Ju 52/3m

April 6, 1936 The brand-new D-AQUI Fritz Simon is delivered to Lufthansa.
June 1, 1936 – April 8, 1940 Sold to Norway's DNL, tail sign LN-DAH Falken.
April 9, 1940 – Sept. 22, 1940 German Air Force and hand-over to Lufthansa.
Sept. 23, 1940 – May 1945 Once again registered as D-AQUI Kurt Wintgens for Lufthansa.
May 28, 1945 – August 1945 Norwegian Air Force. Major technical problems.
September 1945 – January 1948 Back in service with DNL in Norway. Tail sign LN-KAF Askeladden. This and a further Ju 52, built in 1943, are taken apart to make a new Ju 52.
Feb. 14, 1948 – October 1956 In service with SAS under the same LN-KAF Askeladden tail sign. Flies all Norwegian coastal routes.
Early 1957 Former Lufthansa pilot Christof Drexel buys her. Conversion in Oslo to wheeled landing gear.
July 30, 1957 Shipped to Ecuador with 20 tonnes of replacement parts.
August 1957 – 1962 In service with TAO, Transportes Orientales S.A., she flies passengers and cargo out of Quito (altitude 9,186 feet) throughout the Amazon region. Tail sign HC-ABS Amazonas.
1962 – 1970 She stands unused for eight years on the periphery of Quito Airport.
May 25, 1970 Former bomber pilot Lester F. Weaver buys her for US$ 5,000.
October 1970 Airworthy again. Tail sign N130LW. Eight-day flight ferrying her to Illinois.
May 21, 1972 Receives experimental-category license only on account of technical problems.
Mid-1974 Sold to Cannon Aircraft for US$ 36,000.
End of 1974 Author Martin Caidin buys her for US$ 52,200.
March 1975 – end of 1976 Transfer to Titusville, Florida. Major repair work. P&W 1340 engines fitted. Wheels and brakes from a Curtiss C46. New life as “Iron Annie”, N52Ju.
Summer 1984 Lufthansa buys her from Martin Caidin.
Dec. 12, 1984 – Dec. 28, 1984 8000 km flight transferring her from Opa Locka, Florida, via Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and England to Hamburg.
January 1985 – April 1986 Extensive restoration work at Lufthansa's base in Hamburg. Various modern systems fitted. Licensed as passenger aircraft in the highest class, passenger transportation 1. Meets latest design specifications.
April 6, 1984 – today Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung. Tail sign D-CDLH, Berlin Tempelhof. Historic tail sign D-AQUI included as part of livery. Flies approx. 10,000 passengers a year in Germany and neighboring countries.
Delivery of the brand-new D-AQUI in1936
Delivery of the brand-new D-AQUI in1936
In service with DNL in 1938
In service with DNL in 1938
Flying for SAS in 1950
Flying for SAS in 1950
1968, Ecuador
1968, Ecuador
1972, Lester Weaver, Illinois
1972, Lester Weaver, Illinois
1984 in Florida
1984 in Florida
Over Hamburg's Alster River in 1986
Over Hamburg's Alster River in 1986