Junkers Ju 52/3m "Aunt Ju"

Ju 52 has given us the unique opportunity to preserve an important piece of Germany's aviation heritage.

"Queen of the Skies"

The heart of Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung's fleet is the Ju 52. It was with the Junkers J 1 back in 1915 that Hugo Junkers conducted trials with the world's first all-metal airplane.
As the first aircraft built in this new design, the Junkers F13 finally took off in 1919. With the Ju 52, Junkers went on to become the world's most successful manufacturer of passenger aircraft over many years. From 1932, the Junkers works and various licensees built almost 5000 airplanes that were to serve 30 airlines in 25 countries across the globe.

Built at the Junkers works in Dessau, our Ju 52 embarked on her maiden flight in 1936. Initially in service with Lufthansa, she then spent almost 20 years alternating between Germany and Norway. 1955 saw her taken out of service in Norway. Too large for a museum in Oslo, she was sold to South America where she was flown in Ecuador from 1957 to 1963. The end of her days now looked imminent. Mustered out to the edge of Quito Airport and exposed to the elements, she fell into oblivion until an American flying enthusiast rescued her in 1969. Later on, spectators were able to admire "Aunt Ju", now known as "Iron Annie", at air shows across the States before being purchased by Lufthansa in 1984 and painstakingly restored.

She has once again been in her element since 1986, marking her 50th birthday, and delighting around 10,000 passengers a year.
Key facts
• Tail sign: D-CDLH
• Original tail sign: D-AQUI
Year built: 1936
• Crew: 4
• Passengers: 16
• Engines: Three nine-cylinder Pratt & Whitney radial engines, PW 1340 S1 H1G Wasp
• Type: Junkers Ju 52/3m
• Take-off speed: 120 km/h (65 kts)
• Cruising speed: 190 km/h (102.5 kts)
• Maximum speed: 250 km/h (135 kts)
• Maximum range: Approx. 825 km (513 miles)
• Endurance: 4 hours 20 mins.
• Length: 18.90 m (62 feet)
• Height: 6.10 m (20 feet)
• Wingspan: 29.25 m (96 feet)
• Minimum take-off distance: Approx. 500 m (1640 feet)
• Minimum landing distance: Approx. 350 m (1148 feet)
View from the Junkers
View from the Junkers
"Aunt Ju" about to take off
"Aunt Ju" about to take off