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Old 03-15-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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Hello
Today I got this picture with some others.Can you say me something about this plane?Was it something like a "training plane"?
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:07 AM   #2
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A Juncker 52 (i think) it was lufthansa"s passenger plane as well as the workhorse of the Wehrmacht during the war,I am sure i have seen others also named after Germany"s 1st ww aviation hero"s
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Yes, regular passenger service, although a few were pulled out for special assignment.

Immelmann and Immelmann II come to mind as special assignment Ju-52's that were pulled out of regular passenger service.

Of course the Ju-52's can also be identified by their individual civil registration numbers painted on the sides- in this case D-AXOS.

Besides Boeckle and Immelman, other WWI aces honored on Ju-52s included OTTO BERNERT, WERNER VOSS (reg. nr D-3131), HANS LOEB (reg. nr D-ALYL), renamed "XI OLYMPIADE" in 1936 and fitted with the five coloured olympic rings in honour of the Berlin Olympics, and EMIL SCHAEFER reg. nr D-AJYR).
"IMMELMAN" was reg. nr D-2600.
Then there is of course also the impressive RED one, the Lufthansa "MANFRED VON RICHTHOVEN".


Thanks to Bengt Fredén, Stockholm for this list.

John Dell added:

The reference I used for "Otto Bernert" was the Schiffer Publishers Luftwaffe Profile Series No. 14 on the Ju 52. On page 8 there is a photo of
a group of Ju 52's at Tempelhof. In the photo along with "Otto Bernert"
(D-AHAL) are: "Rudolf Klein" (D-AHIH), "Wilhelm Siegert" (D-AMYY), "Otto von Maltzahn" (D-AMIT), "Hans Wende" (D-ADER), and "Bruno Rodschinka" (D-AVUL). All of these planes share a similar layout to the names and registration numbers as is shown on Otto Bernert". There are just some slight variations to font style. At the top of the page is a photo of "Oswald Boelcke" (D-AXOS), where his name appears in smaller type under the Lufthansa name on the nose. Other named Ju 52's mentioned in this book are: "Kurt Wintgens" (D-ALUN), "Edward Dostler" (D-ALAN) and "Fritz Pütter" (D-ANEN).


Lufthansa had several hundred Ju-52's. Not all of them had names.

I wish we had a color photo of the RICHTHOFEN plane, painted red!

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:55 PM   #4
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I found out that the red 'Manfred von Richthofen' was Göring's executive transport aircraft, just like Immelman was Hitler's plane. Both were in a squadron of special government transport aircraft based at Tempelhof, commanded by Hans Bauer.

While we don't appear to have any period color photographs of Göring's plane, there are plenty of postwar artist renditions of it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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HI Kurzer

The specifications on the JU52/3mg7e are

TYPE: 18 seat military transport.
POWERPLANT: Three 830-hp BMW 132T-2 nine-cylinder
air -cooled radial engines.
MAXIMUM SPEED: 183m.p.h. at sea level.
INITIAL CLIMB RATE: 682 f.p.m.
SERVICE CEILING: 18,050 ft.
WEAPONS: Typically three 7.92-mm machine guns, one in
dorsal position and two mounted to fire abeam
through the side windows.
WEIGHTS: Empty 14,432 lbs.
Max 23,133 lbs.
RANGE: About 800 mi.
DIMENENSIONS: Span 95 ft. 11 in.
LENGTH 61 ft. 8 in.
HEIGHT 14 ft. 9 in.
WING AREA 1,189 sq. ft.


About 4,835 were built , But at wars end less than 50 were airworthy

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