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Reviving the legendary passenger plane Junkers F13

Reviving the legendary passenger plane Junkers F13 0

Reviving the legendary passenger plane Junkers F13

Jukers F13 aircraft in Deutschen museum, Germany.

According to CNN, the Junkers F13 plane was designed by businessman Hugo Junkers in 1919. It was the first metal plane in the era of wooden biplanes and triplanes.

In addition to its all-metal construction, it was also the first aircraft to have an enclosed, heated cabin, capable of carrying four passengers in relative comfort, at least by the standards of the time.

The F13 generation was so popular that, despite the abundance of low-cost military aircraft in the post-war years, it still had a significant market share in the growing aviation industry.

Hugo Junkers even founded his own airline, Junkers Luftverkehr, which later merged with German airline Lufthansa, to promote and sell the F13.

The last commercial F13 stopped flying in 1951 in Brazil.

Revival

Rimowa, a company specializing in the production of luxury luggage bags, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is planning to cooperate with Swiss airline Ju-Air to revive this aircraft line.

This job is not easy.

In a factory in Oberndorf, on the edge of Germany’s Black Forest, a research team under the direction of Dominik Kaelin of aviation technology company Kaelin Aero spent more than 9,000 working hours manufacturing the airframe and wings.

Reviving the legendary passenger plane Junkers F13

The shape of the new F13.

According to Dieter Morszeck, CEO of Rimowa, finding the right engine is also a challenge.

`The first series of F13s used in-row engines (cylinders arranged in rows), which are difficult to find today. Later versions used radical engines (cylinders arranged outward from the center,

Once completed, the aircraft will be transported to Duebendorf, Switzerland.

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