A rare Junkers JU 52 tri-motor will be a main attraction along the AirVenture flightline as part of the airplane's North American tour. The airplane's visit is sponsored by the German-based company RIMOWA, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of high-quality luggage and a first-time partner with EAA at Oshkosh.
The Junkers JU 52 was designed by the legendary Hugo Junkers and first appeared in May 1932. Within six years, the model was flying 75 percent of all German air passenger flights. The tri-motor configuration supplied a high standard of comfort and reliability, even during flights over the Alps. It remained an important part of European aviation for more than three decades.
"We are proud to be one of the stops of the RIMOWA JU 52 tour and know there is no place where the airplane will be more appreciated than in front of the world's aviators gathered at Oshkosh," said Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. "The airplane will certainly be a draw along the flightline and we thank RIMOWA for partnering with EAA for the first time to make this historic visit possible."
The aircraft appearing at AirVenture was built in Dessau, Germany, in 1939. At that time it was directly transferred to Switzerland, where is has been used for sightseeing flights since 1982. On April 19, 2012, RIMOWA announced that the airplane would make its first North American tour, including a trans-Atlantic flight that will bring it to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.
"To be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with the RIMOWA JU 52 is simply fantastic!" said Dieter Morszeck, CEO of RIMOWA and grandson of the company's founder. "The stop at the world's largest aviation gathering in Oshkosh is definitely one of the highlights of our North American tour and we are really looking forward to it!"
The JU 52 will be at Oshkosh throughout the week and be parked on AirVenture's showcase ramp. It will be open for tours while on display and will also be featured during the afternoon flight demonstrations that are a traditional part of AirVenture week.
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