Junkers JU-52 "Tante JU" visit to Sweden in May 2002


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In May of 2002, one of the legendary Aircraft in the History of Commercial Aviation visited Sweden.
The aircraft is the Classic Junkers JU52/3m three-engined, corrugated metal-fuselage designed airplane far ahead
for its time. The reason for the JU-tours was the aircraft's 70 years-celebrations. in advancement. The tour included
visits to Stockholm-Bromma, Malmoe, Norrköping as well as Copenhagen, Denmark. The aircraft in question is
JU52/3m D-AQUI (D-CDLH), operating first for Deutsche Luft Hansa, and later in several countries including
Norway (DNL) and South America


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First look at the beauty basking in the sun. The three engines, with three propellers each,
can be clearly seen, as well as the forward (pilot) entrance door to the right(!)

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The "ultra-modern" design of the Junkers JU 52, with its corrugated all-metal fuselage can be
studied in this photo. Some simple flap arrangement can be seen on the trailing edges.

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The internal layout and design can be studied in these two photos. The cockpit instrumentation is a mix of
"vintage" and more modern equipment, probably a necessity to get a valid operating certificate. The cabin is
identical to the original layout, and the author can verify that the seats are very comfortable also for longer flight.

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The details of the aircraft design can be studied in these close-up shots of Tante JU. The simplified,
and at the time very modern, flap (single slot) arrangement is shown in the second and third shot. This
particular Junker left the factory in April 1936, about 2 month before Bromma Airport in Stockholm
opened for commercial traffic. Thus two contemporary historical attractions meet this beautiful spring-day.

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Now it's time for Action! The engines of the mighty beast are spinning like a kitten and the classic
sound of the radials probably brings back many memories to the older generation Tante JU
magestically taxies out for her commemorative flight over Stockholm. Could it be better!

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Up and away! D-AQUI has just taken off from Runway 12 at Bromma Airport. It looks as
stable as a steamship as she gently climbs away towards the beautiful downtown-Stockholm.

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And now she is coming back to land at Bromma after a short flight over Stockholm and the adjacent
archipelago. I have to say it looks like a very slow landing speed, probably credited to the very large wings.

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And now the real thing for me! The day after the Bromma visit, my "old" friend Tante JU is
visiting Norrköping Airport and I'M one of the lucky guys that will take a ride on board this lady
all the way to Copenhagen-Kastrup! A leasury 2 hr 30 min flight at approximately 1000 ft altitude.
It MUST have been better in the old days! "Passing 100 ft climibing flight level 1.0"

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Flygin En-route Norrköping-Copenhagen Kastrup. The cockpit looks immaculate clean and fresh for
such an old aircraft. I feel completely confident in this machine, and during my cockpit visit a Route
Viggen was passing in front of us at high speed! Fascinating.

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Coming in to land at Kastrup airport in quite an un-conventional machine, the whole aviation-enthusiasts
community in Copenhagen was probably there to document the landing. Alas I could not join them because
I was on-board the airplane!!! Cleared to land on runway 22L for Tante JU52.

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The happy passengers are disembarking this once-in-a-life flying experience. All passengers got
there tickets signed by the captain as proof of participation. Now I have to leave this magnificent airplane
and take the more conventional SAS Airbus A321 back home to Stockholm. Some contrast I must say.


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