Behind the picture–Junkers JU-52

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Definitely a one of a kind visitor to AirVenture 2012 at Oshkosh was the Junkers JU-52/3m from Rimowa luggage in Germany.

The Junkers JU-52 first flew in 1932 and this particular airframe HB-HOY was built in 1949 in Spain by Construcciones Aeronáuticas S.A. Powered by 3 BMW 132 A/3 engines developing 660 horsepower each, the JU-52 carried 17 passengers, 2 pilots and 1 flight attendant at a stately maximum speed of just over 113 knots. 

The JU-52 was originally designed as a single engine transport but Lufthansa pressured for a 3 engine passenger version.  A number of airlines in Europe and South America flew the aircraft and British European Airways (which became British Airways) even flew 10 that they received as spoils of war.

The Rimowa Junkers flew everyday at Oshkosh this year and provided some remarkable images as it made low, slow turns directly over the runway.