Today In Aviation History – March 7, 1932 – First Flight – Junkers Ju 52/3M

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March 7, 1932.  First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3M.  The Ju 52/3M was the three engined version that replaced the horribly underpowered Ju 52/1M.  Originally powered by three Pratt & Whitney Hornet radial engines, later production models mainly received 574 kW (770 hp)BMW 132 engines, a licence-built refinement of the Pratt & Whitney design.

Hitler used a Luft Hansa Ju 52/3M as his personal transport. After the war airlines like Swiss and Lufthansa flew the aircraft with the last Swiss airframe finally retired in 1982.

The Ju 52/3M shown above flying as advertising for Rimowa  Luggage was shot at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2012.  It is a Swiss  registered aircraft currently available for rides in Switzerland.

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It is fitted with the BMW engines and purrs like a kitten.