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