JUNKERS F 13 RELAUNCH
JUNKERS F 13 RELAUNCH
"It all started with the Junkers F 13. Allowed us to explore new worlds and broaden our horizons. It is time we bring her back to scale new heights and perspectives."
Dieter Morszeck - CEO, JUNKERS Flugzeugwerke AG
As a passionate private pilot Dieter Morszeck began his project to bring the Junkers F 13 back to life in 2013. The first hand-built prototype made its maiden flight in 2016; in January 2018 it was successfully certificated as a transport aircraft. At the same time "JUNKERS Flugzeugwerke AG" was founded in Duebendorf, Switzerland. To recognize the 100-year-anniversary of the Junkers F 13’s first flight custom aircraft production delivery is slated in 2019.
Through the efforts of JUNKERS Flugzeugwerke AG in Dübendorf, Switzerland, the Junkers F 13 has made a comeback, combining tradition with modern technologies. It's capable of long-range flights, while providing the experience of a long-gone era of air transport.
Upon its introduction in 1919, the Junkers F 13's all-metal construction was revolutionary. Over 300 units of this unique design were built between 1919 and 1930.
The construction of the replica required rediscovery of long-forgotten construction techniques, particularly with regard to corrugated sheet metal. Supervised by the Swiss Federal Office of Air Transportation (BAZL), our engineers and aircraft builders gradually were able to bring a piece of aviation history back to life.
The Junkers F 13 accommodates two pilots and four passengers.
Since many of the original drawings and construction plans were no longer available, one of the very few original Junkers F 13s still in existence was measured accurately using laser technology.
The Junkers F 13 replica completed in 2016 has the typical Junkers “corrugated” look, and is held together by over 35.000 individual rivets, each installed by hand.
Compromises with modern technology were made in only a few areas.
The search for a readily available, reliable, and easily maintainable powerplant resulted in the decision to install a nine-cylinder Pratt & Whitney radial engine rated at 450 horsepower.
In addition to traditional flight and engine instruments, the standard equipment of the new Junkers F 13 includes modern communication and navigation radios, an ATC transponder and an engine monitor.