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JUNKERS F 13 RELAUNCH

 

JUNKERS F 13 RELAUNCH

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.