Flughafentag

Flughafentag

Last year at about this time we went to Flughafentag at Hamburg's Airport. Flughafentag meaning airport day.

There were lots of really cool planes there including this one, the JU 52. It's (sort of) the oldest flightworthy JU 52. I say sort of because for about the last year, it was being repaired as some issue had been found with the airframe. Not so unusual in an aircraft that is eighty years old.

As far as I can tell, it is now back to it's regular duty of sightseeing flights and Flughafentags.

It has quite a history. Originally built for and sold to a Norwegian airline, it was confiscated by Germany during WWII. Somewhere during my reading up on it last year, I remember seeing something about it being used personally by Hitler but I get the feeling that that's just one of those stories told to make old things sound more interesting than they really are.

Anyway, after the war, it sat around for a while before being sold and flown to Equador. After flying all over South America and the Andes for years, it was sold to an american writer, Martin Caidin. I've never heard of him but, apparently, he wrote a book called Cyborg, which was the inspiration for the Six Million Dollar Man TV movie and series.

History is a strange thing.

So, in the US, the plane was given the ridiculous name Iron Annie and flown around in airshows with wing-walkers and whatnot.

Thankfully, at some point, it was retired, scooped up by Lufthansa and restored.

My other photographs of, or in, airplanes can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Focal Length: 13 mm
35mm Focal Length: 20 mm
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2015-08-22 10:21:04
Posted: 2016-08-18 | 23:40





Flughafentag

Flughafentag

Last year at about this time we went to Flughafentag at Hamburg's Airport. Flughafentag meaning airport day.

There were lots of really cool planes there including this one, the JU 52. It's (sort of) the oldest flightworthy JU 52. I say sort of because for about the last year, it was being repaired as some issue had been found with the airframe. Not so unusual in an aircraft that is eighty years old.

As far as I can tell, it is now back to it's regular duty of sightseeing flights and Flughafentags.

It has quite a history. Originally built for and sold to a Norwegian airline, it was confiscated by Germany during WWII. Somewhere during my reading up on it last year, I remember seeing something about it being used personally by Hitler but I get the feeling that that's just one of those stories told to make old things sound more interesting than they really are.

Anyway, after the war, it sat around for a while before being sold and flown to Equador. After flying all over South America and the Andes for years, it was sold to an american writer, Martin Caidin. I've never heard of him but, apparently, he wrote a book called Cyborg, which was the inspiration for the Six Million Dollar Man TV movie and series.

History is a strange thing.

So, in the US, the plane was given the ridiculous name Iron Annie and flown around in airshows with wing-walkers and whatnot.

Thankfully, at some point, it was retired, scooped up by Lufthansa and restored.

My other photographs of, or in, airplanes can be found in the gallery.

Show this photo on a map ✈

EXIF

Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type: AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Focal Length: 13 mm
35mm Focal Length: 20 mm
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2015-08-22 10:21:04
Posted: 2016-08-18 | 23:40


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