Junkers Ju 52 In Action (Aircraft number 186)
By Hans-Heiri Stapfer
Publisher: Squadron Signal 2002 52 Pages
PDF 26 MB
The Junkers Ju 52/3m (drei Motoren; three engine) culminated a series of all-metal monoplane aircraft developed by Junkers Flugzeug- undMotorenwerke A.G.1 since 1915. This series began with the J 1 fighter, which was the world's first all-metal aircraft. The J 1 led, through several other designs, to the J 9 single-seat fighter and the J 10 two-seat attack fighter. Both the J 9 and J 10 saw brief action in the last year of World War One.
The conflict's end on 11 November 1918 led Junkers - based at Dessau in central Germany's Sachsen-Anhalt region - to enter civil aircraft design and production. Their first such aircraft was the F 13, a single-engine monoplane transport carrying two pilots and four passengers. On 25 June 1919. the F 13 prototype first flew and the 322 aircraft built by 1932 saw worldwide service. The first Junkers tri-motor was the G 23 of 1924, which was further developed into the G 24 one year later. In 1926, further development led to the F 24, W 33, and W 34 single-engine and G 31 three-engine transports.