After the discovery of a serious fracture in a central stringer during a routine inspection last summer, LH’s beloved Ju52 ‘Tante Ju’ has been grounded while undergoing a complete overhaul. Now with the work nearly complete, she looks to return to service in May of this year, just in time to celebrate her 80th Anniversary which takes place in April. When all is said and done, €200,000 will have gone into repairs to make her airworthy again.
To give a sense of the severity of the damage, engineers at LH Technik compared it to a person suffering a broken neck. In spite of the challenges, it looks as though she’ll be back and better than ever. While repairs were going on for the fracture, other parts of the aircraft have been refreshed so that she’ll be in far better shape after this overhaul than she was before the crack was discovered.
Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung (DLBS), the non-profit group that cares for the Ju52, has been keeping a great ‘record’ of the renovation on their Facebook page. Their regular updates include videos, photographs, and technical information that help visitors keep track of, and understand what has been taking place during the last few months.
Tickets are on sale for flights this summer and can be purchased through DLBS’ website.
Here is their most recent post, a time lapse video showing the wing being installed onto the fuselage:
In case you missed or forgot my post from a few days ago, let this serve as a reminder.
Lufthansa will for the first time be broadcasting live from aboard a touring flight of their Junkers Ju52. This event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 CET which translates into a 2:30a start on the east coast, 11:30p on the west coast. The flight is scheduled to depart 30 minutes after the beginning of the broadcast.
To take part in the event, please use this link to connect to the broadcast.
To learn more about this fantastic piece of history, including her schedule please click here. You can book you very own ‘JUnique’ Memory!
On August 18, Lufthansa for the first time ever will broadcast live from aboard a flight on the beloved and revered Junkers Ju52, affectionately known as ‘Tante Ju’, or ‘Aunt Ju’.
In order to watch you’ll need to use this Facebook link that will contain the broadcast. As it stands now, it is scheduled to begin at 8:30a Central European Time, which makes it a 2:30a start time on the East Coast in the USA. The flight is scheduled to depart at 9:00a CET, conditions permitting.
I assume there will be a video archive of the even but I think the ‘wow factor’ will be to watch it live as it happens.
I had my chance at a flight last year in Hamburg, but the only 20 minute thunderstorm of an otherwise perfectly sunny day ruined those plans as the flight was canceled and later flights were already booked up.
Considering most people will never get a chance to fly aboard her due to her limited schedule, this simulcast may be the next best thing.
To learn more about this fantastic piece of history, including her schedule please click here. You can book you very own ‘JUnique Memory!
One of Lufthansa’s most historic and important pieces of ‘DNA’ has finally been recognized for her achievements and contributions as she approaches her 80th Birthday.
Many of you will recognize the phrase ‘Tante Ju’. If you do not, it is the term of endearment bestowed upon Lufthansa’s Junkers Ju52 that had been saved and restored. Most importantly, it is still in active passenger service and graces airports all around Europe during summers.
Personally, I came within a thunderstorm of being one of her passengers. Unfortunately, my flight was cancelled and I’ll have to try again this year…..
Built in 1936, this gem has recently been honored by the Heritage of Hamburg Cultural Authority by being designated as a moving “Historic Monument”. With this designation, ‘Tante Ju’ has been officially recognized as a part of commercial aviation history and will be protected by all the rules and regulations that are afforded to historic landmarks.
In order to receive this recognition, an aircraft needs to be at least 30 years old and must have been restored and preserved to its original condition. Additionally a commitment needed to be made by her care takers to continue providing this kind of care.
Old meets new when this A380 and Ju52 met up in Hamburg – photo courtesy of Lufthansa
Today, Tante Ju is in the good hands of Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung whose sole responsibility is to preserve and restore some of Lufthansa’s most iconic aircraft. For those of you unaware, you can actually purchase tickets for touring flights on ‘Tante Ju’ that are held at airports throughout Germany (and even some parts of Europe) during the summer. For more information on her schedule and booking tickets, click here. Please note that tickets tend to sell out quickly!
As is stands now, ‘Tante Ju’ will be officially honored with this Historic Moving Monument designation at a special ceremony to be held during Hamburg Airport Days in August.