December 2 marks the anniversary of the agreement signed between Luftag (predecessor to today’s Lufthansa) and Hamburg Airport in 1953 which allowed for the construction of Lufthansa’s first postwar Technik Maintenance Facility. For those of you unfamiliar with Luftag, it was the national German airline created in 1953 and changed it’s name to Lufthansa in 1954.

Today, the facility is home to Technik’s Headquarters employing 7,500 employees and takes up 750,000 square meters of Hamburg’s Airfield.

Thanks to Lufthansa’s Media Archives, here are a few images of the very early days of Technik:

The site prior to construction

The first hangar at Technik Hamburg

One of Lufthansa's first aircraft, a Convair CV-340 at Technik in Hamburg

From it’s humble beginnings, it has grown into a state of the art facility:

For those familiar with Lufthansa Technik, you’ll know that it is one of the world’s premier Aircraft Maintenance operations. Airlines and private customers from the world over utilize Technik’s expertise when it comes to aircraft maintenance, renovation and upgrades.

Since it’s inception, Technik has grown into an organization comprised of 6 divisions: Maintenance, Overhaul, Component Services, Engine Services, VIP Services and Landing Gear Services. Worldwide, Technik has over 750 customers who use their services.

Though initially an internal division of Deutsche Lufthansa Airlines AG, in 1994 Technik was branched out to be it’s own separate entity within the Lufthansa Group.

To learn more about Technik’s Hamburg Facility, please visit Technik’s dedicated webpage for the location.