Norweigan Aviation Museum

Junkers Ju_52_Najaden, Norsk Luftfartsmuseum. Foto: Anders_Utgaard.

Junkers Ju 52/3m

Junkers Ju 52/3m is a civilian airliner from Germany.

4,845 Junkers Ju 52/3m were built before production came to a halt in 1947, more than any other European transport plane. By the standards of the time, this aircraft had extensive cargo capacity in addition to STOL capabilities. Furthermore, owing to the fact that they were very solidly built aircraft, some of them are still in active service today. In Switzerland, JU-AIR still runs passenger services using the Junkers Ju52/3m.

The first Ju-52 took off in May 1932, and gradually, this type of aircraft was delivered with wheels, skis and floats to suit the local climate and terrain. In the 1930′s, it was the leading civilian transport plane in Europe, it could seat 15-17 passengers and carried, amongst other things, 75% of Lufthansa’s passengers. During World War II, Junkers Ju-52/3m’s comprised 90% of the Luftwaffe’s fleet of transport planes.

Junkers Ju 52 in Norway
In 1935, the Norwegian aviation company, Det Norske Luftfartsselskap (DNL), opened a commercial route between Oslo and Bergen, with flights along the coast on a Ju52 which they hired and later purchased from Lufthansa. DNL’s commercial routes were only in operation during the summer. DNL/SAS ran air services using the Ju 52/3 m until 1956.