The Finnish Aviation Museum is taking a Junkers Ju 52 -airliner on a nostalgy trip to the Kaivopuisto Air Show
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The Finnish Aviation Museum has preliminarily reserved a 1930’s Junkers Ju 52/3m, operated by the Swiss JU-AIR, to be brought to the Kaivopuisto Air Show. Tickets are available for the ferry flights from Zürich to Helsinki via Berlin and Stockholm and back, as well as sightseeing flights in Helsinki. The historical flight will take place, if enough tickets are reserved beforehand.
JU-AIR has a Swiss AOC, and it operates four airworthy Junkers Ju 52 -airliners. The plane reserved for the Aviation Museum, HB-HOT, was operated by the Swiss Air Force until the early 1980’s. The aircraft has its homebase in Dübendorf.
Airworthy Junkers Ju 52’s are nowadays a rare sight outside Central Europe. The airliner last visited Finland in 2005.
The Workhorse of 1930’s Air Traffic
The trimotor German Junkers Ju 52/3m -airliner or “Tante Ju” (“Aunt Ju”) was developed in the early 1930’s. The aircraft became a popular airliner in Europe in the 1930’s – for instance the German Luft Hansa had dozens of Ju 52’s in its fleet. The aircraft was also used for military purposes, as a transporter and a bomber – and served in the Spanish Civil War and Second World War.
The Finnish Aero Ltd (current Finnair) co-operated closely with the Junkers company during the early years of the airline. In 1931 the airline purchased its first Ju 52, being amongst the first foreign airlines to acquire the type. The aircraft had a cruising speed of over 200 km/h, and due to its advanced instrumental system it could be operated in poorer weather conditions than the earlier aircraft types. The cabin was enclosed, like in earlier Junkers models, and the Ju 52 also featured an enclosed cockpit. The aircraft could fit over a dozen passengers.
Aero’s Ju 52 -aircraft served from the 1930’s to the 1940’s. They saw the transition from seaplane harbors to land-based airfields, and operated throughout the strenuous and perilous War Years. The Ju 52 was involved in perhaps the most dramatic incident in the history of Finnish air traffic, which occurred in Summer 1940, during the Interim Peace. The OH-ALL “Kaleva”, en route from Tallinn to Helsinki, was shot down by two Soviet bombers.
After the War, American Douglas DC-3 -planes, purchased from the U.S. Army Deposit, replaced the worn-out Ju 52’s. In total, Aero had five Ju 52’s in its fleet, the last of which served until 1949.
More information about the Air Show, its program and performing aircraft on the Finnish Aviation Museum’s web site: http://ilmailumuseo.fi/kaivari/, as well as the Facebook Page of the event: https://www.facebook.com/kaivariairshow/
The Kaivopuisto Air Show is a huge, aviation-themed event, organized by the Finnish Aviation Museum. The Show will be held on Friday Night, 9.6.2017. Various aircraft types representing the past, present and future of Finnish Aviation will take part in the Show. The Show will take place in the air, land and sea. Partners of the event include Finavia, SEK, The Finnish Aeronautical Association and the City of Vantaa.
Valeri Saltikoff, Exhibition Manager, Finnish Aviation Museum
tel. +358 44 062 6252, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Finnish Aviation Museum is a national special museum, it has the largest aeronautical collection in Finland. Finnish aviation and planes either designed or used by Finns are at the heart of the collection. The Finnish Aviation Museum is an active and interactive Museum up to international standards. The museum is located near the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and can easily be reached by several means of transport. The Finnish Aviation Museum is owned by the Finnish Aviation Museum Foundation.