The three-engine Junkers Ju 52 with its corrugated aluminium sheet is surely the most famous passenger plane in the world. She is affectionately called ‘Auntie Ju’ or ‘Iron Annie’ by everyone. When you hear the sonorous hum of her 3 radial engines, you immediately recognize the distinctive silhouette of this aviation legend. The 3 propellers are also the distinctive distinguishing feature of the maxFlite wind spinner aircraft for decorating your garden.
Already in the 1930s, it formed the reliable backbone of numerous air routes, especially Lufthansa. Hugo Junkers, who himself did not experience the great success of the Ju 52, had done pioneering work in all-metal aircraft construction. The pilots of the Ju 52 raved about their extremely good-natured flight characteristics and their incredibly robust construction. It was the epitome of safety, quality and reliability. More than 5000 machines in various variants were manufactured. Today, unfortunately, only a handful of machines are still in airworthy condition.
With the Ju 52 as a high-quality wind chime, maxFlite would like to make a contribution to bringing this classic into the gardens of the world. With 1 m wingspan, the 3 ball-bearing propellers, the wind turbine model impresses with its sheer size and represents a sensational garden decoration. If you take a closer look, you can discover, as usual with maxFlite, the countless details of the original machine on all surfaces of the powerful wind wheel aircraft. The Junkers Ju 52 is also fully printed on the underside for the first time. When you buy this wind chime, you will discover that even the undercarriage is elaborately reproduced from stainless steel. Floating gently on your 1.40 m long stainless steel rod, it immediately attracts everyone’s attention. Buy the noble Junkers Ju 52 from maxFlite.de as a windmill for the tasteful decoration of your garden. Become a maxFlite.de customer and feel like the passengers in ‘Auntie Ju’ once: Safe, reliable and comfortable care!
Special features of the Ju 52 wind turbine aircraft from maxFlite.de
- Imposing wind wheel on a large scale: 1 m wingspan, length 68 cm, all-metal made of rustproof stainless steel, a total of 4 ball bearings, including a 1.40 m installation rod
- The decorative wind turbine is foiled on all sides. Also on the bottom with all the details of the original Junkers.
- In order to get the impressive overall picture of your Ju 52 wind spinner aircraft, more than 10 custom-fit laser-cut stainless steel sheets will simply be installed along the illustrated instructions. Assembly time including set up in your garden is approx. 30 min.
- All screws and small parts required to assemble this high-quality garden decoration are included and also made of stainless steel. Only a few simple tools are required
- Including all parts for placing the piece of jewelry on the lawn or in the flower bed, i.e. Stainless steel rod and earth screw.
- This wind chime has a detailed replica of the main undercarriage including rotating wheels. Without the mounted holder, the maxFlite Ju 52 can also be easily placed on the floor.
[Wingspan: 100 cm; Length: 68 cm; Height on stick: approx. 1.60 m; Weight approx. 3.8 kg]
- The restoration of the Ju 52 with the identifier ‘D-AQUI’ was completed in 1986 on the 60th anniversary of Lufthansa. It is registered in Germany with the identifier D-CDLH which can be found inconspicuously in the original under the horizontal stabilizer. You can also recognize this from the maxFlite.de wind spinner aircraft.
- The chosen model of the wind chime was placed under protection by the Hamburg Monument Protection Office in 2015 as a movable monument.
- Ernst Zindel was the designer of the Ju 52 in one and the well-known three-engine version. He came from the village of Mistelbach near Bayreuth. The Ju 52 D-AQUI often did a lap of honor over the place when it was used for sightseeing flights from Bayreuth. Surely he would have enjoyed the Aunt Ju wind wheel too.
- The development of the Ju 52 began taking into account military-related aspects in 1928 under the project name “J52”. As a windmill, the maxFlite Ju is completely civil.
- The original of the restored D-AQUI has Pratt & Whitney radial engines. All 3 of Auntie Ju’s radial engines together have 27 cylinders. In the past, BMW 132 radial engines were installed, each with 660 hp. As a windmill for garden decoration, the Junkers naturally has an exemplary ecological balance with zero fuel consumption and zero emissions.
- Of course, corrugated iron is not really optimal in terms of air resistance. Just a few constructions after the Ju 52, Junkers changed to low-resistance, smooth metal. The wind wheel jewelry is also not made of corrugated iron, but of durable, rustproof stainless steel. The waves of the sheet metal surface are deceptively real replicated on the surface print on the wind spinner.
- D-AQUI at Lufthansa was taken out of service in August 2018. At the age of 82, it was the oldest commercial aircraft in the world still in commercial air traffic. It is currently (2020) disassembled in the port of Bremen and is waiting for revival. Maybe the sale and distribution of the Auntie Ju wind turbine will speed up this process – who knows.
- Hugo Junkers was expropriated by the National Socialist government. From 1933 he was no longer allowed to enter his works in Dessau. In Gauting near Munich, he worked on cities and high-rise buildings in light metal construction until his death in 1936.