Famous Names of early aviation

Hugo Junkers

Hugo Junkers (1859 - 1935)

Ingenious German aeroplane engineer, inventor of the double piston engine drive "Junkers Motor"; 1915 constructor of the first ever all metal aircraft making use of corrugated iron, 1930 construction of the 4-engine airliner "G38", the "F13" and last-not-least 1931 the 3-BMW engine passenger airplane "JUNKERS JU 52". "AUNT JU" was on duty for decades for LUFTHANSA and many other early airlines worldwide. The plane was in use for air-passengers and freight post cargo as it reached for the time outstanding safety, reliability and punctuality.

In the 20’s and 30’s there were nearly no airlines worldwide where no JUNKERS planes were in action. JUNKERS aeroplanes achieved many flight world records i.e. altitude record 1919, around the world 1930, 1st Atlantic flight 1928 and the Himalayan flight 1937.

Nowadays a "JU52" has a predominant exhibition place at the German Museum in Munich, another plane is displayed at the international Munich airport. And … believe it or not, some few historic air transportation servers are still on duty for local tourist flights in Southern Germany.

Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin

Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838 - 1917)

German pioneer of aeronautics renowned for his huge airships, constructed 1900 the first ever dirigible aero fixed airship ZEPPELIN "LZ 1", 1909 founder of the Company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, Friedrichhafen. "The crazy Count from Lake Constance" built up workshops that developed and produced engines, gear transmission machinery, envelopes and cellular gas bodies for the airship sheds construction.

"LZ 127 GRAF ZEPPELIN" and "LZ 129 HINDENBURG" were historic milestones never reached again. ZEPPELIN constructed between 1900 & 1938 in total about 100 ZEPPELIN - airships in 27 different versions. The largest was "LZ 129" in 1938 with length of 245 meters, diameter of 41.2 meters, volume of 200.000m3, 4 Daimler diesel engines with 4.200 PS, maximum speed of 131 km / hour and a range of 12000 kilometres reaching North and South America for transport of passengers, mail and freight.