Back in the early 1920's, after huge success with the Junkers model F-13, Hugo
Junkers designed another new and revolutionary airliner called the W series which was
larger then the already successful F-13. The W series also sported the all metal
airframe with metal skins made of Zeppelins famous 'Dura-Luminum'. The corrugated,
heavy duty and quite sturdy aircraft became famous for their incredible durability.
These aircraft were famous for endurance world records, including the first crossing
of the Atlantic from East to West, just after Charles Lindbergs famous crossing. This
was done in the now famous 'Bremen', a W-33 model early in the W series line of
Many airlines and cargo companies purchased these planes, fitting them with complete
passenger compartments, pontoons for bush flights and island hopping, and skis for
snow climate terrain landings.
The Junkers W series planes became common at most of the worlds new growing
airfields, opening up common daily traffic and shipping all across Europe, Russia, the
Netherlands, into South America, Africa, the mountainous regions of Canada and the
The great success of the W series Junkers and its predecessor, the F-13, brought
Junkers to create the much larger Ju-52 Trimotor and thus making Junkers a huge
power in the birth of the airlines industry.
Model W-33 L series long cowling model.................................................199 Aircraft
Model W-34 Radial Engine series................................................................1800 Aircraft
These aircraft were produced in both Germany 'and' Sweden.
This is the famous Bremen, Registry 1167. She took three galant souls accross
the Atlantic ocean for the first time in 1928, going from East to West. Charles
Lindberg had only just crossed from West to East 'before' the famed Bremen flight.
Upon arriving for a greeting in New York City, the German Government and people
handed over the Bremen as a gift of friendship to the city of New York. 'Bremen'
was later donated to the Henry Ford Museum, and recently and quite magnificently
restored to new condition by the restoration teams of Junkers and Lufthansa in
Germany, and is currently on display at the Museum in Bremen, Germany.
This is the chart that 'Bremen's crew flew, departing early from Ireland, and
making its way West over the Atlantic, making at first, a straight line directly for
New York. After some 'scares' with oil issues during the journey, the course was
altered to a North Western route, then down South again.