Junkers F-13 to display at AeroExpo UK
See the historic replica at AeroExpo UK this coming 13-15 June 2019 at Wycombe Air Park.
Junkers Flugzeugwerke AG will also be displaying the WACO aircraft within its display. Discover the story, craftsmanship and passion behind the reproduction of the world’s first all-metal commercial aircraft…
Junkers F 13
The Junkers F 13 was the first passenger and freight aircraft used solely for civil aviation and the world’s first all-metal commercial aeroplane. It features a closed cabin for four passengers and an open two-person cockpit. 100 years ago, on the 25th of June 1919, in Dessau, the Junkers F 13 took off for the first time. Up to the early 1930s, the Junkers F 13 was built around 360 times in varying models.
The plane’s cabin setup was still modeled on the early passenger vehicles: the four passengers sat inside in the heated cabin in comfortable upholstered armchairs, sheltered from the weather outside, while the pilot and mechanic had the air blowing in their faces in the open-cockpit up front.
A few, but crucial concessions have been made to modern technology. Pratt & Whitney’s nine-cylinder radial engine «R-985 Wasp Junior» with 450 hp provides reliable every-day usability. The landing gear now comes with a brake system and has a tail wheel instead of the original tail skid. Over and above the classic flight and engine instruments, the Junkers F 13’s standard features include modern radio equipment, a transponder, and engine controls.