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Junkers W33L "Bremen"

19 June 1998
Bremen, Germany

A Junkers aircraft, named Bremen is shown to the public in a Bremen square after an intensive restoration program conducted by Lufthansa specialists. The story, data and copyrighted pictures behind this special airplane is provided by Mr. Peter Jenniches of Bremen.

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Nose markings of the Bremen


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Tail markings of the Bremen

On April 13, 1928, 70 years before, at Greenly Island, Labrador, Newfoundland, this Junkers aircraft W33, nicknamed "Bremen",  landed after an epic 36-hour-flight from Baldonnel, Ireland to America.  Baldonnel is outside of Dublin, Ireland.  It was not the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, but it was the first in the East to West direction after Charles Lindbergh did it in 1927 in the Spirit of St. Louis.  Three men made history, Ehrenfried Guenther Freiherr von Huenefeld (1892-1929), called The Crazy Baron, Hermann Koehl (1888-1938), both Germans, and James C.Fitzmaurice (1898-1965), who was Irish.  The Baron presented the legendary Junkers W33 aircraft to the citizens of New York and it was exhibited in 1929 at New York City's Penn Central Station.   Afterwards, the aircraft became the property of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  The aircraft is on loan from the Henry Ford Museum to the city of Bremen until the year 2003 on condition that it be fully restored.  This restoration has been completed.

Technical Data Junkers W33

Type Junkers W33 L
Serial No. 2504
Date of Manufacture 28th July 1927
Registration D-1167
Span 18.35 meters (60.2 feet)
Length 10.90 meters (35.76 feet)
Height 3.50 meters (11.48 feet)
Engine Junkers L5
Power 360 PS (HP)
Weight empty 1,350 kilograms (2970 lbs)
Fuel weight 1,932 kilograms (4250.4 lbs)
Equipment weight 18 kilograms (39.6 lbs)
Weight in flight 3,700 kilograms (8140 lbs)
Top Speed 195 km/h (121.2 mph)
Cruising Speed 150 km/h (93.2 mph)
Range 7,700 kilometers (4785 miles)


The pictures and original text are copyrighted to the photographer, Mr. Peter Jenniches, of Bremen, Germany.  He has graciously granted the ALLSTAR network permission to use them.  The ALLSTAR network has made some minor modifications to the text for the sake of readability.

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