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Tante Ju Fliegend! — Iron Annie Airborne

24 April 2013

Tante Ju Fliegend! — Iron Annie Airborne

Ju 52 fly by — photo by Joseph May

Ju 52 fly by — photo by Joseph May

This Junkers Ju 52/3m* was photographed in flight at an airshow in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The Ju 52 (single engine) and Ju 52/3m (trimotor) had no official name but Luftwaffe personnel used the affectionate nickname Tante Ju (Auntie Ju) due to her predictable and desirable flying characteristics or “Iron Annie” from her ability to operate under harsh field and weather conditions. This Ju 52 has more simulated teeth, reminding us of her WW II service, than the usual upper 7.62mm machine gun position — note a pair of 7.62mm MGs in each wing, as well.

Iron Annie under taxi — photo by Joseph May

Iron Annie under taxi, note the pair of machine gun barrels just outboard of the right engine — photo by Joseph May


* Our thanks to James Kightly of Vintage Aeroplane Writer (as well as aviation author) for clarifying for us the significance regarding the Junkers Ju 52 and the Junkers Ju 52/3m (see comment, below)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 April 2013 07:15

    G’Day Joe,
    Great pics! A few comments – strictly what you’ve got there is a Ju 52/3m (for ‘trimotor’) as the Ju 52 had a single engine in the nose, and the three-engine version we all know was a development. (Also no Umlaut needed. Junkers is the name of the company founder (including the ‘s’) and is coincidentally almost the same as a term for a Prussian aristocrat – a Junker.)

    I believe the example you have in the pictures was operated by the late Martin Caidin named ‘Iron Annie’. It’s a rare example, as a genuine German pre-war Junkers, rather than a French or Spanish built one. It was later sold to Lufthansa, who restored it fully, and now tour it in Lufthansa colours painted as ‘D-AQUI’ though it is actually registered D-CDLH. They brought it to EAA Airventure at Oshkosh a few years back (air freighted rather than flown across the Atlantic) and I was lucky enough to have a flight when it was touring the UK a while ago.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      2 May 2013 13:38

      Thanks so much James! I had known of the single engine Junkers but never made the mental connection that it was the first model of the Ju 52. I will amend the post shortly. I also reviewed my photos and happily observe that three names appear on the aircraft from top to bottom (I cannot discern if the names are under “Owned By” or “Flown By) as: Martin Caidin, Roger Dalgren, Chick Autry. Indeed, you are correct as to which aircraft is in the photos 🙂

  2. 3 May 2013 05:40

    That’s great Joe, delighted to have been of help, and neat to see pics of her ‘back in the day’.

  3. nixie fox permalink
    3 December 2016 00:31

    Is there anyone else that might have more pictures of this Iron Annie specifically?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 December 2016 09:31

      From the USAF museum–

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