Aviation Historian 26
R.Flude - Kommando Japan /The Axis's wartime air links/ (3)
Eighth from the right, von Gablenz stands beside the Junkers Ju 52/3m, D-ANOY, named Rudolf von Thuna, in which he undertook the August 1937 flight from Kabul to eastern China and back. Sadly, von Gablenz was killed flying a French-built Siebel Si 204 transport aircraft in Germany in August 1942.
Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor D-ACON was used to make several high-profile long-distance flights, including the first non-stop flight of a heavier-than-air machine between Berlin and New York, where it arrived on August 11, 1938, as seen here. The same aircraft flew from Berlin to Tokyo that November, but was lost when it ditched off the coast of the Philippines on the return journey.
BV222 V1 впервые выкачен из сборочного цеха в Финкенвердере, август 1940 года. BV222 входил в число четырех шестимоторных самолетов, построенных в Германии в годы Второй мировой войны. Были построены также Ju 390, Me 323 и гигантский BV238.
The first Blohm und Voss Bv 222 prototype, designated Bv222 V1 and given the civil registration D-ANTE, on the occasion of its roll-out at the company’s factory in the Finkenwerder district of Hamburg, in August 1940. The six-engined flyingboat, originally designed to a Lufthansa specification for a transatlantic passenger aircraft, made its maiden flight on September 7 the same year.
The prototype Bv 222 prepares to alight during trials over the winter of 1940-41. This aircraft was subsequently fitted with cargo doors and performed its first supply sortie for the Luftwaffe as CC+EQ on July 10, 1941, when it flew from Hamburg to Kirkenes in Norway - one of the points from which it was proposed Far East flights be made.
Junkers Ju 290A-5 WNr 0170, code KR+LA, was the first of 11 maritime reconnaissance versions built, and was reportedly the machine used by Rudolf Mayr to practise take-offs at high overload weights in February 1944. The Far East flights would have used a specially-modified long-range variant, the A-9, with reduced armament.
Capable of some 32hr endurance, the six-engined Junkers Ju 390, the prototype of which is seen here in the air, made its first flight in August 1943. Designed to a specification for an extra-long-range “Amerikabomber”, the Ju 390 would have had the range to reach Tokyo from Germany with endurance to spare, and, although the Japanese government acquired a licence to manufacture the type, neither endeavour was ever fulfilled.