Air Pictorial 1991-09
P.Cooksley - Aunty Ju
Up to about thirty years ago some genuine Ju52/3ms were being operated by the Swiss Air Force, and native-built specimens, redesignated CASA-352Ls, were to be seen over Spain, and AAC.1s over France. Today the preserved Lufthansa D-AQUI gives nostalgic joy rides during the summer months throughout Europe.
The theme of the landing gear is continued in this photo, showing the air-intakes and the massive legs of the Junkers. The wheel is unfaired in the manner of all examples flying today, but when the design was first introduced in 1930 these were equipped with neat streamlined covers, some early versions serving with the Nazi Luftwaffe having a 'dustbin' defensive position immediately aft.
An aileron mass balance forms the subject of this photo, which also shows how the extreme tips of the wings, of course, lack corrugations and have a neat fairing strip riveted along the join between the upper and lower parts.
Photo shows just how the famous corrugations are laid along the fuselage and wing centre-section, where it will be seen that those at the root are considerably coarser than elsewhere on the wing. Interesting, too, is the fact that on this particular example, N9012N, the door glazing and rear window has been blanked off, the same being the case on the opposite side.
In conclusion, the port motor is to be seen in this photo, its cowling and nacelle looking much the same as those for the 600-hp BMW 132As (licence-built Pratt & Whitney Hornets), while the same method of ‘crimping’ the corrugated metal used on the fin may be seen along the line of the rear spar.
Similar treatment of the metal is seen at the rear of the fuselage in this photo, forward of the massive alloy forging which is the tailwheel fork, at the top of which are two prominent towing lugs and a flexible fairing under the stern of the fuselage. Early examples, of course, lacked the refinement of a tailwheel, having a skid instead.
The almost surrealistic effect created by the corrugations of the fin and rudder is well captured by this photo, which emphasises the large rudder gap, the manner in which the metal is terminated in what a tailor would cause ‘tucks' at the sternpost of the fin, and the plain fairing at its root.