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Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:58 am

The thread about the whereabouts of surviving Luftwaffe fighters reminded me that one of the rarest German warbirds is currently being restored. Found in 1981, the crash site of a FW 200 Condor was located near a Norwegian fjord near Trondheim. After many years, what was left of the plane was repatriated to Germany.

If you've followed the other thread there are videos of similar aircraft in Russian and US hands during and following the end of WW2, but to date the one at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin is the only surviving example. Originally developed for Lufthansa this aircraft was used by the Luftwaffe as a long range maritime patrol aircraft and hated by Churchill. Any update on it's restoration? It is quite a beautiful aircraft.

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RE: Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:10 pm

"Working together with the German Museum of Technology in Berlin, EADS Airbus Deutschland in Bremen and Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Berlin-Dahlewitz, Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung's aim is to turn the badly damaged aircraft into a handsome piece of commercial aviation history. The project is put at ten years to complete.

"It will all be worth it even though the plane will never fly again."

http://www.lufthansa-ju52.de/en/Projects/Focke-Wulf-Condor/index.php

More pictures (in german only)
http://www.sdtb.de/Bildergalerie.789.0.html

To me it looks like they are about to build a new aircraft.
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RE: Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:01 pm

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 1):
To me it looks like they are about to build a new aircraft.

Thanks for the reply. It seems like that is the case. I don't believe any large pieces of the aircraft survived. And those that did suffered from extensive saltwater corrosion. From what I understand they're using parts from another crash site near Kvitanos in Norway as well.

There weren't that many made overall, something like 280 total airframes. Of which, at least one example ended up in the US after the war and one was on display in Gorky Park around 1943 or 44 with other captured German aircraft.

I may have to invest in Jerry Scutts book on the Condor. It lists the fate of all the FW 200 built.
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RE: Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:18 pm

They seriously need to save the tooling/equipment that they build and use for this project. The possibility of making new parts, enough to build some new complete aircraft might be possible if for nothing more than a museum.
 
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RE: Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:17 am

Quoting trigged (Reply 3):
They seriously need to save the tooling/equipment that they build and use for this project. The possibility of making new parts, enough to build some new complete aircraft might be possible if for nothing more than a museum.

Shamelessly bumping my own thread here, but I too think it would be a good idea that they kept the tooling equipment. It's likely they will. This whole project is a collaboration between the German Museum of Technology in Berlin, EADS Airbus Deutschland in Bremen and Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Berlin-Dahlewitz, Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung. Why not keep them?

There are other FW 200 wrecks waiting to be found out there, not many but some. I ordered the Scutts book on the Condor, which has the disposition of every airframe. After I look through it I'll see just how likely it is any airframes may be recovered. I should mention that a number of the passenger versions, later converted to maritime patrol duties, ended up with a broken back. They weren't meant for that mission from the offset.



I'm not sure how many were lost to this kind of incident.
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RE: Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:53 am

I will be watching the progress of this rebuild with great interest.
The Condor has always been a favorite!

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RE: Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor Restoration Status

Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:30 am

Beautiful Aircraft, look forward to seeing the finished product, wish they would fly it !
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