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Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:04 pm

At the beginning of August some colleagues and I were lucky enough to be able to fly on the “Tante Ju” as it is known here. This was a very special day out for all involved, especially as one of the members of our team volunteers as cabin crew on these flights.

The flights begin from the military base at Dübendorf, near Zürich. Normally sightseeing flights of either 40 or 60 minutes are offered, or full day trips to Ticino or Graubünden. As there was a group of us, we were able to charter the plane.

The day started with a tour of the Flieger Flap museum at Dübendorf, where there are all kinds of military aircraft on display. It’s a real hands on place- there’s even a parachute jump simulator.

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After that we were welcomed by our crew for the day, which included the boss of Ju-Air. He was a humorous man, who told us to politely tap them on the shoulder if we felt they were flying too close to the mountains and to keep our eyes on the fuel gauge on the wing in case we were to run out…… No problem to use electronic devices, including mobile phones.

Then the moment we were waiting for…out onto the tarmac (no security…!) to see this amazing aircraft, which is 69 years old.

Wednesday 6th August 2008
Dübendorf (LSMD)- Dübendorf (LSMD)
Junkers Ju-52 HB-HOT
ATD 1030 / ATA 1140
No flight number

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The first thing you notice in the aircraft is the noise! There are even headphones provided so that you can hear the announcements better. You really feel as though you’re sitting in something that belongs in museum.

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We trundled along to the runway having to shout to each other to make ourselves understood. It was hot on board too, being 30C outside. There was such a feeling of excitement in the cabin as we prepared to take off.



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We headed to the south and the take off was so smooth that you hardly noticed when we left the ground. Never having flown on anything like this before, it hit me how gentle the climb was.

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We then had a surprise visitor in honour of our special trip…..!

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Pilatus
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Lake Zurich
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Rigi and Pilatus
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Monastery at Einsiedeln
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Sihlsee
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Grosser & Kleiner Mythen
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Säntis
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Then we flew towards and over the Glarner Alps. Words simply cannot describe what we were about to be treated to…..

Tödi?
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Hello hikers!
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Glattalpsee




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It’s easier by air  Wink
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Planura hut SAC
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Limmerensee. This is located below the Kistenpass, a hike that can be done from Brigels in canton Graubünden to Tierfed in canton Glarus


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The Muttsee also lies along the route. There are 3 huts where you can stay along the way, Mutseehütte, Kistenpasshütte and Bifertenhütte




Newly renovated Leglerhütte SAC
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The Linth valley, which leads to the Klausenpass


The village of Braunwald
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Oberblegisee
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I’m guessing this is the Vorder Glärnisch
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Klöntalersee


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Walensee, with the Churfirsten in the back
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We were all allowed into the cockpit, huge instruments, it was like looking at a museum piece. The window was open to let some fresh air in – yes, this is how flying should be!

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After we had left the mountains and were approaching lake Zürich the pilot decided to treat us to something special. He wanted us to experience weightlessness. Before we knew it, the plane took a huge dive, before ascending then diving again. I really did feel as though I was on a rollercoaster, and I don’t like them at the best of times. Seeing that we were all airport employees, we got this special treat, although it wasn’t to everyone’s liking…..!

And all too soon we were on the short descent back to Dübendorf


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Greifensee, near Dübendorf
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Ready for landing
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So an amazing 70 minutes came to an end. Sad to disembark, but still keen for some photos on the ground



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Bye bye!
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The only downside to taking so many pictures (nearly 200!) was that you lose some of the flying experience. I was so busy clicking away, yet should have perhaps just sat down and enjoyed the flight for what it was. Although as the conditions were just perfect, it would have been a real pity to have missed the photo opportunities.

All I say is that for those of you who haven’t had a chance to fly with this incredible aircraft, do so whilst you can! It was a day I’ll never forget.

Comments welcome as always

Happy flying
Infodesk
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:35 pm

Hi, Hannah,

wow!.

You told me earlier about this very special scenic trip on the Ju-52.
So waited some time to follow your story. For sure, worth the time to wait  Smile .
But it´s impossible to describe it with words, really great pix around your
once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We also had a great time at ZRH this particular Wednesday, thanks to your preparations  Wink.

Thanx also for posting und
Viele Grüße,
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:56 pm

Awesome, stunning pics, and an incredible flight.....thank you for the trip report for those of us who have not experienced "Tante Ju"!
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:34 pm

What a great picture report! Thank you for sharing!

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
The only downside to taking so many pictures (nearly 200!) was that you lose some of the flying experience. I was so busy clicking away, yet should have perhaps just sat down and enjoyed the flight for what it was.

I have the same kind of problem, I take so many pictures, I never have the time to just enjoy.
Though, the pictures will last forever.
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:15 pm

Grüezzi!
Thank you so much for such a WONDERFUL and unique report. Your trip looked wonderful, and the photos are breathtaking. Does make me jealous as I was supposed to be spending 10 days at the beginning of August in Zürich and Davos, but at the last moment couldn't. Will have to get over to lovely Switzerland again soon!
Thanks!
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:06 am

Hi InfoDesk,

wonderful! No words can describe the beautiful mountain landscape of Switzerland. Never saw these from above that close! I must agree with you; this must be a once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for sharing with us  thumbsup 

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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:23 am

Sounds like a great flight. Lots of good pictures.

Enjoyed reading it as it is different from the usual reports on here.
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:59 pm

Wow, these pictures are incredible! Stunning, speechless.

I took a Ju52 flight back in 2005 with the LH one. And it was a very special flight to me I will never remember.

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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:58 pm

WOW ! My God ! We've here an AMAZING Trip Report !
And your pics were so excellent, i don't believe there is a window ! lol
Thanks again InfoDesk for this incredible TR !!!
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:17 pm

Hola Infodesk!

Thanks for sharing this so special TR.

The pictures and views you have posted make this TR as one of the most original ever.

Salut!

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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:38 pm

Breathtaking, just breathtaking! This is how you let pictures speak for themselves, thanks for the wonderful report and your effort to click away during the whole flight!

This somehow reminds me of our countless flights in and around the alps earlier this year during VFR flight training, a time i'll never forget, yet your trip looks even better than all of ours were combined.

Thanks again for the great pics!

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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:06 pm

Amazing trip report! VERY nice pictures !

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:20 pm

Very impressive! Gotta love those oldies.

I know all about missing the flight being busy with pictures, I had it on a DC-3 flight...
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:46 pm

Amazing, that is pretty much all I can say.
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:51 pm

WOW great TR!
I went to Switzerland in March and your pictures make me miss it so much!
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:29 pm

Fantastic and Amazing TR. Its almost a shame all flights cant be like that.

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 7):
I took a Ju52 flight back in 2005 with the LH one. And it was a very special flight to me I will never remember

Wilco; I think You mean to say that its a flight you will never forget  Silly
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:48 pm

Absolute Spitze !!
Many thanks for the ride and the outstanding pictures - and what a beauty she is !!!
Fortunately there are still enthusiasts who can repair and maintain those rare planes and the engines..Together with the Superconstellation and the Dakota/DC-3,the JU-52 will remain among the hottest ever produced aircraft.
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:55 pm

Hi Hannah,

great report of a really special flight - and beautiful pictures of the Ju 52 and the Swiss Alps.

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
All I say is that for those of you who haven't had a chance to fly with this incredible aircraft, do so whilst you can! It was a day I'll never forget.

I totally agree with this. My Ju-experience was three years ago on the only Lufthansa-operated Ju 52. It was a flight from STR to FRA and it was a unique experience, too, although the scenery couldn't compete with the one on your flight. Southern Germany simply isn't as impressive as the Swiss Alps...

Regards
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:11 pm

Fantastic trip report. Thanks for sharing. Really beautiful aircraft and gorgeous country! What a contrast to our stark desert  Sad

Wonder what were those climbers doing next to a burial site?! Any idea who's buried there?
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:46 pm

First of all thank you so somuch for
taking the time to read my report and for leaving such nice comments. I'm a bit overwhelmed by them all!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
So waited some time to follow your story. For sure, worth the time to wait .
But it´s impossible to describe it with words, really great pix around your
once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We also had a great time at ZRH this particular Wednesday, thanks to your preparations

HiMarkus, yes it
took me a while to get it online....choosing which pictures to post was the worst bit! What a pity that the Tante-Ju flights don't leave from Zurich, I could have waved to youon the terrace!  Wink

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 3):
I take so many pictures, I never have the time to just enjoy.
Though, the pictures will last forever.

So I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem!

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 4):
Does make me jealous as I was supposed to be spending 10 days at the beginning of August in Zürich and Davos, but at the last moment couldn't. Will have to get over to lovely Switzerland again soon!

Davos is one of my favourite places in Switzerland having spent many holidays there as a child. It's how I came to love the country so much. Hope you make it over soon!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5):
No words can describe the beautiful mountain landscape of Switzerland

hi Eric, thanks for your replz, verz true words indeed!

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 7):
I took a Ju52 flight back in 2005 with the LH one. And it was a very special flight to me

This too will be a day I will never forget. Who knows just how much longer these beautiful aircraft will be able to keep flying.....

Quoting Oneway (Reply 8):
And your pics were so excellent, i don't believe there is a window ! lol

You see, those are proper big windows, not like the tiny ones you get nowadays  Wink

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 9):
The pictures and views you have posted make this TR as one of the most original ever.

Roger, what a reallz nice thing to say. Thank you,I'm honoured

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 10):
This somehow reminds me of our countless flights in and around the alps earlier this year during VFR flight training, a time i'll never forget, yet your trip looks even better than all of ours were combined.

hi Sandro, hope all is well with you. I'm sure that you have experienced some amazing flights too and you will continue to in all the years to come. We were just incrediblz lucky to have such a perfect day for this incredible trip.

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 16):
Fortunately there are still enthusiasts who can repair and maintain those rare planes and the engines..Together with the Superconstellation and the Dakota/DC-3,the JU-52 will remain among the hottest ever produced aircraft.

Yes indeed. All of the crew at Ju-air are volunteers and in today's day and age not something to be taken for granted.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 17):
My Ju-experience was three years ago on the only Lufthansa-operated Ju 52. It was a flight from STR to FRA and it was a unique experience, too, although the scenery couldn't compete with the one on your flight. Southern Germany simply isn't as impressive as the Swiss Alps...

Hi Christoph
I read your report prior to our trip so that I knew what to expect and you too had good weather and lovely views. Although, yes, it's hard to beat the Alps....!

Quoting RJAF (Reply 18):
Wonder what were those climbers doing next to a burial site?! Any idea who's buried there?

I don't think it's a burial site. It's common to find crosses at the top of mountains and usually there is a book too where you write your name with the date. I certainly wouldn't fancy climbing arounf knowing there were dead people underneath me....

Once again thanks guys and happy flying!
Infodesk
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:20 pm



Quoting Infodesk (Reply 19):
taking the time to read my report and for leaving such nice comments.

It was a pleasure to need and only such nice comments could be left following such a unique TR with such beautiful photographs.

Quoting Infodesk (Reply 19):
Davos is one of my favourite places in Switzerland having spent many holidays there as a child. It's how I came to love the country so much

Similar to me... I was lucky enough to holiday there most winters for a week to 10 days (often around or over Christmas). It is also the source of the love I've developed for Switzerland. While I've ended up in France, I still dream of living or spending a lot of time there! Thanks again!
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Wed Sep 10, 2008 8:34 am

Absolutely fantastic, Hannah - definitely one of the best picture reports I have ever seen on a.net! What an experience to fly around so low in the Alps.

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
HB-HOT

An appropriate registrations for those who love these old planes. Btw - I really liked the blue engines with the (familiar) BMW sign.  thumbsup 

Quoting Infodesk (Thread starter):
Then the moment we were waiting for…out onto the tarmac (no security…!) to see this amazing aircraft, which is 69 years old.

...and some people complain about NWA's DC-9s...  Wink


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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:04 pm

Hi Hannah!

I am just VERY jealous. Flying on Tante Ju is a true sweet experience, which I would love to take once!
The scenery you have showed us made me think of a modelrailway, where you expect small Märklin, Roco or Fleischmann trains coming out a tunnel  Smile
It is just stunning!

btw. Is this JU-52 a original Junkers Ju52-3/m aircraft or a spanish built Hispano?

With jealous greetings from flat and soaked wet Holland  Smile
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RE: Ju-52 Over The Alps

Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:34 am



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
Absolutely fantastic, Hannah - definitely one of the best picture reports I have ever seen on a.net! What an experience to fly around so low in the Alps.

Thank you PlaneHunter for your kind words!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
An appropriate registrations for those who love these old planes. Btw - I really liked the blue engines with the (familiar) BMW sign.

....and most appropiate considering it was 30C that day!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 21):
and some people complain about NWA's DC-9s...

Funny that, I remember reading a trip report here about such a trip  Wink

Quoting DALCE (Reply 22):
am just VERY jealous. Flying on Tante Ju is a true sweet experience, which I would love to take once!

Maybe you have to take a trip to Zurich next summer and combine it with a Tante Ju flight!

Quoting DALCE (Reply 22):
btw. Is this JU-52 a original Junkers Ju52-3/m aircraft or a spanish built Hispano?

It's an original one. You might find the site www.airforcecenter.ch interesting, there's lots of information there

Quoting DALCE (Reply 22):
With jealous greetings from flat and soaked wet Holland

Believe me, it's just as wet and miserable here!

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 20):
Similar to me... I was lucky enough to holiday there most winters for a week to 10 days (often around or over Christmas). It is also the source of the love I've developed for Switzerland

Nice to hear of a similar story. I returned to Davos for the first time in a couple of years and it brought back so many childhood memories, it was a bit like going home......

Greetings
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