The Junkers were the Prussian German-speaking aristocracy who controlled vast estates in what is now Eastern Europe. The story of that unhappy chapter of European history and how it got that way, is best to left to other writers on Medium.

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Junkers J 1. Photo by Peter Grosz

In this case, we are talking about a long line of innovative aircraft produced by an engineer named Hugo Junkers, whose original aircraft the J 1 was the world’s first flyable all-metal aircraft, and one of the fastest machines of its day in 1915. The firm went on to produce a limited number of other types during the Great War. Just after the war, a four-passenger monoplane designated the F-13 was produced, which has the distinction of being the world’s first all-metal airliner. The outer skin used duralumin, a copper-manganese-aluminum alloy. By using a corrugated structure the metal was strengthened further, reducing the need for rivets and making it easy to work with. …

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Suren Ratwatte

I love airplanes. As an airline captain I flew many including the A380 and Boeing 777. But wish I’d had the opportunity to fly some of these old propliners.

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