Four A 38s were built during 1931, all being powered initially by the 400 hp Siemens-built Bristol Jupiter nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine. This engine was uncowled featuring a large collector ring for the exhaust gases, and drove a two-bladed wooden airscrew. At a later date the aircraft were fitted with the Siemens Sh 20u air-cooled radial which developed 500 hp for takeoff. The modified version was known as the A 38b.
All four aircraft, D-2082 (c/n 109) Hessen, D-2107 (c/n 110) Lipper and D-2114 (c/n 111) Thüringen and the above pictured Bückeburg were delivered to Luft Hansa and used by the airline until 1933. A large number of services were flown by the A 38 including those between Berlin and Paris (via Leipzig), Berlin and Paris (via Cologne), Berlin and Berne, Berlin and Munich, Berlin and Vienna, Berlin and Oslo and Munich and Saarbrücken. By 1934, the aircraft had been replaced by the famous Ju 52/3m airliner.
Span: 65 ft 7.25 in (20.00 m)
Length: 50 ft 6.25 in (15.40 m)
Height: 17 ft 4.67 in (5.30 m)
Empty weight: 4,850 lb (2,200 kg)
Loaded weight: 9,700 lb (4,400 kg)
Max speed: 127 mph (204 kmh)
Service ceiling: 11,482 ft (3,500 m)
Range: 466 mls (750 km)