No. 2717. Junkers A 50 Junior
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Junkers A 50 Junior

06/30/2011. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The most successful single-engined Junkers sports aircraft was the A 50 that first flew February 13, 1929. It was a two-seat low wing monoplane of metal construction with oval fuselage cross-section, completely covered with corrugated duralumin and fitted with a wheel undercarriage, replaceable by floats. The basic A 50 was fitted with an 80 hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet engine and had straight wings, the subsequent versions also used the Genet or other 85 to 100 hp engines, and had foldable wings with a slight V-setting.

Contrary to all previous single-engined sports, courier and experimental aircraft, the A-50 was a well formed, almost beautiful aircraft. It proved its high performance on many occasions, for example, within two weeks in June 1930 Junkers company pilots established at Dessau-Leopoldshafen eight world records with an 80 hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet engined float version.

Nonetheless, sales remained far below company expectations, as only 40 to 50 were produced. Some 20 became somehow involved in the pre-military aviation (Germany still was not allowed to form an air force). Among the exporting countries were South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland and Japan.

Created June 18, 2003