Armour Collection B11E312 German Junkers F-13 Transport - Lufthansa Air Lines (1:48 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
The Junkers F.13 (also known as the F-13, and developed under an engineering designation of J 13), was an all-metal German transport aircraft that first flew on June 25, 1919. It was the world's first all-light metal civilian plane, which was widely exported to many countries. Within Germany, the F-13 flew with a Junkers airline and later Lufthansa after a corporate merger. It saw active service until the 1940s. About 330 were built with many variants including different engines and a seaplane variant.
This particular limited edition 1:48 scale Junkers F-13 single-engine transport was flown by Lufthansa during the 1920s and 30s. Only 450 pieces produced.
Length: 8 inches
Wingspan: 12 inches
Release Date: October 2007
Historical Account: "Die Welt" - Deutsche Lufthansa AG is the largest German airline, and the second-largest in Europe (behind Air France-KLM, but before British Airways). The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for "air"), and Hansa (after Hanseatic League, the powerful medieval trading group).
The company was founded on January 6th, 1926 in Berlin, following a merger between
Deutsche Aero Lloyd (DAL) and Junkers Luftverkehr. The company's original full name was Deutsche Luft Hansa Aktiengesellschaft, Lufthansa in one word was used since 1933. On December 9th, 1927, Deutsche Luft Hansa on behalf of German government, established a general agreement with the Spanish government authorizing an air service between both countries. This included an initial capital investment to establish an air company that would eventually become Iberia.
In the years prior to World War II, the company developed into one of the world's leading airlines, pioneering routes to the Far East and across the North and South Atlantic, using a large fleet of mostly Dornier, Junkers, Heinkel, Focke-Wulf and other German-designed aircraft. After the outbreak of war in 1939, Lufthansa was only able to maintain service to neutral countries, and suspended service following Germany's defeat in 1945.
Lufthansa was recreated on January 6th, 1953 as
Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag) and was renamed to Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft on August 6th, 1954.