The Ju 52 was in production for over two decades from the early 1930s through the early 1950s, initially in Germany and subsequently in France and Spain during the post-war years. In total, over 4,800 of these aircraft were built, and many continued to be flown in regular service into the 1980s. Major airlines from all three of the countries featured in World Update VI flew the Ju 52: Lufthansa in Germany (which still owns one Ju 52 for special flights), Österreichische Luftverkehrs (Austrian Airlines) in Austria, and Swissair in Switzerland. Additionally, the Ju 52 was flown by operators on almost every corner of the Earth: Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific.
As of 2021, only five Ju 52s remain in airworthy condition, but many other surviving models are on display as static museum exhibits. The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has gone to great lengths to recreate the plane as authentically and accurately as possible. We scanned the entire aircraft with a high-resolution digital scanner to achieve an extremely high level of detail and accuracy. We were fortunate to have the support of Bernd Junkers, the grandson of Hugo, and also worked with an organization that preserves one of the last surviving examples of this famous plane. To ensure complete accuracy of the flight model, we consulted with one of the pilots who flew one of the last Ju 52s. We’re sure you will enjoy flying the first of our Local Legends, the Junkers Ju 52.