"It all started with the Junkers F13. It allowed us to explore new worlds and broaden our horizons.
It's time we brought her back. To scale new heights. To gain a new perspective.
There's a world ahead ..."
Dieter Morszeck, President & CEO of RIMOWA
The legend has grown new wings
During a formal celebration RIMOWA CEO and President Dieter Morszeck has revealed the RIMOWA F13 to the public during this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. „This is one of the most important days in my life“, Morszeck said in an emotional speech. The bird has not flown on its own wings yet but has travelled to Wisconsin in a custom made container especially designed for the F13.
Back in Europe
After having travelled a month through the United States and across the Atlantic Ocean from Baltimore/Maryland to the German port of Bremerhaven, „Annelise 2“ safely arrived back in Dübendorf/Switzerland in her container on a special truck. She will now be further equipped und thus be prepared for the upcoming extensive flight testing program starting in a couple of month.
F13 takes further steps
After having been unboxed the RIMOWA F13 is facing further steps towards completion. The aircraft will now be equipped with its fuel, electrical and avionic systems and the flight controls will be built in. Also, its empty mass and center of gravity will be determined. Meanwhile flight test engineers have begun to design and prepare the upcoming extensive testing program.
The F13 Book
This bilingual book with its fascinating photographs takes you on a journey from the origins of the original aircraft 100 years ago and its successors, right up to its replication and the upcoming official First Flight of the RIMOWA F13.
Official first flight of the Junkers F13 by RIMOWA
The project to bring back the Junkers F13 reached an eagerly awaited pinnacle on September 15th, 2016: the legendary official first flight of the replica took place in Dübendorf, Switzerland, almost 100 years after the launch of the ‘mother of all commercial aircraft’.
RIMOWA's JUNKERS F13 celebrates its premiere at the AERO
In April, the all-metal aircraft will be presented at the AERO in Friedrichshafen for the first time. The JUNKERS F13 rebuilt by RIMOWA will also be taking part in the anniversary airshow of the fair, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Facts & Figures
The most important specifications
of the new Junkers F13 at a glance
Even though the new Junkers F13 is the same as the original by Junkers to a large extent, several technical modifications were necessary in order to comply with modern flight safety standards. These modifications mainly affect the radial engine, the braked landing gear and an improved tail unit.
|BRAKING SYSTEM:||Redline T6 Conversion Kit|
|LANDING GEAR:||Reproduction of Junkers W34 with modifications|
|SHOCK ABSORBERS:||Reproduction of W34 Faudi suspension strut oil/air suspension|
|WHEELS:||North American T6|
|TAIL UNIT:||Symmetrical tail unit F13 ge/ W34, trim bar|
|PROPELLOR:||Hamilton Standard (ground adjustable)|
|THE NEW Junkers F13|
|Wing surface||430 ft2|
|Engine||Pratt & Whitney R-985 Mini Wasp 450 hp|
|Landing speed||61 kts|
|Cruise speed||95 kts|
|Maximum speed||118.8 kts|
|Stall Speed||46.5 kts|
|Service ceiling||12.000 ft|
|Empty weight||3.200 lbs|
|Gas consumption per hour||21.13 USG|
|Total no. of passengers||4|
|Cockpit Crew||1 pilot and 1 mechanic|
Behind the scenes
"I've finally been able
to make this dream a reality."
An interview with Dieter Morszeck, President & CEO of RIMOWA, about the complex reproduction of the F13.
What makes RIMOWA unique?
RIMOWA is a traditional German company, now managed by the third generation of owners, that specializes in premium luggage. Although my grandfather started out by manufacturing horse tack and only later switched to suitcases, two things have never changed: we create products that are made in Germany and our headquarter is based in Cologne. We have placed great importance on this fact since 1898, and we are proud of the quality of our suitcases, which are mostly manufactured by hand. These cases were still very large in the early twentieth century because people took practically everything from their home with them on journeys, but there was later a trend toward lighter luggage. A lightweight design was especially useful for air travel. In the year 2000 we caused a sensation by launching the first suitcase made of polycarbonate.
This revolutionized the entire luggage industry. We always make sure we use the best the market has to offer when it comes to the shells for our cases as well as individual parts such as wheels, locks, and handles. Only in this way can we offer our customers superior cases, which are also certified by TÜV, the German Technical Inspectorate.
What is special about the F13?
The F13 was the world's first all-metal passenger aircraft and represents a revolution in aviation. With the F13 in 1919, Hugo Junkers laid the foundation for the development of later planes made from duralumin. Many airlines were interested in the low-wing aircraft, which meant that it was soon produced in series.
Compared to previous forms of trans-portation like ships and trains, flying was much more comfortable and faster. This made it especially popular among tourists and business professionals.
Although the pilots were still exposed to the elements, the four passengers in the cabin could cover long distances quickly and in comfort. Hugo Junkers had made his dream come true by improving the transport links between countries. In this way, the F13 also symbolizes the pioneering, innovative spirit of an entrepreneur who remains a role model of mine to this day.
How do RIMOWA and Junkers fit together?
Both companies have roots in Germany and attach great importance to high quality. The special connection between RIMOWA and the Junkers F13 lies in the use of duralumin. A good 30 years after Hugo Junkers discovered the material for aviation, my father, Richard Morszeck, took the brave and decisive step of using the same material for suitcases to make them resistant to tropical conditions. Traveling became easier as a result of scheduled transatlantic flights, and people began to demand more from their luggage.
The Topas series protected personal belongings against termites and extreme heat. Like the aircraft, our suitcases have a grooved design – this has been a trademark of ours since 1950 and ensures a high level of recognition for our products.
The F13 was built to fly. This means it will not appear in a museum like other models, but take to the skies starting from next year.
Official First Flight
& First delivery
Site visit and flights
with the JUNKERS F13 in Dübendorf
For further information, test flights or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.