Junkers Ju 52/3mge W Nr 5670 6309
Ju52 of the Museum is one of the original aircraft procured from
Germany in 1937. In Portuguese service the aircraft received in a first
time the N° 109 and served with 2 night bombing squadron. The aircraft
was renumbered N° 209. During World War 2, she moved with her squadron
to the Azores.
the war, the aircraft was again renumbered 6309 and served from 1958 to
1961 at Ota. At an unknown date, she received the wings of Norwegian
origin Ju52. The aircraft was retired with other surviving Ju52’s at
Alverca. The aircraft was exchanged for an Alouette II and a Sikorsky
H19 and delivered by sea at Zeebrugge in 1985.
aircraft was transferred to the workshop of the Sabena Old timers with
the target to restore her to flying condition. The registration OO-AGU
was reserved for the aircraft (OO-AGU was the registration of one of
Ju52’s of the Sabena in the year thirties. The SOT started the
restoration by rebuilding the central engine and started a world wide
hunt for Ju52’s parts. They received some help from South Africa,
Canada and Germany but after years they stopped the works on the Ju52
when they concluded the aircraft needed new wings to be back airworthy.
Consequently, the aircraft stayed many years outside on the Zaventem
airport. Many members of the Friends of the Brussels Air Museum
deployed breathless efforts to find a restoration solution for the
1998, the team leaded by Jean Michotte (who restored the Bolingbroke
for the Brussels Museum) negotiated with both the Belgian Air Force and
the Museum to obtain the permission to transfer the aircraft to Brustem
air base and to continue the restoration operations. In 1999, most of
the fuselage was ready and a frantic race started to find missing parts
or build newer ones. For examples many panels of the wings were new
build from scratch using machine designed and built by the team to
press the corrugated aluminium typical to the Ju52 covering.
The Jean Michotte team succeed in attracting the support of medias and sponsors (for example the Junkers company).
June 2001, the miracle happened and the Ju52 was ready for transport to
the Museum she reached after a long and meticulously planned trip in
The aircraft is painted in the colour of a Ju52 as leaving the production plan in the years thirties.
Les opérations des Junkers 52 au Portugal by Antonio Mimoso e Carvalho and Luis Tavares in Avions 94 & 95
Trusty Tri-motor by John Strout in Air International / August 1974
Iron Annie From Dessau by Eric Brown in Air International / October 1975
Belgian Civil Ju52’s by Michel Suplis in Kit IPMS Belgium
Les Junkers 52/3 M de la Sabena by André Vanthemsche in Brussels Air Museum Magazine
Le Junkers 52 by Guy Viselé in Carnets de vol
Ju52 de Brustem by Yves Duwelz in Contact N°13 18 (see
L’aviation coloniale (1940-1941) by Jean-Pierre Sonck in Contact 18
JU-52 by Engenheiro Canongia Lopes in Mais Alto April/May 1999 & June July 1999