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Junkers W 33, W 34 and K 43
Workhorse in Peace and War

21.6 x 27.9 cm, 272 pages, hard covers
Hundreds of photos, maps, tables and listings. Colour profiles. In English.
EAM Books May 2015

Helt slutsåld/Out of print





Junkers W 33, W 34 and K 43


Design and production - Aiming for more
Development of new types was a continuous process at the Junkers works and it made commercial sense to develop the successful single-engine F 13 further to meet the increasing demands for more power, capacity and range. Although originally intended for the transport of mail, the new aircraft soon became a true multi-role machine, achieving acclaim in both civil and military markets

Power play - Increased options for customers
Growing demand for improved performance of the single-engine aircraft shifted the focus on to the W 34, which was tested with no less than seven imported radial engines. Although more expensive, it offered customers faced with difficult and specialist operating conditions better climb performance and speed

Ramping up production - The Luftwaffe demands
Decentralisation of W 33 and W34 production to several designated manufacturers enabled Hermann Göring's new Reichsluftfahrtministerium to acquire large numbers of the versatile Junkers aircraft for the fledgling Luftwaffe

Atlantic Conquest - Against the prevailing windes
Three intrepid Germans left Berlin-Tempelhof on 26 March 1928 in a Junkers W 33 and headed for Baldonnel Aerodrome near Dublin, Ireland, on the first stage of a planned westward flight across the Atlantic to Mitchell Field, Long Island. It would turn out to be the first ever completed crossing from east to west. Others were not so lucky

German military might - Trained to perfection
Nazi Germany's ultimately failed war effort could not have been developed to a high level of proficiency without the large number of W 33 and W 34s, which were put to work on secret multi-role tests and experiments, and later led a major training programme for Luftwaffe pilots

Deutsche Luft Hansa
To follow...

Soviet Union Service - Aircraft for all seasons
Soviet aviation began with the little F 13 and Junkers maintained a grip on its further development with the robust and durable successors. Operating mostly in the extremely harsh northern and Far Eastern regions of this vast country, the W 33/W 34 proved itself equal to all conditions and demonstrated its efficacy as a true multi-role aircraft

Nordic Kingdom - No journey too far or too difficult
The vast, forested and sparsely populated Scandinavian country of Sweden has always relied heavily on air transport and Junkers aircraft were tailor-made for both civil and military operators

Finnishing School - Land of a thousand lakes
As at neighbouring Sweden, the W 34/K 43 became a useful addition to Finland's military inventory, proving its worth later in three wars against two different enemies. But, in spite of the Junkers F 13 having led the development of air transport in the country, local airline Aero O/Y never purchased its successor

Fjord Express - Connecting far-flung communities
Many isolated communities sheltering on Norway's rugged coastline of fjords and islands, stretching some 2,500km along the northern ocean were for long provided a lifeline by vessels of the famous Hurtigruten (swift route). But it was the modest W 34 which brought these communities closer to each other and the outside world

Southern Europe - Bruised by war
As the Civil War raged in Spain and war clouds gathered elsewhere in Europe, leading to World War Two, the Junkers W 34 and K 43 aircraft, whether bought or captured, were employed on a multitude of tasks, further proving their unique capabilities in a variety of military missions

Iranian Eagles - Bombs for the enemy, bread for your friends
When the fledgling Imperial Iranian Air Force and Army were battling on several fronts against insurgents seeking to destabilise the country, it was the fearless, if reluctant Junkers pilots who helped to put down the rebellions

China bound - An inspired alliance
In the Middle Kingdom, a country devoid of effective central government and riven by conflicts with local warlords and neighbouring Japan, it was German drive and determination and Junkers aircraft that pioneered air transport

Eastern Horizon - A clouded view
Successful operations in China and Iran were not emulated elsewhere in the east. A few Junkers aircraft reached Afghanistan, Japan and Mongolia, but almost by accident

Canadian Bush Flyers - Taming the wilderness
Bush flying in the vast and remote territories of Canada was gaining strength with the advancement of new aircraft, but it was the robust, all-metal Junkers W 33/W 34, which raised this sector of aviation to a higher level and set new standards in carrying capacity and reliability

Flight of the Condor - Swooping on Brazil
Germany made a determined push for control of South American aviation through the supply of equipment, management and technical expertise, as well as finance, with Junkers at the forefront. Brazil and Syndicato Condor were the strongest proponents for the establishment of transatlantic operations

Colombian Conquistadors - No mission impossible
Whether carrying passengers, cameras or bombs, Junkers single-engine aircraft acquitted themselves well under the most arduous topographical and meteorological conditions, faced with deep river valleys, impenetrable tropical jungle, great distances between centres of population, and hostile forces

Cordillera Challenge - Exceeding expectations
The land-locked country of Bolivia in the heart of South America, with its diverse topography ranging from the Altiplano to the eastern plains and Amazonian rainforests, and total absence of roads and railways, was an ideal candidate for air transport

Latin Penetration - Attempts at filling the gaps
Junkers had few problems getting his products into South American countries with a strong Germanic influence, such as Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia, but had less success elsewhere, Argentina being the only exception

Silver Birds - A small migration to Africa
Even though air transport on the Dark Continent had yet to become accepted as the way forward, some ten years after the end of the First World War, Junkers was able to penetrate deep into Africa, although large-scale success remained elusive

Last Frontier - A golden thread
The discovery of large deposits of gold in the Morobe Province of New Guinea provided the impetus for the development of air transport to serve the burgeoning goldfields. It was the robust all-metal Junkers aircraft, and especially the W 34, that opened up this inhospitable and largely unexplored territory

Technical data and drawings
Production list (VERY extensive!)
Preserved aircraft
Colour profiles