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Rimowa to Build Junkers F13 Replicas

By Ric Reynolds

July 22, 2015 - The German luggage maker Rimowa announced it will build a series of replica  Junkers F13s, the world’s first commercial airliner.

“It’s long been my ambition to rebuild the ‘mother’ of all commercial aircraft and I’m very happy that this will now become a reality,” said CEO Dieter Morszeck. “This plane has always fascinated me and I see there’s clearly a market for it.”

Rimowa created Rimowa Flugzeugwerke AG based in Dübendorf, Switzerland, to produce the airplanes. They will be priced at $2.2 million.

The RIMOWA F13 is a single engine, all-metal, low-wing aircraft with an open cockpit and a closed passenger cabin. It has a tail dragger undercarriage with brakes, is 11.5 feet high, 31.5 feet long and has a wingspan of 48.72 feet.

Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 Junior radial engine with 450 hp, it has a top speed of 97 knots, with an 86-knot cruise. With a 21 gph fuel burn, its range is 377 statute miles. Maximum takeoff weight is 4,407 pounds. It will be a daytime VFR plane designed for a maximum altitude of 4,000 meters (12,000’).

First test flights are expected in the spring of 2016.

The original Ju F13 was commissioned by German entrepreneur and aviation pioneer Hugo Junkers in 1919 as an all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane.

By 1933 more than 330 of these single-engine, duraluminium six-seaters were built at the Junkers factory in Dessau, Germany.

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