The RIMOWA Ju 52 lands at Wittman Regional Airport June 30.
Rod Hightower greets pilots Urs Nagel and Rudolf Rinderknecht after they landed the RIMOWA Ju 52 at Oshkosh on June 30.
The 1939 RIMOWA Junkers Ju 52 tri-motor airplane that will be on display at AirVenture in three weeks paid a short visit to Oshkosh just after noon on Saturday, June 30 - a planned waypoint on its journey across America to the West Coast. Dieter Morszeck, third-generation CEO of German fine luggage maker RIMOWA, was among a crew of four on the BMW radial-powered vintage airplane.
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, en route from St. Louis, approached Oshkosh at the same time and was able to provide an air-to-air "Welcome to Oshkosh" greeting to Morszeck, pilots Urs Nagel and Rudolf Rinderknecht, and Hans Hollenstien. Both airplanes landed on Runway 27 and taxied to EAA's Weeks Hangar.
RIMOWA's North America-bound journey - the 52's first visit to the continent - departed Cologne, Germany, on June 18, and flew the northern route across the Atlantic via England, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland. The aircraft entered North America in Iqaluit, Canada, flew to Maine and then Cleveland, Ohio, before lumbering on to Oshkosh. From here it traveled to La Crosse, Wisconsin, and at this writing was in Cody, Wyoming, bound for the Grand Canyon, then Los Angeles, before making the return flight east. Expected arrival back in Oshkosh is July 15, well ahead of AirVenture's July 23 opening day.
"We are in a big community, a big family," remarked pilot Urs Nagel. "Being part of this makes us proud. I always read in the magazine about Oshkosh. Never had a chance to see that. And it's perfect to be here."
During AirVenture, the Ju 52 is can be seen at a special display area just southeast of Phillips 66 Plaza. It will also participate in showcase flights on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A "Plane Talk" segment with broadcaster Jerry Burke is also scheduled for Monday morning on Phillips 66 Plaza.
Before departing on Saturday, June 30, the pilot received permission from the Oshkosh tower to do a touch-and-go at EAA's historic Pioneer Airport. See the video below.
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