Before World War II, some deranged German scientists captured a Douglas DC-3 and a Ford Tri-Motor, locked them in a lab, and forced them to procreate.
The offspring was the Junkers Ju 52.
Junkers Ju 52.
(Okay, maybe that's not what happened, but that's what it looks like).
Of the 6,000 Ju 52s eventually built (3,000 pre-war + 3,000 post-war), only 8 remain flying today.
One of those is HB-HOT, a 1939 specimen originally built for the Swiss Army, and now sponsored by the German luggage manufacturer, Rimowa.
HB-HOT made her way to Oshkosh this year, marking the first transatlantic crossing by a Ju 52 in over 75 years.
I got to hop onboard for a few mins on Saturday and it was pretty awesome. I'll post more photos later.
On her way home, I was told HB-HOT will be stopping in White Plains for three days starting Monday.
I don't have a an arrival time, and not sure if FlightAware can be relied on to track her, but I'll update here if I get any info.
Ju 52 flight demo.