There are a number of cowl designs used on the Swiss/Dornier Jungmann that were converted to Lycoming power. Pilatus, Max Daetwyler and APM all contributed to these conversions. Some aircraft also received new wings with a semi-symetrical airfoil, and some of those received a higher turtle-deck, Jungmeister style. ("Fascination Bücker" explains the history and design of these aircraft in detail starting on page 124.) The APM cowl is a particularly clever design that has intrigued Brian Karli:
I have always liked the look of the Swiss APM cowling and often wondered where you could get one. Fearing they were long out of production, I emailed Albert Zeller who steered me in the proper direction. It seems the molds are alive and well at MSW Aviation in Switzerland. Hermann Diebold was kind enough to telephone them on my behalf. He found out that MSW will gladly make you a new APM cowl using carbon fiber.
Here are some pictures of my new cowl being produced.
The cowl is made of three layers of 240g/M^2 woven carbon fibre and incorporates several strengthening layers on the most stressed spots. It is delivered ready for paint and weighs 5.1 kg.
MSW Aviation also makes the engine mount, baffling and airbox for the APM conversion.
If anyone wants this style of cowl, contact MSW Aviation at:
Some time ago there was an item here on the Bucker pages featuring a company called Gaskets to Go. Well, I used their service to make replacement leather covers for Bucker bearings. I could not have been more pleased with their work. The price was very reasonable and the turn around time wasn't bad either.
Basically, you give them a drawing or some dimensions and they go to work. For the leather covers, you use:
Material - Leather
OD - 19 mm
ID - 10.25 mm
Thickness - 1.2 - 1.5 mm
Here is a picture showing the old, greasy covers and the new ones from Gaskets to Go.
Gaskets-To-Go® is a custom gasket manufacturer, with NO tooling or set-up charges and NO minimum order size for most gaskets, and FREE on-line quotations. No order is too small! We can also help you with your molded/extruded rubber and spring & small fastener requirements.
Looks like the August edition is going to be a winner!
Tom Muller's CASA Jungmann suffered an axle failure last year. It has been professionally and expertly repaired and is now ready to be covered.
The aircraft has new modern axles and brakes (also have original wheels and brakes) and fresh epoxy coating on fuselage as well as tail surfaces, struts, flying wires etc.
The asking price for the project is $45,000
A number of firewall forward choices are available.
- A Lycoming O320 ~150 hrs SMOH (bumped up by Lycon to ~180+ hp with 4:1 exhaust, Ellison TBI etc) for $27k
- A Lycoming O320 150 hp core FWF for $12k
- Or Tigre - core- most FWF for Tigre at $8k
Duncan Robertson in the UK has been working with the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) to gain approval for the Krybus/Hickman Lycoming conversion. Happily the LAA are being particularly helpful and have suggested that approval may be granted on the basis of "satisfactory in-service experience."
To achieve this Duncan needs to compile a credible database of conversions, time in service and any issues that have been observed with the conversion.
With any luck this will make the conversion available for anyone in the UK to use.
B & F Technik have just delivered another FK131 lightweight Jungmann replica and have another near completion.
Check thier Facebook page here for pictures and details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BF-Technik-Vertriebs-GmbH/160172984041139?ref=hl
Hermann Diebold recently got to fly this Jungmeister for the first time after a year-long rebuild of its Siemens engine.
Hermann reports that it was worth the wait. "It was my turn untill almost dark. It was one of the nicest flights I ever had in a Bücker."
Klaus Rieger will be at the Albstadt-Degerfeld fly-in where he will present a talk on his book and tell the full story how he created it. It will be a fascinating session, no doubt!
It is a little strange that when a used copy of "Die Bücker Flugzeuge" comes up for sale, there is typically a feeding frenzy and it will change hands for several hundred US$, but Fascination Bücker has sold only in modest quantities at a far lower price. Perhaps we became so used to news of its imminent arrival that we scarcely noticed when it finally did, or perhaps it was the thought of typing a credit card number into a German language private website that caused people to be cautious. - The shipping charges are also a little steep.
It really is a fabulous book (see my review here: http://sbeaver.com/Bucker/index.php/component/content/article/74-news/latest/833-fascination ) and a book that anyone interested in vintage aviation should own.
There will be a number of US Bücker owners at Degerfeld who will have the opportunity to talk to Klaus and to pick up a copy of the book. If you would like one, let me know. I would be happy to carry a few back and save you the international part of the shipping.
Bucker Prado would like you to see their new Facebook page (created by Jesus Ballester's grandson)
To all Bücker Enthusiasts
We are starting the revival of the legendary Bücker fly-ins that took place in the 1980s at Albstadt-Degerfeld airfield. This year several Jungmeisters from private collections changed ownership and are back in the air. Therefore we would like as many Jungmeisters as possible to join the Jungmanns and Bestmanns and we invite all Jungmeister owners to come and show us their wonderful planes. We also invite all international Bücker enthusiasts to join us, even if they cannot come with their airplanes because they live too far away or on other continents. Degerfeld is located only 50 miles south from Stuttgart airport.
Arrival of Bückers may start on on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we will enjoy flying our planes. Together, solo, formations, whatever we feel like.
The Degerfeld aero club offers us to use all hangar space and the infrastructure of the field. About 30 Bückers can be hangared over night. I will make hotel reservations nearby at reasonable cost, we also will organize transfer to the hotels. The field offers camp grounds and facilities for those who don`t want to use a hotel room.The restaurant at the airfield will be reserved for us and will offer food and drinks all weekend. It has a wonderful beer garden if weather cooperates. After flying we can use a projector and speakers for all kind of presentations so we can share pictures, videos or watch Bücker movies.
I believe that some of the participants of the 1980 fly-ins will join us even if they cannot come with their own planes any more. Those gentlemen are pioneers from flying times when military offered their Bücker trainers to Aero-Clubs or private parties. They all have great stories to tell. I want to encourage all of you to send me stories on paper, by email, videos, CDs or any other stuff that you would like to share with the Bücker community. Data, facts, technical documents, anything that is interesting for Bücker owners and pilots. Everybody is welcome to present Bücker material during our fly-in.
Klaus-Jochen Rieger is now very close to publish a new Bücker book that he created following the legendary book „Die Bücker Flugzeuge" by Erwin König. He will certainly join us and tell us about the immense work he did to put this great new book together.
Artur Düsterhöft of the Bavarian-Bücker-Formation-Flyers will present stories about their travels to the East and far North of Europe in their Bücker planes.
Please let me know soonest whether you will join our Bücker fly-in andlet me know how many persons will join and whether you want me to take care of the hotel arrangement for you.
We are looking forward to welcome you and we hope that we will have the chance to exchange a lot of Bücker stories, experiences and expertise about our great Bücker airplanes.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Hermann Diebold + Jürgen Hüfner for LSV Degerfeld
work fax: +49-7477-871-53
Mailing address: Hermann Diebold, Konstantin-Killmaier-Weg 19, D-72379 Hechingen, Germany
jetzt steht es fest, wir machen unser lang angekündigtes Bückertreffen
am Degerfeld im Geiste der legendären Treffen der 80er Jahre als sich bis zu 50 Bücker am Flugplatz getroffen hatten. Im Mittelpunkt soll dieses Mal die 133er Jungmeister stehen.
In 2013 haben mehrere flugfähige Maschinen aus privaten Sammlungen neue Besitzer gefunden. Es wäre schön wenn möglichst viele 133er zu unserem Treffen kämen.
Anreise ist schon am Freitag möglich. Wir machen ein fly-in ohne offiziellen Flugtagcharakter. Dadurch brauchen wir keine Sicherheitseinrichtungen wie Absperrungen oder Feuerwehr und auch keine Zulassung durch das Regierungspräsidium. Wir können also vor allem frei fliegen wie`s uns gefällt, alleine, zusammen, Formationen einfach alles was uns Spaß macht.
Der Verein stellt uns die Infrastruktur des Flugplatzes zur Verfügung, für die Unterstellung der Bücker Flugzeuge stehen uns alle Hallenplätze zur Verfügung, so dass die meisten Bücker Flugzeuge (ca. 30) einen trockenen Unterschlupf finden werden. Übernachtungen sind in der näheren Umgebung in Hotels verschiedener Preisklassen möglich, der Transfer wird von uns organisiert. Die Hotelreservierung mache ich für Euch. Es könnte allerdings sein dass diese Übernachtungen bezahlt werden müssen falls Personen die reserviert haben, nicht kommen können und die Hotels die Zimmer anderweitig verkaufen könnten. Albstadt ist sehr aktiv mit Rad-Events und es könnte uns an diesem Wochenende treffen. Camping am Platz ist ebenfalls möglich.
Die Flugplatzgaststätte steht uns die ganze Zeit zur Verfügung, dort können wir uns mit Essen und Getränken verwöhnen lassen, die Gartenwirtschaft mit Blick auf den Flugplatz ist wunderschön, vor allem wenn das Wetter passt. Am Abend können wir mit Beamer, Leinwand und Lautsprecheranlage alles präsentieren was wir einander mitteilen wollen.
Von den Teilnehmern der Treffen der 80er Jahre werden wohl einige nochmals zu uns kommen, sicher nicht mehr in der eigenen Maschine aber sehr wohl als heute noch begeisterte Pioniere der Bücker Fliegerei der damaligen Zeit. Zusammen mit ihnen wollen wir deren Zeit wieder aufleben lassen und natürlich die Szenen von damals wieder in Erinnerung rufen.
Am Degerfeld ist die Bücker D-EFMH stationiert die früher dem Sänger Reinhard Mey gehört hat. Ich werde Reinhard Mey zu unserem Treffen einladen und hoffen dass er vielleicht zu uns kommen wird.
Ich möchte Euch auffordern mir Geschichten zuzusenden über Eure Bücker Erlebnisse die Ihr mit anderen Bücker Fliegern austauschen möchtet. Daten, Fakten, Bilder, Berichte, alles was interessant ist wird dann auf DVD zusammenfassen und an interessierte Teilnehmer des Bücker Treffens ausgehändigt. Wer interessante Geschichten hat und diese persönlich präsentieren möchte ist herzlich dazu eingeladen.
Klaus-Jochen Rieger bringt in Kürze sein neues Bücker-Buch heraus das er in der Nachfolge zum legendären Buch „Die Bücker Flugzeuge" von Erwin König verfasst hat. Er wird sicher kommen und über seine mühevolle Arbeit erzählen die zur Herausgabe seines Buches geführt hat. Artur Düsterhöft hat schon zugesagt über die spannenden Bücker Ausflüge mit seinen Kollegen nach Osten und in den hohen Norden zu berichten.
Bitte gebt mir möglichst bald eine Rückmeldung an untenstehende Adressen ob Ihr zum Bücker Treffen kommen werdet. Bitte nennt mir auch die Anzahl Besatzungsmitglieder und ob Ihr eine Hotelunterkunft benötigt. Wir freuen uns auf Euer Kommen und gute Gespräche, Austausch von Erfahrungen und viel Spaß bei uns mit Euren tollen Bücker Flugzeugen.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Hermann Diebold + Jürgen Hüfner für den LSV Degerfeld
tagsüber fax: +49-7477-871-53
Post: Hermann Diebold, Konstantin-Killmaier-Weg 19, D-72379 Hechingen
I have a long CASA 1131 parts list for sale.
A list with pictures can be downloaded here: CASA-1131-spares-for-sale.docx
Clemente Ros Martínez
here is a link to some of my photos taken at another excellent Bucker fly-in last weekend. Thanks as ever to the guys at Gillespie for putting on such a fun event. Feel free to pass on the link to anyone interested.
Zak Clement in the cockpit, with Jerry Wells.
Not everyone gets their tail-wheel endorsement from a Bücker airshow pilot!
Gilles has some fun over south central France.
I am looking for a Siemens Sh14 engine, engine parts or accessories (hand crank starter unit, magnetos, fuel/oil filters etc.) – any condition considered.
Also looking for a serviceable Bosch SSH series ignition switch (FL 21109 or FL 21110).
I am looking for an Sh14 that is unlikely to fly again; I am helping out a museum with a Fw44 restoration (providing unusable parts left over from my project, drawings etc.) and the aircraft will only be a static exhibit, so any condition is likely to fit the bill.
I would be happy to arrange collection. Please email me with details.
Tel: +44 1347 825215
The San Diego fly in is just a week away. The weather forecast is excellent (as usual) and Jim White's newly completed Jungmann is sure to draw a crowd.
Everyone in San Diego is looking forward to seeing our friends from all over the world in San Diego in June.
Thanks to Nigel Hitchman for the great picture taken on a fine afternoon on Jan 1. That's John Hickman in U-79, Me in Steve Craig's U-51 and Glen Cruz in my airplane. Picture taken from Dave Stillinger's front seat.
From Don Vance comes this saddest of news:
This is a message that is hard to send. Our friend Mira Slovak passed away yesterday morning at 7:47 AM at his home in Fallbrook, California. He was undergoing treatment for stomach cancer. As you know, Mira and I were like brothers since 1972. Although I will miss him greatly, I am glad he is no longer suffering. Mira specified that there be no services and that he be cremated and buried at sea. He also specified that he be buried in the warm Pacific ocean rather than the cold Atlantic ocean that he spent so many hours trying to avoid while flying over it. It is our ironic that the time of his death was 7:47. The Boeing 747 was Mira's favorite transport aircraft while flying as a Captain for Continental airlines.
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Many congratulations to Larry Ernewein who was announced as the winner of the Sportsman category in today's IAC chapter 34 "Ohio Aerobatic Open" contest.
More here: https://www.facebook.com/IAC34
Larry flew his beautiful Tigre Jungmann C-FLAE and beat two Pitts S1 and a Staudacher S600F amongst others.
I just put the wings on the Jungmann yesterday but I can't complete the rigging because I have several swivels missing. I don't know how I overlooked that!
- 1 number 6 swivel for the rear flying wire.
- 1 number 5 swivel for the front flying wire
- 1 number 1 swivel for the aileron interconnect wire.
- 6 number 2 swivel for the in between struts wire.
In my never-ending search for Luftwaif, I came across these photos! Here is the story:
Yesterday, my friend John Gaertner emailed me a picture asking "is this the first Bucker in the USA?" When I saw the unmistakable hump of the modified Jungmann, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was Luftwaif! "Where did you get those?" I asked him.
In the mean time, Gordon Clement saw the same photo. It was posted by Gil Halpin under the "Stunt Pilots and Airshow Greats" group in Facebook.
I immediately contacted Gil and asked him where he obtained the photos. He said: "... I picked these photos up about 2 years ago from an estate sale in Atlanta sight un-seen.The estate sale was from Johnny Dorr's family and was described as a box full of small black and white aircraft photos, which I assumed was going to be just photos of Johnnys Stearman etc...Low and behold these were included."
Johnny was a famous crop duster and airshow pilot in the 1950s. He owned Merigold Flying Service in Merigold, Mississippi with his wife Dot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeEqoxxSFk0
Undoubtedly, Johnny knew Dallas Sherman and Luftwaif.
Johnny is gone now and Dot passed away in 2012. My next step is to see if there are any other relatives who may know the whereabouts of Luftwaif. Until then, enjoy these rare photographs of the first Jungmann to come to the USA.
Jerry Petro recently attended an open day at the Norfolk Military Aviation Museum where the Jungmeister was on display.
This is a Dornier built Bu133C although currently painted in German colors from 1936.
More of Jerry's pictures, please visit the Jungmeister album in the picture gallery here.
Barry Rowlette ordered some new wings from Air-Res for a very reasonable price. The wings were masterfully built and even the shipping crate was well crafted. Barry said this:
I believe everyone involved with Bucker aircraft should be aware of the quality product produced by Air Res Aviation.
Everyone that has seen the wings has been impressed with the quality of workmanship. The gentleman I dealt with, Radek Bochenski, kept me informed throughout and was helpful in getting them shipped and through customs.
Anyone needing a Jungmann component should certainly consider Air Res. I highly recommend them.
I'm glad to hear this news. The parts I have ordered from Air-Res last year were of similar quality although not as large as a set of wings!
You can view some more pictures of the wings in the picture gallery by clicking here.
The second aircraft produced by Air Res had its test flight last week and then flew to Germany, piloted by lucky owner Stephan “Stritz” Stritter.
At the beginning of April, we exhibited the aircraft during the Messe Aero’14 in Friedrichshafen. There were a lot of visitors interested in this flying legend used as a trainer in German Luftwaffe. Every day we heard words: “the most beautiful aircraft at exhibition”.
When we came back to Poland, we were preparing everything for test flight which was on 29th April. The next day was the day for Stephan to get introduction and do some trainings in the air. After that, he was ready to fly to Germany on 1st May.
You can follow our production on facebook group:
There is also a possibility to fly this aircraft. For more information please visit the website:
The springs in our landing gear legs can get old and tired. Combine this with the installation of a heavier engine, and perhaps a heavier prop and it is no wonder that ground handling starts to suffer. Several people have replicated the springs. Sometimes the replicas worked well, while other times they looked promising only to sag after a few months. Not all landing gear legs are exactly the same either. Spanish/Czech & German are of slightly different dimensions. I suppose that expecting the original springs to work correctly in 2014 is like expecting a piano to remain in tune for 75 years :)
Gilles Tatry has taken a completely different approach and has kindly shared this story about his efforts to date. Gilles emphasizes that this project is not yet complete. There is still much work to do and it may, or may not lead to the availability of a retrofit kit at some time in the future.
As usual, a part of my Jungmann winter care has been dedicated to the landing gear. We all know that this component is one of the main objects of care, and sometimes sources of concern, of our beloved aircraft.
Usually the springs subside and the gear lowers with time and landings, and some length of spacers must be added to get back to the original ground attitude. Some Jungmanns stand high, some stand low. The attitude also leads to very different ground behavior as wheel toe-in is directly linked to the gear height. Hangar handling may become difficult, if not impossible for a single person. The tires may wear incredibly quickly, idle power may become insufficient for taxi, and, worse, landing may become much touchier, especially on paved runways.
Fine adjustment of the gear height is essential, and the only way to do it is changing the springs or adding spacers. This requires the landing gear to be taken apart, which may lead to paint or covering damage. Once removed, putting the axles again in position is painful if the holes are not perfectly aligned, which is common on CASA aircraft.
Moreover, the springs often rub against the internal rod, the housing or both. The movement sometimes is not free, and even painfully noisy. Sometimes the guide bushings get play, sometimes (often!) the seals leak... The landing gear easily hits bottom: it may damage the fittings which, with time, may break.
When I was making spacers on a lathe, a friend of mine, expert in race cars and motorcycles tuning, told me "Why the hell don't you ask Fournales to replace your f..g springs by gas struts?"...
Jean-Pierre Fournales had been in charge of designing the Concorde landing gear struts then imagined miniaturizing their design to benefit the highly demanding suspensions of motocross bikes, his passion at this time. Since then he has become famous as an eclectic expert of very high-tech oleo-pneumatic shock absorbers in the world of car and motorcycle racing, mountain bike, cars, trucks, RVs, ATVs, aeronautics, industry, medical equipment and even prosthesis: www.fournales.fr
As a matter of fact, my glider club tow aircraft, fitted with three Fournales shock absorbers, has endured tens of thousands of repeated landings on our bumpy grass runway for many years, with absolutely zero maintenance. Not a leak, not even once a need to readjust pressure. I calculated that such a number of landings would mean flying my Jungmann for about 500 years, which made me quite confident with Fournales technology standards.
Jean-Pierre Fournales was at first not very enthusiastic as obviously my request would be more of a burden than a money-maker for his enterprise. But he eventually got highly motivated by the technological challenge and made the calculations and drawings.
My specifications were:
- Fully reversible and invisible modification
- No subsidence, no leak, no play, no friction, no noise.
- Height and spring rate easily adjustable.
- Damping law optimized to prevent bounces at landing and improving ground behavior.
- No bottoming out.
- No maintenance.
- Less weight.
The result was very clever: Jean-Pierre Fournales redesigned the whole gear leg as an oleo-pneumatic strut itself. The steel spring was just replaced by a volume of air acting as a gas spring. The only modification to original parts is to chromium-plate the sliding part of the leg, to allow the use of high-technology, high-pressure dynamic seals.
The bronze guiding parts were replaced by new ones made of aeronautical 7075 alloy, light and strong. Both are fitted with up-to-date high-tech seals and sliding strips, sustaining high loads with low friction.
The sliding one, screwed at the upper tip of the sliding leg, is also a piston which compresses air inside the upper part of the leg. It is fitted with a valve which allows oil through when the gear is compressed, but restricts oil flow to control bounce tendency when the gear extends.
The leg-to-fuselage fitting has been removed with its plunger rod. A new one made of 7075 replaces it. It is fitted with a seal which makes the leg perfectly airtight and a rod which adjusts the volume of air available for compression. The volume of air acting as a spring is adjusted to get a non-linear, progressive spring rate: flexible and comfortable at the beginning, then getting stiffer at the end of the stroke, which ends on rubber as the tip of the rod is fitted with a 30mm elastomer bumper: not only any metal-to-metal bottoming is suppressed, but it also allows one to fly back home in the event of a deflated leg on one or both sides - just in case.
The rod tip is also equipped with a series of check-valves, to provide damping for small gear movements (for better ground stability) but allow full range energy absorption in case of hard landing (like De Carbon desert raid schock absorbers)
The special oil is let in by the original oil neck, the plug of which is replaced by a new one with a tiny invisible air valve inside, and a pressure sealing washer. The only one clue of any gear modification is a hardly visible 1 mm hole drilled in the center of the plug to allow a needle through the valve for pumping air in, for height and spring rate adjustment.
I weighed the removed parts, and those which replace them: the added parts weight is 25% of the removed parts one, and the saved weight is more than 3 kg, or 7 lb. "Cerise sur le gâteau!" (Cherry on the cake)
I just began a test period and the first results seem good: very comfortable and stable on rough grass, the Jungmann keeps almost level during high-speed steep turns. No more bottoming on bumpy grass except the tail wheel (to be modified by Jean-pierre Fournales next winter?)
At this time, we are wondering if it would be possible to produce a kit which would fit any Jungmann, as not two of them are exactly similar: even my right and left landing gear legs have slightly different dimensions!
I will keep you informed...
Three copies of this famous book are being offered for sale through Amazon-Germany. The cost of €167 + shipping is roughly equivalent to $ 250 US
An international correspondent has reported that, anxious to show that even today Britannia rules the waves, intrepid airman Sir Peter Cunniff OBE, DSO has set off from Dover on his way to the Albstadt-Degerfeld fly-in.
Sir Peter was quoted as saying "The route across France is peppered with dangerous amounts of vin rouge, fromage et Mademoiselles. One can never be too careful, or allow too much time, what?"
If he is able to overcome these en-route hazards, the flying aristocrat should arrive in time for the official start of the fly-in on Sept 13th. You will find details of the event here.
If you would like to join Sir Peter, and enjoy the singular honor of shaking his hand, contact:
Hermann Diebold + Jürgen Hüfner for LSV Degerfeld
work fax: +49-7477-871-53
It seems as if the only nice weather was directly over Atlanta for the 2014 BU & BBQ. Six Bückers were there and an equal number of Bückers were stuck trying to get there. It was a very successful event and everyone had a good time.
Friday afternoon, I lamented about the turn out. Steve Beaver was stuck in Ohio because of the awful winds. Len Elmendorf couldn't leave Florida because of the stalled stationary front. The north eastern US had several days of torrential rain turning the grass runways into quagmires. That grounded the Buckers of Vasile, Stringer and Wells. It was a disappointing afternoon until Gordon Clement summed it all up.
"It's about the people..." he said.
Yes, he was right. Even though their planes were grounded, the above mentioned Bücker stalwarts drove to the event. It was great to see several other longtime Bücker folks like Jim White, Holly and Talmadge Scott and Sonny Nivens. I met some new Bücker people too. Gilles and Axel Tatry came all the way from Toulouse France to join us.
Gordon was right. It was about the people.
Flying into the event was Tom Muller in his blue Jungmeister, John Downing in his Swiss Jungmann, Steve Hawley from South Carolina and Robert Johnston from Sylvania, GA. I was fortunate to hitch a ride with Ed Eldridge in his Jungmann since mine is down for recover. Even former Bücker Bestmann owner Richard Epton showed up with his Gull-Wing Stinson. Ed and Kyle Campbell flew from Pittsburgh in their Piper Cherokee 140 with pictures of their Jungmann restoration.
We were fortunate to have airshow pilot, aerobatic instructor and all around great guy Greg Koontz join us for the weekend. Greg grew up around some of the Bücker greats like Jim Moser and actually flew Moser's N1947G when he was in his early twenties. Gordon Clement recognized the tinge of nostalgia in Greg's eyes and said, "Hey, you want to fly it again?"
We were treated to a beautiful aerobatic routine between two old friends. It was magical.
Our weather was spectacular. The food was good. The hospitality was even better. A special thank you to Mary and Gordon Clement for allowing us to invade their airport.
There are more pictures in the picture gallery here. See you next year.
The Josef Bitz company offers for sale a newly manufactured exhaust system for the Siemens Sh14 as used on the Jungmeister.
This system was manufactured to order for a customer, but there was a miscommunication over the details. Swiss/Dornier Bu133 were fitted with an exhaust system that includes an oil pre-heater for use when flying in the cold Swiss mountains. This heater was not installed on the FW Stieglitz (not even those operated in Finland), nor on Jungmeisters manufactured in Germany or Spain.
The exhaust offered for sale does not include the heater as the original customer had expected.
It is made from stainless steel 1.4841 - this material has a long therm heat resistance of 1200°C - and it was welded by a licensed aircraft welder.
The price for all parts in the picture: EUR 6.600,00 the shipment-cost by airplane and all expenses were approx. EUR 600,00.
I may be busy for the next several hours
Brian Karli said that the book exceeded his expectations, and that his expectations were high. I feel the same way. The book is remarkable.
Imagine the dual language anniversary edition of Erwin König's "Die Bücker Flugzeugbau" but with about twice the content. Like the König book, Fascination Bücker divides most pages into two columns. One German, the other in English. The translation (at least my impression of the English) is near perfect, the voice being that of a modern textbook.
Also like König, the authors have divided the book into sections detailing each model of Bücker, but the sections are larger, more detailed and feature many high resolution pictures. In this type of book one often comes across the same old pictures seen elsewhere but this is definitely not the case in "Fascination." Of the several hundred pictures in the book, I recognized only a handful of historical pictures that I had seen elsewhere.
There are a number of areas in which "Fascination" goes far beyond previous books on the subject. I learned many facts about Carl Bücker's life and history, and about the early days of Bücker production that were new to me, (for example, the Luftwaffe initially refused to consider Bücker aircraft because they considered them to have been financed with foreign money) I also very much enjoyed the sections that describe the ways that Bückers are operated and revered today. "The Bücker Scene" chapter is very well done.
As you read through the book you will find mention of many friends and acquaintances, and it is wonderful to see these people recognized for their contribution to to our lives and interest. I particularly enjoyed seeing Joe Krybus, Frank Price, Mike Meloche, Mira Slovak and "The Forge at Teufen" (Albert Zeller et al) covered so sympathetically.
160 of the 500 pages form the appendices. Exhaustive lists of competition results, manufacturing records, aircraft serial numbers, a glossary of terms and more are provided. A remarkably thorough list.
Although I have compared the book to those that came before it, it is much more than simply an expansion of those. The production quality is extremely high, the pictures are fascinating, the text is informative and interesting, and the technical details exhaustive.
I found a couple of minor typographical errors, but they are trivial. I suppose that writing a book is something like making an oil painting; at some point you have to decide when it is done! I think that Klaus-Jochen & Christoph stopped at the right time. As Charlie Miller has suggested, "Fascination Bücker" is an example of what happens when someone decides to go beyond what is merely acceptable, and to make something that is simply the very best that they can do.
The authors ask that we continue to contribute pictures and information so that their library can continue to expand. Perhaps there will be a second edition one day. Should that happen, it would be good to see even more about how Bücker aircraft came into the modern world. Jesus Ballester, Marcus Bates, Charlie Miller and Jose Martin for example, all deserve recognition. An index would also be a welcome addition.
Thank you Klaus-Jochen & Christoph. Fans of these wonderful aircraft will be for ever in your debt.
If you haven't ordered a copy yet - what are you thinking? Get that credit card out right now and surf over to http://www.meinfachverlag.de/Shop/index.php?id_lang=1
And if you would like to watch an expert land a Jungmann, check out this one: http://vimeo.com/12779077
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Was in the perfect spot for a picture but with no camera. Had to wait a week for the weather to clear to go back for this shot. - Len
I had a chance to visit Speyer Germany ( very nice town on the Rhine with an excellent cathedral and Tech museum ) and see Peter Funks skunkworks located at the airport where this FK Jungmann was undergoing final inspections prior to delivery to its new European owner.
Unfortunately I couldn't fly this one but I was very impressed with the fit and finish and quality of the work! I did speak with Peter's test pilot at Aero who has flown stock Jungmann and he feels the new production models flight qualities are excellent and the same as the other Jungmann he has flown. Hope to fly one in the near future and can fill you in on more exciting details at the Bucker flyin next weekend.
Update: I received an email from Frau Griener with details of the Jungmeisters they produced. See below.
From Frau Gertrude Griener by way of Tom Muller comes this picture, taken in about 1968 or 1969. From left to right are Josef Bitz, Jack Canary, and Carl Bücker.
At that time, Jack Canary intended to restart the production of Jungmeisters for sale in the United States. The construction was to take place at the Josef Bitz company in Augsburg under Carl Bücker's guidance. Several aircraft were produced but the project came to an end after Jack Canary's untimely death. (Jack was flying a BT13 to Long Beach, California when it caught fire in the air. It was on its way to be modified for the filming of the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!")
All the Jungmeisters were Bu133 D1 models. 3 complete aircraft were built with Siemens Sh14 engines, one airframe was delivered to Wolf Hirth in Nabern where a Franklin engine was installed (This aircraft is now owned by Dr. Andres Katz) a further complete Jungmeister with an Sh14 was sold in Germany, and finally 6 fuselages were produced for Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. (The Jungmeister that David Martin flies is a Josef Bitz aircraft.)
You can learn all about the project by downloading the document "a classic jungmeister.pdf" in the Charlie Miller section of the Downloads page.
Thank you to Frau Griener and Tom.
Air-Britain, the world's leading aviation historians and enthusiasts association will be returning to the historic North Weald Airfield (EGSX), near London on the weekend of 14-15 June for our 35th annual Fly-In (see www.air-britain.com/flyin-about).
We have traditionally used our Fly-In to help promote and inform the public about various aspects of aviation, current and historical. One of the ways we do this is through recognizing related aviation anniversaries as part of the event's theme. This year we are featuring the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Bücker Jungmann and we are inviting all Bücker aircraft to the event to try to gather as many as possible together. Personal invitations have gone out to all UK Bücker owners and we would be delighted if others could join us from mainland Europe.
I would like to send you my new video with D-EELE created by my friend Pavel Linhart.
Tom Muller recently had the privilege of flying with Albert Zeller in Elisabeth Zeller's beautiful Jungmann HB-UUN
Elisabeth and Albert Zeller are based at the Sitterdorf airport (LSZV) which is near the southwestern shore of Lake Constance.
The airport shown in this picture is Altenrhein, the site of the old Dornier factory.
The white buildings to the left of the runway are the buildings in which Bückers were once built. You can also see the ramps down which the magnificent flying boats of the 1930s (including the colossal Do-X) were launched.
A little easier to see in the Google Earth image.
I try not to be envious, but sometimes it can be really hard
I have just received notice from "MeinFachverlag Shop", the vendor selling the Fascination Bücker book that my order has shipped.
Yay! Should be here in time for the Bu & BBQ fly-n
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Aero Friedrichshafen begins today on the Eastern side of Lake Constance (Bodensee) just across the water from the old Dornier factory in Altenrhein.
Amazing that nearly 80 years on, there are no less than three exhibitors at this major aviation event displaying Bucker related items. Air-Res, F.K. Aviation, and LOM will all be present.
Bucker Pages International Affairs correspondent Tom Muller is there and no doubt will be providing more information soon :)