The RIMOWA Luggage slogan for their line of high-end luggage products is, “The Luggage with the Grooves.” At EAA AirVenture 2015, our ANN crew met up with Stefan Bitterle, a public relations spokesman for the aviation operation within their company, to learn about their very special airplane. RIMOWA has created the first ever airworthy replica of a Junkers F13 airplane that could be called, “the airplane with the grooves.”
Bitterle provides us with a detailed background of the Junkers F13 and of the re-creation of this aircraft by RIMOWA. The amazing thing about the corrugated Duralumin F13 is that it was created in the year 1919 when wood, welded steel, and fabric were the primary materials used in aircraft of that day.
Bitterle explains that the Junkers F13 was a successful design and used in early airline operations. It also influenced an American designer by the name of, William Bushnell Stout, who created airplanes out of the same corrugated material that would later become famous as the Ford Trimotor.
This video provides a fascinating look at aviation history, and it even tosses in some interesting historical details about the RIMOWA Company and its products. Watch the video for the details; you’ll be glad you did.
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