by Horst Zoeller, 1996 - 2017, 63rd Edition, 8 December 2017

Stammwerk Dessau Relics

Hugo Junkers Technikmuseum


Dessau was the former Homebase of Junkers Flugzeugwerke. Therefore it is the perfect location for a museum, which tries to prevent the work of Hugo Junkers and his companies. Nevertheless, in Dessau are just a few things left, which have originally been in use during the time of Junkers Flugzeugwerke. Most buildings were destroyed already during WWII or at least during the initial years following WWII. Only a few items are left today.

In 1992 the Foerderverein Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers was founded. This institution has the aim to preserve the last remaining items of Junkers Flugzeugwerke in Dessau. At the former Junkers airfield a technical museum was created, where mostly Junkers exhibits are collected. Since 1995 a few aircraft, all of them were former Eastern military and agricultural aircraft, were presented in a small exhibit. During the following years several technical installations at the Junkers airfield were restorated, i.e.

Junkers Windchannel of 1934
Junkers Compensation Area of 1935
Junkers Administration Building of 1934
parts of the Junkers runway system

The main building of the Technikmuseum is a hangar of 1952, which was the initial building of the newly formed VEB Flugzeugbau in Dessau. But due to the rivals of the 17th June 1953 the Dessau developement of a new aviation technology center in the G.D.R. was stopped. When these activities were reactivated two years later, Dresden was selected as the new location for the G.D.R. aviation technology center. However, the hangar survived until today and is now the housing for the Junkers collection at Dessau.


There are also some rumors, that the old Junkers rocket test equipements from 1932 are still existing somewhere in the area. Additionally some Junkers engines were aquired and are part of the Junkers exhibition meanwhile:

Junkers HK160 engine
Junkers M12 Tandem engine

In 1995 the first Junkers aircraft was aquired in Norway. The Hugo Junkers Technikmuseum bought one of the
Junkers Ju52 wreckages, which were salvaged from the Hartigvan Fjord at Narvik. The wreckage was brought to Dessau and underwent intensive restoration during the last few years there. Meantime, this original Ju52 is the center piece of the exhibition.

The official opening of the Hugo Junkers Technikmuseum took place on 31st May 2001. The exhibition hall with the Ju52 is not a former Junkers building, but is a postwar construction of the 50s. On 4200 sqm the Ju52 is shown together with several Junkers engines, i.e. the single existing
Jumo 207, a Jumo 213, a Jumo 004 and an airblade of Junkers G38. For further details of this Junkers exhibit please refer to the special sections. Latest aquisition of the museum is a Junkers metal house, which represents Hugo Junkers architectural phase in the late 20s.

The museum is reachable at:
Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers
Kuehnauer Str. 161a
D-06846 Dessau


Phone: 0340-6611982
Fax: 0340-6611193
Email:
technikmuseum-dessau@t-online.de

Opening: daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Foerderverein is reachable at:
Forderverein e.V. Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers
Postfach 1105
D-06812 Dessau


Further Reading:
Technik-Museum Hugo Junkers by R. Stenzel with photos of Soviet aircraft
Paul Nann's Dessau Photos inside/outside photo sets of aircraft
Airliner.net with more photos from Dessau Technikmuseum
Sachsen Anhalt zerfallt with actual Windchannel photo

 

Dessau Airfield

 

The current airfield of Dessau is the former Junkers company airport from which a lot of first flights of Junkers prototypes were launched and lots of record braking flights were started, i.e. Koehl's flight over the Atlantic Ocean. This airport was officially opened in 1926 at the road from Dessau to Kleinkuehnau. Previously all Junkers test flights had to be performed at Mosigkau, where take off and landing was performed on a small gras strip. The new airport at Kleinkuehnau got a beton runway from the beginning. Until 1945 this airfield became the Junkers company airport, but it was also used by Lufthansa for commercial flights and by amateur pilots during these years.

In 1945 the airfield was taken over by the Soviet forces. In 1952 the airfield was reopened for German users, when the GST (Gesellschaft fuer Sport und Technik) started glider flights at Dessau. From 1953 to 1968 the airfield was used for the pilot training of the transport pilots of the NVA. On 11th August 1978 the Dessau airfield was officially closed.

Following the reunification of Germany hobby pilots started the initiative to reopen the Dessau airfields for flight traffic. The first aircraft arrived Eastern 1990 with special permission, including D-AQUI Ju52 of Lufthansa. Even if the beton runway still existed, it could not be used due to severe structural damage. Therefore take-off and landings were made from the gras areas of the airfield. On 20th August 1994 the new beton runway was finished and the "Hugo Junkers Flugplatz" Dessau was officially reopened with the landing of D-AQUI and a fly over of three Ju-Air Ju52s.

The airport is reachable:
Flugplatz Dessau GmbH
Postfach 1202
Mosigkauer Str. 30
D-06812 Dessau



Further Reading:
Airspeed with lots of airport details