VISTA, Cal., February 19, 2015– Vista, CA – Sandel Avionics, Inc., a global leader in advanced avionics for fixed-wing and rotorcraft, today announced that its authorized dealer, Avionik Straubing, has completed installation of an avionics package that included dual Sandel SN4500s, dual SG102s and dual ST3400s for Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung’s “Aunt Ju” Junker Ju 52.
Avionik Straubing selected the dual avionics package not only for the superior avionics upgrade, but also for Sandel’s simple and clean look that helps maintain the aircraft panel’s 1930’s mechanical look.
Built at the Junkers works in Dessau, Lufthansa’s Ju 52 embarked on her maiden flight in 1936. Initially in service with Lufthansa, she then spent almost 20 years alternating between Germany and Norway. 1955 saw her taken out of service in Norway. Too large for a museum in Oslo, she was sold to South America where she was flown in Ecuador from 1957 to 1963. The end of her days now looked imminent. Mustered out to the edge of Quito Airport and exposed to the elements, she fell into oblivion until an American flying enthusiast rescued her in 1969. Later on, spectators were able to admire "Aunt Ju", now known as "Iron Annie", at air shows across the States before being purchased by Lufthansa in 1984 and painstakingly restored.