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The single-engine W 33/W 34 series of Junkers freighters were much smaller than the Ju 52. Success of aircraft like CF-ASN in difficult operating conditions encouraged Canadian Airways president James A. Richardson to acquire the Flying Boxcar. (Manitoba Archives)

During CF-ARMÕs delivery flight on wheels to Winnipeg, the Junkers caused a sensation at Kingston, Ontario. Pilots said the BMW engine resembled the famous Liberty. Foreign airlines like Lufthansa ran them to 400 hours before overhaul, but Junkers representatives advised Canadian Airways to fly only 250. (Cap Free)

Canadian Airways engineer Jim Kirk provides a suitable human contrast to the extreme size of the Ju 52. Compared with any other bushplanes of the era, the Junkers was an exceptionally large aircraft.

On skis, the Junkers could lift 5,200 pounds or more without trouble. Float-equipped, loads varied from 3,500 to 4,500 pounds and could only be lifted under ideal weather conditions: light breeze blowing, slightly choppy water, low humidity.

Mechanics strain on a winch to raise the aircraft as repair work is performed on the starboard undercarriage.

CF-ARM rises from a frozen lake on a blustery winter day. The success or failure of many Canadian Airways freighting operations depended on the availability of the Junkers to haul oversize items no other aircraft could handle.

In 1982, the Western Canada Aviation Museum acquired a three-engine Junkers Ju 52 from Orlando, Florida and converted it to a replica of CF-ARM. Removal of outboard engines, an increase in rudder area and window modifications took place at the Bristol Aerospace facility in Winnipeg. (WCAM)

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