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Junkers-Larson 6

Junker-Larsen aircraft The Junkers Larsen 6 or JL-6 were first developed by German Hugo Junkers, who wanted to develop an aircraft that was all-metal, so that pilots would be protected from ground fire while flying over the battlefield. The first military prototype was flown in January 1917 and proved effective. Over two hundred more were built by the Germans before the end of the war.

In 1919, a prototype of the civilian Junkers was developed using all-metal construction with corrugated aluminium. The Junkers-Larsen 6 was developed and built in New York with a licence from Junkers in Germany.

Junker-Larsen aircraft The plane went on to play an important role in the development of aviation in Western Canada. When Imperial Oil wanted to find out if aircraft could reach the company’s northern oil well at Fort Norman, they used two Junkers Larsen 6s for the trip in 1921.

These all-metal aircraft proved to be one of the more effectual early bush planes. The Junkers-Larsen 6 were also versatile, since they could be fitted with skis or pontoons.

A photograph of a CF-ABK Junkers W34 of the Canadian Airways. Pilot Stan McMillan and Engineer Fred Little flew charters to May, Whitehorse, Carcross, Dawson etc in the Yukon. Read More...


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