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Restoring a Legend

A legendary aircraft which spent 40 years at the bottom of a Norwegian lake has been restored with the help of Akzo Nobel.

One of the last remaining models of the legendary JU 52 aircraft has been restored for a German museum with the help of Akzo Nobel.

Only 5,000 of them were built—just five still fly—and only a few are left worldwide, but one now proudly stands in the Museum of Technology in Dessau, Germany, following a special year-long restoration project.

Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings supplied a number of products (including Metaflex FCR, Aerodur CF primer 37047 and Aerodur Metallic and Aerodur Clearcoat), while four experienced aircraft refinishers from the company also volunteered to help out.

The project restored every part of the plane, which was recovered from a Norwegian lake after spending 40 years underwater. In its heyday in the 1930s and 40s, it became renowned for its reliability in air transportation.

The name JU 52 is inseparably linked to the beginnings of commercial aviation in Germany and it is widely regarded as being one of the best known and most popular aircraft in the history of aviation.

It is fitting that the restored model is now housed in Dessau, the town where German aviation pioneer Hugo Junkers—whose company built the JU 52—founded his first business.

(Released: April 25, 2003)