25 MAY 2009
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LUFTHANSA TECHNIK, normally the preserve of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, has completed the painting of ‘Dornier Merkur’ a reproduction of the world’s first all metal transport aircraft. The revolutionary eight-passenger monoplane was developed by aviation pioneer Claude Dornier and operated by Deutsche Luft Hansa between 1926 and 1935. From July it will be one of the top attractions of the new Dornier museum in Friedrichshafen complete with basketwork passenger seats. Having been constructed in Hungary, the replica aircraft was painted in the original Luft Hansa colours by a team of retired and active paint specialists consuming almost 600 man-hours. The original aircraft was known as Silberfuchs (Silver Fox) and carried the factory number 88 and tail sign D-1103, as does the replica. www.lufthansa-technik.de
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