Discover the world’s first all-metal transport aircraft today!
To celebrate its very first city update (select German cities), Microsoft Flight Simulator released the Junkers F 13, the next aircraft in its “Local Legend” series. The F 13 is a low-wing, single-engine monoplane from German aircraft manufacturer Junkers and first flew on June 25, 1919. The F 13 was one of aviation’s most innovative early aircraft as the first transport aircraft all-metal civilian in the world. , using Duralumin (an aluminum alloy), and boasted state-of-the-art engineering implementations, most notably in the design of its wings. With a crew of two, with seating in her cabin for four, over 300 F 13s were made during the 13 years of production. The well-built, reliable and stable aircraft flew all over the world, and some even until the early 1950s.
The F 13 features a cantilevered main wing, requiring no external bracing, which was unique at the time for an aircraft of its size. The wing has a straight leading edge and a span of 48 feet 7 inches. The aircraft has a traditional empennage and standard landing gear easily convertible to floats.
During its production Junkers used a variety of inline and radial engines to power the F 13. These included the 158 horsepower Mercedes D.IIIa inline 6, the 306 horsepower Junkers inline 6 and the BMW Va 6-cylinder in line with 355 horsepower. This model uses a supercharged Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-14B Wasp Junior 9-cylinder radial piston engine that delivers 450 horsepower to a two-bladed fixed-pitch propeller.
The Junkers F 13 has a range of 870 miles, climbs at 470 feet per minute and has a service ceiling of 16,700 feet above sea level. It cruises at 100 miles per hour with a top speed of 106 mph.
Futuristic for its time with its angular and simple design, the Junkers F 13 proved to be an enduring masterpiece of aerospace engineering. The simulator version combines the enjoyable performance of this vintage 1919 classic with the safety features of a modern aircraft. Airmen will enjoy their time in the cockpit of the F 13, which performs as well as it looks from takeoff to landing.
The Junkers F 13 is available in four variants: vintage with standard land landing gear (wheels), vintage with floats, vintage with skis and a replica variant. Liveries include vintage, Xbox and Aviator’s Club. Try it today in the Microsoft Flight Simulator in-sim market for $14.99. And, keep watching for more “Local Legend” planes coming soon. Heaven is calling!
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Local Legend 6, the Junkers F 13, available today in Microsoft Flight Simulator