Lufthansa has celebrated 75 years since the operation of the first transatlantic flight

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On 10 August 2013, Lufthansa celebrated 75 years since the operation of the first transatlantic flight with a passenger plane. Between August 10-11, 1938, a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor (D-ACON) Lufthansa flew on the route Tempelhof, Berlin - Floyd Bennett Field, New York.

The 6,437 km were traveled in 24 hours, 56 minutes and 12 seconds, at an average speed of 263 km / h. This was the first transatlantic commercial flight by non-stop passenger aircraft. The return flight took off on 13 August 1938 and lasted 19 hours and 47 minutes, at an average speed of 330 km / h.


Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor it had a capacity of 26 of seats. It was designed under the leadership of Kurt Tank, technical director at Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau, Bremen. Although built as a civilian aircraft, in World War II, the Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor was a bomber dedicated to long and reconnaissance flights. In 1939, a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor named "Immelmann III" (D-2600) became Adolf Hitler's first personal plane.

Returning to those 75 years since the first non-stop transatlantic flight, on 10 August 2013, Condor was flying, but in the form of a postcard aboard a Lufthansa plane. On the LH400 flight, wishers were able to purchase these illustrations. In New York, postcards received a special stamp and were sent to shippers in Germany.

Lufthansa currently operates the Frankfurt - New York route by plane Boeing 747-400, and the distance is traveled in about 8 hours and 30 minutes, three times faster than 75 years ago. Lufthansa operates seven daily flights to New York from Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf.

  1. Nicky says

    Flour story, don't esteem it! Thanks Herr Sorin!

    1. Sorin Rusi says

      With pleasure. I have many stories from the history of aviation and I will publish them, I will make one daily

  2. Master RA says

    Interesting story! Lufthansa now operates, from Fra to NY and the new B 747-800.

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