Rebuilding the sole surviving Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor was never going to be an easy task. Chris Gilson visited the dedicated teams in Bremen and Hamburg to hear a story of triumph over adversity
FROM THE WORKSHOP FOCKE-WULF FW 200 CONDOR
It is the afternoon of August 2 in Hamburg, and all eyes in the Condor restoration workshop located in the Lufthansa Technical Complex are turned to a large metallic structure in green primer that is sitting on a purpose-built stand.
With little noise, two large flaps mounted on the component start to move, being raised and then lowered. Smiles break out on the faces around the room – all present know they have witnessed another milestone in the restoration of the world’s only Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor, in this case the first combined movement of the flaps on the horizontal stabilisers.