5/26/1929: Junkers W 33 Sets World Altitude Record
DALLAS – Today in Aviation, The German-built Junkers W 33 set a world altitude record, climbing to 41,800 ft (12740 m) in 1929. Piloted by Wilhelm ‘Willy’ Neuenhofen, the aircraft, heavily modified with a new larger wing and Bristol Jupiter VII engine, reached the altitude in just 45 minutes.
Neuenhofen was a German pilot who had started his flying career during the First World War. As well as the altitude feat, the W33 set numerous other records.
Featured image: The prototype W 33 D-921 was originally flown as a seaplane from Leopoldshafen, on the River Elbe on June 17, 1926.
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