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Museum unveils oldest plane in Luxembourg
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Museum unveils oldest plane in Luxembourg

01.08.2016 From our online archive
A rare bird went on display at Luxembourg's plane museum at the weekend: a 1934 Klemm. Read on to find out more about its fascinating story.

(TH/JB) A rare bird went on display at Luxembourg's plane museum at the weekend: a 1934 Klemm.

The aircraft, described by curator Gaston Kohn as “our crown jewels, our diamond”, found its way to Luxembourg by accident.

Constructed in Germany, the Klemm was used by the Nazis in World War II before being confiscated by the Americans. Following an accident in 1945 in Luxembourg, the plane ended up stored in the Luxembourg Aerosport hangar at Findel.

It was purchased by Henri Kramer but remained in the hangar in a poor state of repair until his death, when the Fédération Aéronautique together with Luxembourg's Sports Ministry decided to rescue it.

Three million Luxembourg francs were invested in the restoration project, which had aviation fans giddy with anticipation as it is now the oldest plane in Luxembourg.

“Today, the aircraft is not in a fit state to be flown, that would require a greater degree of restoration. But it is also possible,” said Kohn, a pilot and monitor who has flown Klemms in the past.

“There is no cabin so you have to be careful not to lose your cap. When you're in this aircraft, you really feel like you're flying in the air," the curator added.

See the aircraft for yourself at the Plane museum in Mondorf-les-Bains.

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