Volume IX: GAAHF Newsletter                                      January 2017
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German American
Aviation Heritage Foundation

"Preserving Traditions and Rediscovering the Fascination of Passenger Flight"

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Message from Bernhard Conrad,

Chairman of GAAHF

Dear Friends and Supporters:

As we close another chapter from last year, we look forward to turning a new page into 2017. We have continued our success due to our wonderful team of dedicated persons (click to read the new Chronicle released from the Super Star!) and because of your generous support.

GAAHF has criss-crossed the country and the global this last year and met so many wonderful people.  We are so proud to have supporters literally across the globe! We are also truly honored to bring new faces and bright minds to join our mission, especially with the new members of the board and advisory council. With a strong focus on many opportunities this upcoming year, we send you all very best wishes for a bright new year ahead!

Again, we thank you again for all of your donations and please consider us in this future year and click our "Donate" button to learn more. We have many great activities planned for future involvement and in a meaningful way to celebrate STEM +Arts to continue sharing and growing this inspiration.  

Please look for all updates on all social media channels and encourage fellow enthusiasts to follow us as we share our journey.  

May you continue to celebrate the fascination of flight and onward into 2017!  

Warm Regards and Best Wishes,
Bernhard Conrad
Chairman of German American Aviation Heritage Foundation
Lufthansa Super Star:
Be Part Of It

Read the latest edition of the Chronicle here!
Let the Lufthansa Super Star become an affair of your heart like it is for everyone involved in this fascinating, once in a lifetime project! Be part of such a unique and thrilling adventure in aviation history. This is made possible by the generous support and donations from around the world. 

Read the latest holiday Super Star Chronicle, the Super Star Newsletter, here

Please click the Super Star logo to enter the Super Star website and read our last Chronicle newsletter!
A Simulator Story
"The Circle is Closing"
It was once the most advanced, and most expensive training device an airline could acquire in the Golden Age of air transport. Like the Super Star project itself, this flight simulator illustrates the huge progress civil aviation has made the last 60 years. Being equipped with a complex array of transistors and radio tubes , this relict of the pre-computer age was originally a wonder of mankind.
When Lufthansa phased out the last Lockheed Constellations in the mid 1960’s, it donated the obsolete training device to the Technical University of Berlin where it helped to familiarize students of the air and space engineering faculty with an airliner flight deck layout. In the early 1970’s Tu Berlin replaced the propliner simulator  by a more advanced Boeing 727 jet simulator, also donated from Lufthansa, and kindly donated it to the German Technical Museum (DTM) in Berlin. This was under the assumption it would never be needed for professional pilot training.
The museum kept it as an exhibition piece for decades to come, and it would have stayed there if the Lufthansa Super Star flying corps hadn’t kissed it awake, like in a modern fairy tale. The future Super Star pilots and flight engineers were looking for a training device to acquaint themselves with cockpit procedures and the ‘look and feel’ of a Lockheed L-1649A flight deck. The procedure trainer served the Super Star pilots and flight engineers so well that the DTM recently decided to donate this unique piece of Lufthansa and Lockheed history to the Lufthansa Super Star gGmbH as owner and future operator of the vintage aircraft. With the hand-over being imminent, the circle - from Lufthansa, via university and museum – back to Lufthansa is closing after half a century. 
A Time of Flight
History of German Aviation 
We thought you might enjoy a brief walk though aviation history in Germany.  By the mid-1920s, there were a number of small civilian passenger services in Germany, although only a few survived the massive inflation and poor economic conditions of the time. In January of 1926, the German government combined Deutsche Aero Lloyd (DAL) and Junkers into a new company named Deutsche Luft Hansa (DLH). 

DLH was quite large for the time and it owned as many as 162 aircraft consisting of 18 different models.  DLH's services began to expand through the late 1920s, when it acquired shares in the airline known as Deruluft that operated popular international services between the two countries. In 1933, DLH was renamed simply Lufthansa, a name that the modern German airline inherited.

Image 1: Deutsche Luft Hansa - DLH - began in March 1926 with single engine planes flying regional German services
Unlike many other European airlines of the period, Lufthansa was quite profitable. Lufthansa's expansion was helped by two factors: a powerful government eager to increase and spread awareness all over the world, and the lifting of restrictions on German commercial aviation in 1928. The motto for Lufthansa perfectly illustrated how German commercial aviation combined business with nationalism.

Image 2: Perhaps the most famous German aircraft of the 1930s was the Junker Ju-52, used by many nations around the world

By 1928, Lufthansa flew more miles and carried more passengers than all the other European companies combined. The company had a staff of 300 superbly trained pilots as well as some of the best civil aircraft in the world, manufactured by Junkers and Dornier. The Junkers Ju-52 became the mainstay of Lufthansa routes in Europe and elsewhere, although larger planes such as the Junkers G-38 (only two were ever built) saw service as well.

Image 3: The first 1933 logo when Lufthansa was eager to spread influence all over the world.
Welcome On Board
Advisory Council Members 
We look forward to expanding the GAAHF network and continue to grow with our new members!  Please look out for more to come with this talented advisory council.
Richard Aboulafia
  • Teal Group Corporation
Doug Birkey
  • Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies; Air Force Association
Bernhard Conrad
  • German American Aviation Heritage Foundation
Dr. Evelyn Crellin
  • National Air and Space Museum- Smithsonian Institution Aeronautics Department
Paul Feldman
  • General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Natalie Hartman
  • The Markham Group
Evan Koppel
  • United Airlines
Brett Levanto
  • Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Steve Lott
  • Boeing
Jodie Moxley
  • Airbus
Ken Perich
  • National Aviation Heritage Invitational LLC ISTAT Foundation
Alyssa Henley Siddiqui
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Joseph T.N. Suarez
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
Karen Walker
  • Air Transport World, Penton Aviation
Pete Weichlein
  • U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dr. Stephan Zass
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
STEM + Arts
Educating for a Stronger Future
“STEM education must be elevated as a national priority reflected through educational reforms, policies to drive innovation and federal and state spending priorities. STEM is not just a trendy buzzword; it is the core of our country’s economic future. Simply put, if we are to keep up with our global competitors, we had better step up our commitment to improve STEM education.”
– Coalition Op-Ed “STEM Literacy: Are We keeping Up?” MediaPlanet, June 2015
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition represents the broadest and most unified voice in advocating for policies to improve STEM education at all levels.   It is a central mission of our Coalition to inform federal policymakers on STEM issues and serve as an advocate for the critical role that STEM education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity.
Join Us On This Captivating
and Historic Journey! Your support is highly appreciated. 
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