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. 

Pilot Wilhelm ‘Willy’ Neuenhofen. Photo: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

‘Flying Ace’


Neuenhofen was a German pilot who had started his flying career during the First World War. During this time, he became a ‘Flying Ace,’ a title given to a military aviator who shot down five or more read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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