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  • Spiteful
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2005
    • 198

    Fw200 Condor Restoration

    Saw this on Facebook, looking great and very complete.
  • Bruce
    Independent analyst
    • Jan 2000
    • 10147

    #2
    It does indeed - but it is not a photograph, but a rendered image sadly.

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    • Creaking Door
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Sep 2006
      • 9718

      #3
      Blimey! That's not that pile of mangled 'scrap' that was dredged out of that Norwegian fjord is it?
      WA$.

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      • Pulsar-xp
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2012
        • 133

        #4
        May be she will look like that in 10 years.

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        • ozplane
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2004
          • 1596

          #5
          So what does it look like at the moment? Any updates?

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          • TEXANTOMCAT
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2004
            • 4515

            #6
            Really impressive undertaking!
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            • DoraNineFan
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Oct 2005
              • 214

              #7
              So what does it look like at the moment? Any updates?
              Scroll through this gallery. Volunteers at Airbus are working on it and it looks like they are taking a military Condor and restoring it as a civil airliner version.
              https://plus.google.com/photos/10550...11976716001506

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              • Oxcart
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2007
                • 2042

                #8
                It's due to look like that next year, I think!
                Give a man a fish and eat for a day. Give a man a fishing rod and he'll eat for a lifetime. Give a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish!

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                • ozplane
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2004
                  • 1596

                  #9
                  Thanks DoraNineFan. It really is an impressive undertaking.

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                  • Ant.H
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 3015

                    #10
                    Thanks for the gallery link DoraNine, great progress being made. It's worthwhile scrolling all the way back through the gallery as a reminder of what the project started with, there aren't many groups that would attempt to rebuild such an absolute wreck.
                    "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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                    • trumper
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Aug 2003
                      • 6558

                      #11
                      Fantastic looking project ,well done them.

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                      • WebPilot
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 1889

                        #12
                        The render is showing a turret ring behind the cockpit so maybe not a rebuild as an airliner and the seats are just functional

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                        • Sabrejet
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Mar 2010
                          • 1640

                          #13
                          It's definitely going into an airliner colour scheme, which is strange because I'm sure the landing gear would be different, plus the gondola would also not be present on the civil version. I've seen this restoration a number of times and talked to the team and though I didn't go into the reasons why the civilian scheme was chosen, they did confirm it. It's why the completed sections are painted silver rather than primer or camo.

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                          • DazDaMan
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Aug 2003
                            • 18605

                            #14
                            Very cool, though.

                            Daren Cogdon

                            Spitfire fanatic

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                            • kenjohan
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Aug 2004
                              • 114

                              #15
                              Will it be a flyer?
                              Ken

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                              • Pulsar-xp
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Mar 2012
                                • 133

                                #16
                                No, it will not fly.

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                                • Lingo Dog
                                  Rank 2 Registered User
                                  • Oct 2018
                                  • 21

                                  #17
                                  Most impressive. I had not previously read about its recovery and restoration.

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                                  • Creaking Door
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Sep 2006
                                    • 9718

                                    #18
                                    I would suggest that while it is being worked-on by Airbus employees and using Airbus facilities finishing / painting it as a Nazi military aircraft would be 'problematic' for this (primarily) French / German company!

                                    If it is finished as an 'airliner' (and, strictly speaking, the 'Condor' always was an airliner) then Airbus can claim that it is part of their 'heritage', as an early, successful and iconic 'European' airliner, and Airbus may avoid a few embarrassing questions and therefore find it easier to assist in the project.

                                    My thoughts are that it is a subterfuge while it is in the hands of Airbus; once it is completed and moves to a new home (and I've no idea if that is happening, or where it will eventually go) it can be 'converted' to a military configuration...

                                    ...and that will be very appropriate for a 'Condor' as that was how the real thing came about!

                                    (And the Germans, historically, have a bit of 'form' in that respect.) (Joke!)

                                    Anyway, that's my guess.....unless Airbus are 'keeping' it?
                                    Last edited by Creaking Door; 13th January 2019, 00:14.
                                    WA$.

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                                    • DoraNineFan
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Oct 2005
                                      • 214

                                      #19
                                      would suggest that while it is being worked-on by Airbus employees and using Airbus facilities finishing / painting it as a Nazi military aircraft would be 'problematic' for this (primarily) French / German company!

                                      If it is finished as an 'airliner' (and, strictly speaking, the 'Condor' always was an airliner) then Airbus can claim that it is part of their 'heritage', as an early, successful and iconic 'European' airliner, and Airbus may avoid a few embarrassing questions and therefore find it easier to assist in the project.

                                      My thoughts are that it is a subterfuge while it is in the hands of Airbus; once it is completed and moves to a new home (and I've no idea if that is happening, or where it will eventually go) it can be 'converted' to a military configuration...

                                      ...and that will be very appropriate for a 'Condor' as that was how the real thing came about!

                                      (And the Germans, historically, have a bit of 'form' in that respect.) (Joke!)

                                      Anyway, that's my guess.....unless Airbus are 'keeping' it?

                                      I believe that it is going to the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin when complete.

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                                      • J Boyle
                                        With malice towards none
                                        • Oct 2004
                                        • 9585

                                        #20
                                        I certainly appreciate the political sensitivities of the restoration
                                        ​​​​but allow me to ask a question....

                                        What is the types primary historical significance, advanced airliner or military long range patrol aircraft and transport?

                                        While the restoration of either is welcome, what makes the most sense from a history standpoint?
                                        The answer to that question should determine its final configuration whether it is "problematic" for Airbus Industries or not.
                                        I think the EU and Airbus would survive if finished in a military configuration.
                                        There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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