Rebuilding a Condor - A report from Germany



We have often, in various contexts, been asked what all those rusty parts we have collected, sometimes overgrown by seaweed, filled with mud and partly eaten by corrosion will be used for. When we say that they either should be cleaned and used in a restoration project as original parts, or be used as templates for new parts, people hardly believe us.

For many years we have collaborated with Deutsche Technik Museum in Berlin. We have provided them with parts, large and small, to their Condor project.


There has been an extensive work collecting parts from different locations in Norway. The Germans have appreciated our affords so much, that in early December 2014 some of the key persons behind the operation were invited to Germany to be celebrated, and at the same occasion given an insight into the process of rebuilding a FW 200 Condor.

Birger Larsen from Bodo was one of the invitees, and he has sent some pictures and the report below.


Birger Larsen:

Having just arrived from Germany I like to share with you some pictures to show the great progress of the Condor Project.
The project is now done in Hamburg/Bremen. In Hamburg a team of old hands from Lufthansa is busy rebuilding the tail section (fin/rudder/stabilizer/elevators and the aft portion of the fuselage). The first picture shows the stabilizer almost completed together with elevators.

In Bremen a team from Airbus Industries is busy doing wings/fuselage. Already the center section of the wing with the four nacelles/engines are at an advanced state of rebuild.

Due to limited space, the center section had to be split in two parts for rebuild. The outer wings from Kvitanosi are also in the works. The left one is almost ready complete with ailerons.(picture 2) The second one has yet to be assembled.
The main part of the fuselage is being made at another location of the Airbus factory in Bremen.
The complete project is very impressive and done to the highest standards.

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