Former Sabena JU-52 OO-AGU?
Junkers JU-52 (possibly version 3mge with c/n J5670 and ex-OO-AGU of Sabena) in the aviation hall of the of the Belgian Army Museum in Brussels, photographed on 23 April 2005. There is a lot of confusion about the history of the aircraft in sources on the internet. I used the information on the Hugo Junkers homepage which contains a detailed list of manufactured JU-52s. According to this source the aircraft went first to Sabena in 1936 as OO-AGU, but that is disputed in other sources. Even more confusing is that the list on the Junkers website contains no less than four JU-52s with the registration OO-AGU and different construction numbers. It is an established fact hoewever that from 1937 to 1968 it flew with the Portuguese Air Force with various registrations (109, 209, 6309). In June 1998 it was acquired by the Brussels army museum and after an intensive restoration (in which even parts of the skin were renewed) it went on public display in September 2001. Given the supposed Belgian history of the aircraft it is rather peculiar that it does not have an original Sabena paint scheme, but only what looks like a Junkers factory livery. Information on other websites contradicts the above details. I also found the construction number 501196 for the aircraft and the type indication JU-52/3mg7e. In the aircraft itself a number plate with the serial 35220/15/6 was found. Belgian sources only mention the service of the aircraft with the Portuguese Air Force.There is not a word about its supposed Sabena history on the official website of the Brussels Museum. I even found an accident log that stated that OO-AGU (according to this source with Sabena since 27 April 1936) had crashed in Sabena service in the then Belgian African colony Congo on 25 March 1944. Who can tell the real story?