The Messerschmitt M 18 has always been of interest to the author. Especially, because of the operation by the German airline Nordbayerische Verkehrsflug, and its successor Deutsche Verkehrsflug. For many years, the airline maintained a domestic network reaching far beyond its original area of the States of Bavaria, Thuringia, and Saxonia. The ‘low-cost airline’ (the world’s first?) flew with the economical and effective aircraft of the type Messerschmitt M 18, developed after specifications of Theo Croneiβ by upcoming aircraft designer Willy Messerschmitt.
Theo Croneiβ became the founder of the Verkehrsflug and remained its general manager until it was forced to close down in 1934. In this book, the author will also describe the fete between Verkehrsflug, Deutsche Luft Hansa, the German states (like Bavaria, Prussia, Saxony and Thuringia) and the Reichsverkehrsministerium (Reich Ministry of Traffic). A seperate book could be written about this fete, but in this book the author will only give a short explanation.
The aircraft also saw service outside Germany, and was only sold in small numbers to China (1), Portugal (1), Romania (2) and Switzerland (2). In addition, two aircraft were built under license in Switzerland.These aircraft were all operated for aerial photography and did a fine job for many years. The last aircraft was struck off charge well after the World War Two.
All-in-all, an interesting book with many details and numerous new photographs, color drawings, cutaway drawings, factory brochures and a production list.
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