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1935 Bücker BÜ133L “Jüngmeister” – N515

This Bücker “Jüngmeister” was owned by long-time aerobatic champion Mike Murphy. During the 1940s, he won numerous competitions with his first “Jüngmeister” which was originally owned by the famous pilot Alex Papana. The Papana Bücker was flown to the US from Germany in the dirigible Hindenburg for the 1936 Cleveland Air Races. Mike sold that first “Jüngmeister” to Bevo Howard who flew it in air shows for more than 20 years.

Mike Murphy was the first American to use the Jungmeister, the undisputed top aerobatic airplane in its day. This aircraft originally belonged to Count Aresti. Mike found the plane in “pieces” while visiting the Count in Spain. They made a deal and the aircraft was shipped back to the US. It was rebuilt over the years 1966-1967 and converted to a Warner 185 hp engine.

Bücker “Jüngmeister” N515 was donated to the EAA AirVenture Museum in 1973 by Mike Murphy. Tom Poberezny had the pleasure of flying the aircraft from its home in Findlay, OH to WI, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Donated By: Mike Murphy

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