Comfort of the JL-6

The comfort of the JL-6 was discussed in some detail in an article in the Salt Lake City Tribune. When Ernie arrived in Salt Lake City in August 1920 in the course of opening the first transcontinental air mail route, Governor Bamberger and a group of citizens greeted the party. The Tribune reported that the big surprise for the spectators was that “the passengers and pilot stepped down (from the plane) as though they were alighting from a carriage. They wore straw hats and carried canes. There were no goggles and no close fitting caps. No fur overcoats were to be seen and the pilot did not even have his hair ruffled. They were not like aviators at all.”

The article goes on to state that “Governor Bamberger climbed the side and looked into the plane. “Why, this doesn’t look bad at all,” he said. Others looked and agreed with him. Upholstered seats in an enclosed cab caused someone to say that it was an aerial limousine rather than a monoplane. ... There is a collapsible table in the cab so that, when the scenery is dull or the passengers weary of earthly things, they can play poker or indulge in others of the indoor sports. Mirrors, cane racks, thermos bottles, cigar lighters and bouquet holders are all included among the necessary fixtures of the JL-6 plane....”

Left - cabin of the Junkers F-13. Right - cabin of the JL-6

The JL-6 and F13 were very close in their appointments. The comfort of the JL-6 was designed into the aircraft by Junkers. Created immediately after the First World War, the F13 was the first aircraft specifically designed to carry passengers in an enclosed, heated cabin. Seats were upholstered, and there was room for baggage.

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