Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung (DLBS)
One of the driving factors behind the creation of the DLBS Foundation was the desire to preserve historically important cultural assets in the field of civil aviation and to illustrate their importance to the general public. The current DLBS foundation board, consisting of chairman Bernhard Conrad, Thomas Kropp and Capt. Jürgen Raps, is obliged to these basic principles.
Both the name of the Foundation and also the name given to the Junkers Ju 52/3m "Berlin Tempelhof–, testify to the roots and close links between Lufthansa and the capital city of the reunified Germany. But in 1986 no one could have foreseen that only three years later the wall separating West and East Germany would fall and that today Berlin would once more play an important role in the Lufthansa Group.
Another legendary aircraft, the Lockheed L-1649A Super Star, is shortly to join the historic fleet of the Deutsche Lufthansa Berlin-Stiftung. Together with the Messerschmitt Me 108 Taifun, the Dornier Do 27 and the Junkers Ju 52/3m D-AQUI, the Super Star will serve as a historic ambassador for the history of Lufthansa in Germany and abroad.
With the Lockheed L-1649A, the DLBS is set to span the arch from the earliest days of reliable commercial aviation in the 1930s, as exemplified by the Ju 52/3m "Aunt Ju–, through to the start of intercontinental non-stop air travel in the late 1950s. As Lufthansa's first ultra-long-range aircraft, the Lockheed Super Star was able to cross oceans without refueling from 1958 and, as such, opened up new global trading routes for the "economic miracle– of the Federal Republic of Germany.