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Dr. Christoph Vernaleken is a German physicist with a doctorate in engineering, and he has been fascinated by airplanes his whole life. He is particularly passionate about historic warplanes, after his father took him to visit the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the world’s largest museum of science and technology.
Although his interest for airplanes has been in evidence throughout his career – Dr. Vernaleken worked in aviation safety and flight deck research at TU Darmstadt, before joining Airbus Defense and Space in 2008 – his passion project for the last 23 years has been recreating the cockpit of the rare Junkers Ju 388 L warplane.