Looking for information on a Junkers A50 photograph please

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  1. Charles Meagher

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    Hello all. I recently picked up this photograph with a group of others that belonged to the SS-Fliegersturm circa 1932. I believe this is a Junkers A50 but please correct me if I am wrong. I was wondering what the A9 meant on the side. At first I thought it was a Junkers A9 but I guess there was never a plane with that name. Thank you!

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    A race number?
     
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    Thank you Capt.Vick. It was a sports plane so that makes sense. Was it common to use both letters and numbers as a racing ID?
     
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    That 64 seen to the left is most likely the rgistration: D-1864

    I double checked and there were no other German A50 registrations that ended in 64.

    If that's the case, then this is it's history:
    Junkers A50ce
    c/n: 3542
    civil registry: D-1864
    Registered owner: Junkers 00.06.30
    Notes: participated in Deutschlandflug 1930
    Fate: Destroyed 2.31
     
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    Amazing! Thank you so much!
     
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    You're welcome!

    There's more info out there that may point you in the direction of better information on your photo.

    It looks like that A50 in the photo was taken in 1930, at the Deutschlandflug competition, also known as Challenge International de Tourisme.

    The Germans had A50 aircraft entered in that competition. As it turns out, only 36 international competitors out of a field of 60 finished the competition and A9 was assigned, but isn't mentioned in the results, so it appears it failed to finish.

    However, three of your photo's sister ships that completed the competition:
    D-1618 (assigned A1) placed 15th
    D-1863 (assigned E2) placed 27th
    D-1862 (assigned A8) placed 29th

    There is a wiki page that covers the 1930 competition, but some of the numbers are off, as Junkers had 4 entrants, yet it shows 3...anyway, here's the link if you'd like to read more about it:
    Challenge International de Tourisme 1930 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    If I have time, I'll see if I can find better info.
     
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    Well done guys. :thumbright:
     
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    When I posted this question I really didn't expect much. But Wowzers! This photo came from an album that belonged to a member of the National Socialist SS-Fliegersturm which was formed in late 1931 and later disbanded as the members went into the German Air Sports Association in 1933. Here are other photos from the same album:
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