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#1 gwb123

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 06:51 PM

Back when I was stationed in Germany in the early 1980's, my sister flew over to stay with me for awhile.

 

Flying commercial, I had her come into Frankfurt International, which was only a couple of hours from Baumholder.

 

As I made my way into the terminal, I glanced over at the next roof top... 

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 06:56 PM

"No way...." I said to myself.

 

There was the clear outline of the tail of an HE-111.  The plane was parked with others on the roof of the main terminal.  I knew even then that this was a rare bird.

 

When I got my photos developed, I was more stunned to make out a JU-87 and an ME-262, with wartime markings no less.

 

I made a mental note to go back for a closer look, but somehow never made it.

 

Over the years, I even thought I had imagined this scene, until I found this in some old photos. 

 

I surmised it was some sort of exhibit.  But you have to understand very little of the wartime period was outside in open display like that.

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 07:04 PM

Fast forward to the present day, and the miracle of the Internet.

 

https://www.flickr.c...N07/15890524997

 

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Frankfurt International Airport used to have a small vintage aircraft collection on the roof of the main terminal, including a Messerschmitt Me 262, a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka replica, and a Heinkel He 111--the latter, in actuality, one of the Spanish C.211s. Apparently the collection is no longer there, though the C.211 is now at another aviation museum at Hermeskeil, Germany.

 

This aircraft is one of the C.211s used in the movie "Battle of Britain," with Merlin engines. Dad got this picture on a typically rainy spring afternoon in 1980."

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 07:11 PM

Here is a longer list of other aircraft and replicas that were in the collection.  I will see if I can hunt down additional photos.  Sadly, the collection has been dispersed all over Germany and can no longer be seen in one location.

 

 

http://www.warbirdin...pic.php?t=26253

 

 

Here are the facts on the Air Klassic Colection- better than I had thought!

"The Air Classic collection was closed in the early nineties, when the airport needed the space for another use. All aircraft were sold to different museums in Germany. Some also belonged to the airport company:
Nothing was scrapped, but some of the mockups did not survive the weather influence over the years.


Antonov AN-2 on show at Luftfahrtmuseum Merseburg
Bücker Bü 131 (CASA 1.131) may be still on store at Frankfurt Airport
Bücker Bü 181 private near Cologne, for sale
Dornier Do 27 on show at Luftfahrtmuseum Merseburg
Douglas DC 3 restored and on show at Munich airport
Fieseler Fi 156 (MS.500) reskinned and on show at Auto + Technik Museum Sinsheim
Focke Wulf Fw 190 A mockup to Luftfahrtmuseum Schwenningen, destroyed there due to weather
Fokker Dr I replica on loan at August-Euler-Museum Griesheim
Fokker D VI replica on show at Luftfahrtmuseum Merseburg
Fokker D VII replica on show at Luftfahrtmuseum Merseburg
Heinkel He 111 (CASA 2.111) on show at Flugausstellung Hermeskeil
Junkers Ju 52 (CASA 352) restored and on show at Munich airport
Junkers Ju 87 B mockup same as Fw 190
Klemm Kl 35 restored and on show at Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Lockheed Super Constellation restored and on show at Munich airport
Messerschmitt Bf 108 (Nord 1002) on show at Stuttgart airport
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E mockup same as Fw 190
Messerschmitt Me 163 B mockup on show at Luftfahrtmuseum Merseburg
Messerschmitt Me 208 (Nord 1101) on loan at August-Euler-Museum Griesheim
Messerschmitt Me 262 A mockup same as Fw 190"



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Posted 09 March 2020 - 07:23 PM

Photo of the ME-262 replica.

 

On all of the aircraft the swastika was omitted from otherwise accurate markings.  The colored bands indicate a Home Defense unit. 

 

Photo Credit:  Ed Walton

 

https://www.flickr.c...05/39858282511/

 

https://www.flickriv.../schwalbe/pool/

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 07:30 PM

The ME-163 replica.  In looking at these, you wonder if any of the replicas used a portion of original parts. 

 

https://www.flickr.c...in/photostream/

 

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Posted 10 March 2020 - 08:14 AM

Great post, I seen the JU 52 there in June 1992, landed at Frankfurt to switch to connecting fight to Cologne, was on vacation.



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Posted 10 March 2020 - 11:36 AM

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Gil! I wasn´t aware of the former aviation exhibit at the Frankfurt Airport.

I´ll visit the aviation museum in Hermeskeil (which is 40 kilometers away from Baumholder) next month. They have a couple of very rare birds there.

 

https://en.wikipedia...ng_Peter_Junior

 



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Posted 10 March 2020 - 01:07 PM

Gil likewise thank you! I went through Frankfurt-Rhine Main many times, but never saw these during those years. I am sure I would have had the same reaction as when I would look up and see and hear a Lancaster or Spitfire fly over my house when I was living in the U.K. out of Duxford.

Edited by Dirk, 10 March 2020 - 01:09 PM.



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