Hahnweide’s vintage potpourri
The Oldtimer Fliegertreffen at Hahnweide, near Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany is like no other gathering in Europe. Take a portion of Duxford, a helping of Old Warden, season with a pinch of Sywell and Lasham and you get the idea! Since the 1970s Fliegergruppe Wolf Hirth has hosted vintage meetings here. Held on 9-11 September, the eighteenth Oldtimer Fly-in proved as popular as ever with 350 aircraft booked into this huge field.
The airfield was transformed each day from a sleepy glider field into a hive of activity. The visiting aircraft park was home to neatly parked rows of classics. This was dominated by over forty Piper Cubs and Super Cubs – although an example sporting floats rather stood out! Interspersed amongst these were examples of types not often seen elsewhere in Europe such as the Putzer Elster, Scheibe Sperling and Klemm 107. Numerous Jodels, Zlins and former German Air Force Dornier Do27s and Piaggio 149s could also be seen. On the opening day three JU Air Junkers Ju52s from Dubendorf flew a formation routine and one stayed through the weekend offering pleasure flights.
The display programme included a number of warbirds including Karl Grimminger’s German-based Hurricane. Perhaps the most unusual was a pair of Flamants, one of which retains a WWII paint scheme adopted for its role in the Dunkirk movie representing a Bloch MB174.
Jet noise is seldom heard at Hahnweide but a welcome arrival was the turbine-powered ex Swiss Air Force F+W 3605 target tug — its bizarre appearance earning it the nickname ‘Anteater’. The greatest head-turner was the Flugmuseum Messerschmitt ME262B replica whose routine included a low approach and go-around on the final day.
At the other end of the spectrum, the early days of aviation were represented by skilful displays by Mikael Carlson in his 50hp Gnome Omega-powered Blériot XI (original Swedish built Thulin A) and 110hp Le Rhone-powered Fokker Dr1. BMW Classic Museum’s 1927 Klemm L25a D-EBMX, the oldest original airworthy German aircraft with the oldest BMW aero engine, made a rare trip away from Munich. It has a unique propeller with an LED strobe system set in the propeller blades that displays the BMW name and logo.
As Hahnweide is renowned for gliding it was inevitable that an excellent selection of vintage gliders was on show with some gracefully flown during the day and a pair of Red Bull Blaniks with pyro equipment offering a stunning dusk routine.
Hahnweide is not just an airshow – it is truly a gathering and the variety of classic types ranged along the crowdline enabled
visitors to enjoy examples of aircraft rarely seen. Interspersed with the warbirds was a group of American designed classics including: Kinner Sportster B-1, Bellanca Cruisair, Ryan STA plus Curtiss Robin (all from Antique Aeroflyers), Culver Cadet, WACO UEC, WACO YKS-6 and Stinson SR9. Several Stieglitz, Klemm 35s, a pair of Fiesler Storchs, and large numbers of Bücker Jungmanns represented more locally designed types. Amongst the visiting aircraft from the UK was 1928 Travel Air 4000 NC5427, in which Tom Leaver and Jonathon Whaley made a notable 14hr 50min, 1,170nm round trip from Compton Abbas, for which they were presented with a ‘coveted wooden airplane award’. Report: Tim Badham
Left: superb and varied warbird line-up Top: standing out among the Cubs, PA-18 amphibian NH7814 one you’ll not see elsewhere in Europe, the Putzer Elster
German-based Hurricane XII
Yak-11 and Flamant pair, nearer aircraft pretending to be a Bloch MB174 bomber
Flugmuseum Messerschmitt ME262B
F+W C3605 ‘Anteater’ target tug
Mikael Carlson’s Thulin Blériot XI
Red Bull Blaniks with pyro equipment flying a stunning dusk routine
1927 Klemm Kl 25 with LED system set in the propeller
Antique Aeroflyers’ Curtiss Robin NC292E
A brace of Storchs
Antique Aeroflyers’ rare 1934 Kinner Sportster B-1
Handsome Klemm 35
Sunset flight for Mikael Carlson’s authentic Dr1