A vin­tage Hah­n­weide

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

The nine­teenth Old­timer Fliegertr­e­f­fen on 13-15 Septem­ber at Hah­n­weide−the large glid­ing air­field near Kirch­heim-un­terTeck, east of Stuttgart−was well up to its usual stan­dard. In great weather, some 350 mostly his­toric air­craft took part, with vin­tage types dom­i­nat­ing. Or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from the lo­cal fly­ing group Wolf Hirth, ‘Hah­n­weide’ uniquely runs from dawn to beyond dusk. Two hours of un­re­stricted pub­lic air­field ac­cess be­gin each morn­ing. Air­borne ac­tiv­i­ties fol­low, a mass glider launch pre­ced­ing a mix of dis­plays, ar­rivals/de­par­tures and joy rides un­der­taken (this year) by Dragon Rapide D-ILIT and two Dornier Do27s. Sun­set flights from Mikael Carl­son’s Ble­riot Xi/fokker Tri­plane and, with dark­ness ar­riv­ing, Red Bull’s spec­tac­u­lar Blanik glid­ers, pre­cede fan­tas­tic light and mu­sic shows, il­lu­mi­nat­ing much of the flight­line. Once all this fin­ishes, vis­i­tors con­tinue to en­joy a latenight party at­mos­phere.

‘War­birds’ ar­rived from across Europe, sev­eral from the UK. Ul­ti­mate Fight­ers at Sy­well pro­vided its P-47D Nel­lie B and Buchón ‘White 9’, Stephen Stead his Big­gin/czech-based Spit­fire LF XVIE TE184 and Will Green­wood’s Yak-3 G-OLEG was joined by Yak9UM D-FIST. Ge­orge Perez’s Yak-11 F-AZNN from La Ferté-alais and SDPA’S P-51D F-AZSB and P-40N F-AZKU, flown across from Melun, made up the French con­tin­gent. Lo­cal at­ten­dees in­cluded P-51D Louisiana Kid (N6328T), Hur­ri­cane IIB G-CBOE and new­ly­im­ported Beech AT-11 Kansan N15KK/42-37337 (see Septem­ber’s ‘Old Timers’), pos­si­bly mak­ing the type’s very first Euro­pean air­show ap­pear­ance.

Hah­n­weide’s true ap­peal lies in the num­ber vin­tage air­craft as­sem­bled. The Bücker lineup was surely the largest seen in many years, with around twenty Jung­manns, in­clud­ing the Aus­trian Sport Fly­ing Club’s rarely-seen Lerche (Lark) OE-AKK−A struc­turally-im­proved, 180hp Ly­comin­gengined model for in­creased aer­o­batic per­for­mance−along with six Jung­meis­ters and five ‘Best­manns’ (ac­tu­ally Egyp­tian­built Gomhourias). Six Fw44 Stieglitzs at­tended and there was a good se­lec­tion of Klemms: two model 25s, five KL35S and four later KL107S. Aus­trian-reg­is­tered FI-156C-3 Storch OE-AKA and French Navy-marked MS505 D-EGTY high­lighted Fieseler’s leg­en­dar­ily STOL se­ries.

Cessna 337 EC-MYM, from Bur­gos in Spain, might have been the fur­thest-trav­elled vis­i­tor but Tony Ryan’s eleven-and-ahalf-hour flight from Comp­ton Ab­bas in his Air Camper G-OHAL must have been among the hardi­est. There were nu­mer­ous Stam­pes, Zlins and Cubs but only sin­gle ex­am­ples from the Aeronca, Lus­combe and Tay­lor­craft fam­i­lies. The sole Auster present was the un­usual J/1 Au­to­crat con­ver­sion HBEOP. Other high­lights in­cluded rare Cul­ver Cadet N24R and Beech D17S NC18785, newly res­i­dent in Ger­many and Bel­gium re­spec­tively. More US clas­sics and rar­i­ties came from the An­tique-aerofly­ers or­gan­i­sa­tion at Men­gen, Baden-würt­tem­berg, which con­trib­uted its Ryan STA, Cur­tiss Robin, Kin­ner Sport­ster and Tay­lor­craft L-2M.

Hah­n­weide is highly rec­om­mended but do note the next gath­er­ing will not be un­til Septem­ber 2022.

Re­port & pho­tos: Nigel Hitch­man

Hah­n­weide magic – a sun­set Blériot flight and a long line of vin­tage and war­bird vis­i­tors

Night-fliers – Red Bull’s Blanik glid­ers light up the sky

Made it! Af­ter a mam­moth 11.5 hrs’ fly­ing, Air Camper G-OHAL touches down

Only one Auster ar­rived: Ly­coming-pow­ered Au­to­crat HB-EOP

At­trac­tive Fw44 D-EMIG was one of six Stieglitzs at Hah­n­weide

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