A vintage Hahnweide
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