Aviatik “Berg Scout“ When you think of military aircraft operated by the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One, aircraft manufacturers like Fokker, Albatros and Gotha generally spring to mind. The German Aviatik aircraft company is probably lesser known to most and the aircraft produced by the Austro-Hungarian branch of Aviatek probably even… Read More Austrian Aviation Heritage: Aviatik (Berg) D.I – A Hidden Treasure from World War One!
It may be a small aviation collection at the Technical Museum Vienna (Technisches Museum Wien) but it includes pre-war and World War One aircraft that are highly significant to Austrian aviation history. The most important in the collection is a 1910 Etrich-II Taube (Dove) aircraft, that with its unique bird wing style design takes centre stage… Read More Austrian Aviation Heritage: Etrich-II Taube – On the Wings of a Dove
A highlight of the Technik Museum Speyer is to be able to see their original Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 (Werk Nummer 19310) fighter in wartime livery and markings with its powerful Daimler-Benz DB 605A engine exposed too. It’s a beauty! According to the museum 1,242 Bf 109G-4 variants were produced and this is the only remaining… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 a JG 52 Eagle
One of the impressive aspects of the Technik Museum Speyer in Germany is the way they have positioned aircraft in the airpark atop plinths and the like. The Lufthansa Boeing 747-230 named “Schleswig-Holstein” is something else though – a) it’s a Jumbo Jet! b) the structure it sits atop is huge! c) what an experience… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Lufthansa 747 Soaring High!
Soviet Buran Program The Buran shuttle program (also known as the VKK Space Orbiter program – Buran or “Буран” in Russian means “Snowstorm“) was the biggest and most expensive undertaking ever in Soviet space exploration. The program began in 1974 in response to the NASA Space Shuttle program (apparently initially due to the suspicion it… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet Buran OK-GLI Aerodynamic Test Shuttle
In addition to the aircraft flown by East Germany, the Technik Museum Speyer also has plenty of other Cold War era Soviet and Warsaw Pact aircraft in its halls and airpark. It’s pretty cool to enter the belly of a Beast from the East as you walk inside a huge 1960’s era Antonov An-22 Cock strategic… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Soviet & Warsaw Pact Tech
To complement the aircraft formerly operated by West Germany during the Cold War, the Technik Museum Speyer also has a number of aircraft operated by the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR) – East Germany. Some of the former GDR aircraft were integrated into the new German Luftwaffe following the German unification of 1990 and others were… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – East German Tech