We had found our way to this Air Museum near Trier, Germany on a beautiful day (31Jul05) and found it much bigger than we had expected.|
The museum is also known as Flugausstellung Leo Junior.
What better way to start a museum than a visit to a Lockheed Constellation: "The Queen of the Skies"!
D-ALIN is a Lockheed L.1049G (c/n 4604) and delivered to Lufthansa in March 1955. Lufthansa retired it on 10Jul67.
Below are a few images of D-ALIN's cockpit.
Before we explore the grounds any further we'll have a look inside where planes and engines have been put on display.
Junckers Ju-52 D-CIAD (c/n 016) has been put on an elevated display. In fact it is a Spanish-built CASA 352L|
There are stairs leading to the cockpit window, where one can have a look inside. The aircraft cannot be entered to have a look inside.
D-CIAD has been in service with the Spanish Air Force as T.2B-127 until 1971 and subsequently went to Kurfiss Aviation; it has been on display at several German Airports. The construction number is in doubt: it has also been referred to as c/n 128.
|The Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine, such as Douglas DC-6 (R-2800 CB 17) were equipped with.|
The Ilyushin IL-14P is truly a vintage transport. This transport had NATO codename Crate.|
Its registration is 3076 and c/n 14803076, on display in Polish AirForce markings.
The two engines are 1900hp Shvetsov Ash-82T piston radial engines.
The Il-14 was an improvement over the IL-12: the basic fuselage was retained, but wing was of a new design. The engines were more powerfull Ash-82T engines. The tailsection was redesigned too, resulting in a larger, square topped fin and rudder.|
The first flight of the IL-14 was in 1950 and production was started around 1953. Many variants were produced and it served as (VIP) transports, navigation trainers, photo surveyors, glider tugs, fishery- and iceberg patrol, freighter and ambulance aircraft.
The Ilyushin IL-14 was exported to many countries but was also license-built, as Avia 14, in Czechoslovakia by Avia. The VEB (Volks Eigene Betrieb) factory in Dresden built 80 VEB-14P's (1955-1958).
Another Classic Airliner: the Ilyushin IL-18D DDR-STH (c/n 184007305).|
Design of this Russian airliner started in 1950s, when designer A. Shvetsov and teamleader Sergei Ilyushin set themselves to design an airliner for the medium range with turbo-props engines and the ability to operate from unpaved runways. It would need to match the performance of the Vickers Viscount and the Lockheed L.188 Electra.
The Antonov An-26 52+08 (c/n 10706).|
During the years 1981 - 1990 it saw service with LSK/LVT (ventured as far as Africa during those years) and was registered DDR-SBB while serving with TS (Transport Squadron) 24; during the years with the Bundeswehr it was registered as 52+08 and it has been displayed since 1993, in Aero Caribbean colours, in this Museum. The colourscheme is fake as its entire career was with the military (Jim Tomlinson, thanks for the confirmation).
'Gexx' posted in reply on the Aviatsiya Forum [www.aviatsiya.ru discontinued by Oct.2007): "The delivery was Jan81 to East German Airforce and was wfu under the operation of the GAF on the 30Jan91. So the whole life was in military. It was sold to the museum 29Sep92 and delivered 11May93 by road. So I think it got its c/s there and they are fake." Thanks!
Alexandre Avrane of Aerotransport Database (ATDB) has a very interesting theory on the colourscheme: "I am not fully convinced this c/s is pure chance. As far as I remember this aircraft was one of 12 An-26 officially transferred to Interflug around 1984 with DDR-SBx markings but retaining the military low-viz sheme and in fact used on the long run to Angola (and Mozambique?) staging through Cairo and Uganda. In Angola we know that AeroCaribbean was more or less set-up initially by Fidel to send Cuban troops there. So that painting could be a discrete wink from a time when "Interflug" and AeroCaribbean An-26s were parked side by side on some dusty airfields..." Merci Alexandre!
The An-26 is a development of the Antonov An-24RT. One of the main modifications was a rear loading ramp. More than 1,100 of this versatile transport aircraft were built. Production ended in 1978.
Germany is on the crossroads of East and West and the excellent collection reflects this: it has both Eastern- as well as Western-produced airliners; such as this Vickers 814D Viscount D-ANAM (c/n 368). It was delivered to Lufthansa on 17Apr59.|
The prototype of the Vickers Viscount made its first flight in 1948! By 1950, the early 32-seater design had grown to accommodate 40-53 passengers. The -700D series were equipped with Rolls Royce Dart 510 (1600shp) engines, while the 810 series had RR Dart 541 turboprops (2100shp).
C/n 368 - Viscount V.814|
First flight 08Apr59 - German permit to fly was issued on 14Apr59, certificate of registration issued on 22Apr59. Delivered to Deutsche Lufthansa 17Apr59 as D-ANAM.
Withdrawn from use on 12Feb70 and stored at Hamburg, where it was used for apprentice training. By this time it had amassed a total of 21.309 flying hours and 22.184 cycles.
It went to Hermeskeil in Oct76 for preservation at the Luftfahrtausstellung Junior Museum.
During the 1980s it was seen in Lufthansa colours but without titles, except for 'Viscount' -titles on the fuselage and ' 814' on the fin.
By Sep07 it was still there, in BAF colours but without titles or registration.
Source: "The Vickers Viscount" (- by Rayner G C Kittle; Air-Britain Historians Ltd, 2008)
The Nord N.2501D Noratlas D-ACUT (c/n 065), is ex Luftwaffe 52+56. |
I would like to know more about its service with EFL / Elbe-Flug.
The Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Dakota, 111 (c/n 19460).|
The fact that a DC-3 is included in the collection of this museum came as no great surprise, but one decorated in the colours of the Royal Jordanian Air Force is quite something else!
It was delivered to the US Army Air Force as 42-100997 in January 1944. The history of this Douglas transport apparently has been lost, but it ended up at some point in the Middle East, with the Jordanian Air Force: how, why and when I could not say. It may have been returned to the USAF, maybe not, but it seems to have been registered as N62443 for one J.V. Masin of Rodenkierchen in West Germany in Feb. 1975. Registration N62443 was cancelled in 1976 and it has been preserved since 1981. See below!!!
In June 2006 I received a very interesting email from Joe Masin-
A look inside the cabin and the cockpit.
Percival Pembroke C.54, ex Luftwaffe 54+24 (c/n 1016) and now decorated in RAF markings.|
The Pembroke entered service with the RAF in 1953; it operated in the light transport and communications role.
Concorde F-WTSA is a replica and has been put to good use: it is a cafeteria !|
It seems Leo and Peter Junior have built this replica themselves? Details welcomed !!
External links and sources:
Hermeskeil - Leo Junior Flugausstellung
Hermeskeil on Airliners.net
D-ALIN on www.conniesurvivors.com
Concorde, the fleet
3 pages Hermeskeil on www.henktito.com
Hermeskeil Air Museum on www.luftfahrtmuseum.com
VC-10 G-ARVF on www.vc10.net
former DDR "survivors" (German)
Vickers Viscount Production List on Hampshire Aviation History Website
[http://home.wxs.nl/~raaph019/dakotas-europe.html: A 2001 list of DC-3s in Europe (Discontinued, or moved?)]
Classic Airliners, by Tom Singfield (Midland Publishing, 2000)