Trips / Salzburg

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Salzburg, Where Eagles Dare
May 3/7, 2012
EHHV; Hilversum EDFZ; Mainz Finthen LOWS; Salzburg LOGO; Niederoblarn EDQE; Burg Feuerstein EDQT; Hassfurt EDQC; Coburg EDFL; Giessen EDFQ; Allendorf/Eder EDLP; Paderborn-Lippstadt



Where Eagles Dare

On Thursday, March 3 2012, Laurence and Rene started a trip to Salzburg. We also visited some of the film locations of the 1968 adventure film "Where Eagles Dare", and we made a flying trip over the cable car to "Schloss Adler", the Feuerkogel Seilbahn, then to Aigen im Emmstal military airport where the "Oberhausen airfield" scenes were filmed, passing Mount Grimming to Niederoblarn airport. On the way back to Salzburg we overflew the town of Werfen and the Burg Hohenwerfen, that was used as "Schloss Adler, the Castle of Eagles", in the movie. In February 2008 we overflew the location from where the opening scene was filmed, and the town of Lofer, where Werfen town scenes were filmed.

In July 2013, when we were again in the area (see trip report), we visited Lofer ("Werfen"), and visited the hilltop from where the opening scene of the movie was filmed. In August of the same year, we visited Friedrichshafen, from where we made a sightseeing flight with a Junkers Ju 52 (more).


Where Eagles Dare


Where Eagles Dare (opening scene)

Where Eagles Dare (trailer on YouTube) is a 1968 World War II action film starring Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Ingrid Pitt and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria. Alistair MacLean wrote the novel and the screenplay at the same time. It was his first screenplay; both film and book became commercial successes.

Where Eagles There, then and now


Hohenwerfen
Hohenwerfen
Rene at Hohenwerfen
Rene at Hohenwerfen
Rene at Werfen, view to train station
Rene at Werfen, view to train station
Laurence, view to Werfen
Laurence, view to Werfen
Pension Egger in Lofer
Pension Egger in Lofer
Smith and Schaffer entering Zum Wilden Hirsch
Smith and Schaffer entering Zum Wilden Hirsch
Escape from staff car
Escape from staff car
Wiestal Landesstrasse
Wiestal Landesstrasse
Laurence at Feuerkogel Seilbahn
Laurence at Feuerkogel Seilbahn
Rene at Feuerkogel Seilbahn
Rene at Feuerkogel Seilbahn
Aigen im Ennstal AB
Aigen im Ennstal AB
Aigen im Ennstal airfield
Aigen im Ennstal airfield
Aigen airfield with mount Grimming
Aigen airfield with mount Grimming
Ju-52 approaching Oberhausen airfield
Ju-52 approaching Oberhausen airfield

Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare; then and now

Follow this link for more pictures of Where Eagles Dare movie locations. The page includes pictures of Hohenwerfen castle, Werfen, Lofer, the Feuerkogel cable car, the military airfield Aigen im Ennstal, and the still flying Junkers 52 with registration HB-HOT.



From Hilversum to Salzburg

After we arrived at Hilversum on Thursday morning, we had to wait for an hour or two for the weather to improve. There were low clouds, and also visibility was limited. We took off from runway 18 at 11:00h LT, and informed Hilversum radio upon request on the cloud base. We first flew to the east to the better weather before turning to the south-east towards Mainz. At Mainz we briefly met Carsten, who brought us the bag that Rene had left at home of Carsten and Maria, and did not collect when we returned from the Budapest trip on Tuesday because Rene immediately flew on to Hilversum to avoid the bad weather that was forecasted for Wednesday in the Frankfurt region. We departed Mainz for Salzburg, where we first did some sight-seeing. We overflew Berchtesgaden, and then over Werfen and Hohenwerfen before landing at Salzburg airport. At Salzburg airport we rented a car, and we drove to the hotel in the center of Salzburg.

Laurence at Hilversum airfield
Laurence at Hilversum airfield
Stop at Mainz Finthen
Stop at Mainz Finthen
Allianz Arena in Munich
Allianz Arena in Munich
Laurence at Salzburg airport
Laurence at Salzburg airport
Hohensalzburg castle
Hohensalzburg castle
In Salzburg
In Salzburg



Trip to Niederoblarn

On Friday Laurence and Rene first drove to the airport for a local flying trip. We flew via the Mondsee, the south of the Attersee to the Traunsee, where we overflew Ebensee and had a view on the Feuerkogel. Then we continued in the direction of nearby Bad Ischl, where we passed some rain, and then in the direction of the mountain Grosser Grimming. Aigen im Ennstal tower approved a low approach from the south-west, and after passing the airfield we turned to the south-west where we had a view on the east side of mount Grimming. We passed Aigen im Ennstal airfield again, and then landed at Niederoblarn. After fueling, we followed the valley to the west in the direction of Werfen, and then we landed at Salzburg again. In the afternoon we drove to Ebensee, Hohenwerfen and Werfen.

Ebensee
Ebensee
Final runway 22 Niederoblarn
Final runway 22 Niederoblarn
Laurence at Niederoblarn airport
Laurence at Niederoblarn airport
Passing Hohenwerfen castle
Passing Hohenwerfen castle



From Salzburg to Paderborn

On Saturday morning we left Salzburg to fly to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport. Later we encountered the east-west weather front that formed a barrier that could not be taken under visual flight rules. After first diverting to Coburg, we flew to Mainz, south along the front. From Frankfurt it is easy to get home by train in case the next day would not be flyable. We stayed with Carsten and Maria, and in the evening we met Andreas, Klaus and Karin for diner at a restaurant nearby. Monitoring the weather closely on the internet, the next day it appeared that we could fly to Paderborn following a clearing that moved to the north. We departed Mainz at around one o'clock. North of Giessen, the clouds became from broken to overcast, and Rene did not want to overfly the overcast because of the high terrain on the route and the overcast was too low. We landed at Giessen, and then flew up north again under the overcast following the lower terrain. We could not continue over the Sauerland, and had to wait until the next day at Allendorf before we could make the last few miles to Paderborn.

Rene and Laurence at Salzburg airport
Rene and Laurence at Salzburg airport
Rene at Burg Feuerstein airport
Rene at Burg Feuerstein airport
Encountering marginal weather
Encountering marginal weather
Bad weather in the Frankfurt area
Frankfurt area


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