Trips / Mittelland Canal

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Mittelland Canal, Amsterdam and Rechlin-Lärz
11/13 March 2017
EDLP; Paderborn-Lippstadt EHTE; Teuge EHLE; Lelystad EDAX; Laerz



From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Teuge

The weather outlook for the weekend of March 12, 2017 and the beginning of the week to follow was quite good. As it is more and more difficult to rent a nice travel plane in The Netherlands, even for little trips René falls back to the aeroclub at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport.

On Saturday morning Maurits and René drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt to pick-up the booked Cessna 182. On the way up, René called Hilversum airfield. The airport was PPR due to wet condition of the grass airfield. Only local flights with light airplanes were approved, so we decided to fly to Teuge instead. René contacted Goof if he had room in his hangar for two nights, and told René that it would be possible to put the plane in an hangar at Teuge.

When we arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt, we checked and fueled the plane. We taxied to runway 06, and then departed to the north. We first flew to Minden, and from there we followed the Mittelland Canal to Rheine. From there we flew direct to Teuge, where we landed on runway 08.

Cessna 182 at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Cessna 182 at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Gorge Wiehen Hills at Porta Westfalica
Gorge Wiehen Hills at Porta Westfalica
Intersection Mittelland Canal/River Weser
Intersection Mittelland Canal/River Weser
Mittelland Canal to the west
Mittelland Canal to the west
Branch Mittelland Canal to Osnabruck
Branch Mittelland Canal to Osnabrück
Mittelland Canal/Dortmund-Ems Canal connection
Mittelland Canal and Dortmund-Ems Canal
Final runway 08 Teuge airport
Final runway 08 Teuge airport
Rene and Maurits at Teuge airport
René and Maurits at Teuge airport
Maurits closing hangar doors
Maurits closing hangar doors
Cessna 182 in the hangar
Cessna 182 in the hangar

Mittelland Canal
Mittelland Canal
Mittelland Canal
With a length of 326 kilometres, the Mittelland Canal is the longest artificial waterway in Germany. It forms an important link in the waterway network of Germany, providing the principal east-west inland waterway connection. Its significance goes beyond Germany as it links France, Switzerland and the Benelux countries with Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic Sea.

Old Minden Aqueduct
Old Minden Aqueduct
Construction of the Mittelland Canal was started in 1906, starting near Rheine on the Dortmund-Ems Canal. The section to Minden on the Weser was opened in February 1915 and was initially named Ems-Weser-Kanal. At Minden the canal crosses the river Weser over two aqueducts (the second completed in 1998), and near Magdeburg it crosses the Elbe, also with an aqueduct.

Magdeburg Water Bridge
Magdeburg Water Bridge

The section from Minden to Hanover was finished in the autumn of 1916. The section to Sehnde was completed in 1928, Peine was reached in 1929, and Braunschweig in 1933. The final section to Magdeburg was opened in 1938. After the reunification of Germany, the project to bridge the Elbe was started, and the resulting Magdeburg Water Bridge opened in 2003, providing a direct link to the Elbe-Havel Canal.



Lelystad and a local flight

On Sunday, René was going to fly with an acquaintance of Veleda over Amsterdam and his hometown Vinkeveen from Lelystad airport. Goof was joining, as he wanted to join a training briefing of Yak-52 flyers at Lelystad airport. René and his passenger made a flight from Lelystad over Amsterdam and Vinkeveen. After landing at Lelystad and paying the fees, we watched two of the Yak's starting their training flight. Then we flew back to Teuge.

Goof with the C182
Goof with the C182
Amsterdam centre
Amsterdam centre
Vinkeveen
Vinkeveen
Three Yak-52's at Lelystad
Three Yak-52's at Lelystad



From Teuge to Rechlin-Lärz

On Monday morning René decided to visit the Luftfahrttechnischen Museum Rechlin. René had visited Rechlin before in 2011, but had not yet visited the museum at the former Luftwaffe test centre. René had agreed with Goof to call him to open the hangar, and then also asked Goof he would be interested to join for a flight to Rechlin. Goof agreed, and after fueling the plane we took-off from runway 28 to Lärz airport in the east of Germany. At Rechlin, we first circled the former Rechlin airfield before we landed at Lärz airport runway 07. From there we took a taxi to the museum.

C182 at Teuge airport
C182 at Teuge airport
Goof and Rene
Goof and René
Former Rechlin and Roggentin airfields
Former Rechlin and Roggentin airfields
Larz airport
Lärz airport
Rene at Larz airport
René at Lärz airport
Goof and operator at Larz airport
Goof and operator at Lärz airport

Rechlin-Lärz
Rechlin
Rechlin
Rechlin-Lärz is a former military airfield with a long history. Construction of the first airfield at Rechlin started in 1916. The airfield was officially opened on 29 August 1918. After the end of World War I, the airfield was closed again and many of its installations dismantled. During the 1920s, the airfield was reopened as a civilian airbase, but it was soon used as a testing ground for the secret German air force experiments.

Dornier Do335 Pfeil
Dornier Do335 "Pfeil"
In 1935, the Rechlin airfield became the official testing ground of the newly formed Luftwaffe. The airfield was expanded by constructing two more airfields: one just east of the main site (Roggentin) and one just south of the main site (Lärz), which became the modern 21st century airfield site. After several Allied bombing runs on the Rechlin and Roggentin airfields in 1944, testing of late-war planes was shifted just southwards to Lärz.

Mig 27s at Rechlin-Larz
Mig 27s at Rechlin-Lärz

On April 10, 1945, a final bomber attack by the US Army Air Forces almost completely destroyed the airfields. What was left was blown up by the German garrison before Soviet troops arrived at Rechlin on May 2. In 1946, the Soviet Air Force established a permanent presence at the airbase. Military usage of the airfields continued until 1993, when the last Russian air force units were moved home. The Rechlin airfield was reopened for civilian use in 1994.

(More about the history of Rechlin-Lärz at this page)

Luftfahrttechnischen Museum Rechlin

Rechlin
The Luftfahrttechnisches Museum Rechlin is located in the historic building complex of the Luftwaffe of the Third Reich - Group North. These buildings were used by the Soviet forces in Germany after 1945 and were released with their withdrawal in March 1993. On August 1, 1998, the Luftfahrttechnisches Museum Rechlin opened its doors for visitors. the museum continues to develop it's representation of the history of Rechlin and its surroundings.

Luftfahrttechnisches Museum Rechlin

Ticket

Rechlin museum
Sights of the Luftfahrttechnisches Museum Rechlin

Waarom wij vliegen (Column Goof) & article Piloot en Vliegtuig 1/3 - 2/3 - 3/3



From Rechlin-Lärz to Paderborn-Lippstadt

After we visited the museum, we took a taxi back to Lärz airport. We flew direct to Paderborn-Lippstadt, where we made a straight-in approach to runway 24. After parking the plane in the hangar, we drove back to Teuge. After good-bye René drove home.

Panel of the Cessna 182
Panel of the Cessna 182
River Elbe
River Elbe
Elbe-Seiten Canal
Elbe-Seiten Canal
River Weser
River Weser
Arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt
Arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt
Finishing the paperwork
Finishing the paperwork


Links

Rechlin-Laerz
Erbrobungsstelle Rechlin
The Third Reich era's Luftwaffe main testing ground

Peenemunde
Trip report to Peenemünde, Rechlin-Lärz and Uelzen, 19 April 2011


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