3 May 2012 Salzburg (2)
4 May 2012 Niederoblarn (2)
5 May 2012 Mainz (5)
6 May 2012 Allendorf (2)
7 May 2012 Paderborn (1)
Salzburg, Where Eagles Dare
On Thursday, March 3 2012, Laurence and René 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 we flew to the military airfield Aigen im Emmstal where the
Oberhausen airfield scenes were filmed.
From Aigen im Emmstal to Niederöblarn we passed Mount Grimming.
On the way back to Salzburg we overflew the real 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 the
Werfen town scenes were filmed.
In July 2013, when we were again in the area, we visited Lofer (
Werfen) and saw the movie locations there, including Pension Egger (
Zum Wilden Hirsch), and we 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 Ju52.
The movie Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare (trailer on ) 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.
Visiting Where Eagles Dare movie locations
Below are pictures of the Where Eagles Dare movie locations. The pictures are in order of the movie screenplay. If you are familiar with the movie, see if you can recognize the locations. Below the pictures is a link to the movie locations with the frames from the movie.
René at Hohenwerfen
René at Werfen, view to train station
Laurence, view to Werfen
Walking in Lofer
Pension Egger in Lofer
Laurence at Feuerkogel Seilbahn
René at Feuerkogel Seilbahn
The Heimathaus in Lofer
Aigen im Ennstal AB
Aigen im Ennstal airfield
Aigen airfield with mount Grimming
Flight from Friedrichshafen in a Ju52
With the Ju52 HB-HOY
Where Eagles Dare; then and now
Here are the movie locations with the frames from the movie.
On 4 August 2018, the Junkers Ju52 passenger aircraft with registration HB-HOT and operated by Ju-Air crashed near Piz Segnas, Switzerland, while en route from Locarno to Dübendorf. All 20 people on board were killed. It was the plane that had been used in the films Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Valkyrie (2008).
4 August 2018
Switzerland crash: Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash
The plane came down high above sea level in the Swiss Alps
The plane – a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when it took off on Saturday afternoon.
The JU-52 aircraft, which was constructed in 1939, was flying from Locarno, near Switzerland’s southern border, to airline JU-Air's base in Dübendorf, a suburb of Zurich.
It crashed into the western peak of Piz Segnas, a 3,000-metre (10,000-ft) mountain above the resort of Flims, in the south-east of the country, shortly before 5pm (4pm BST) on Saturday, the impact occurring at 2,540 metres.
The victims – 11 men and nine women, aged from 42 to 84, including two pilots and a flight attendant – were all Swiss, apart from an Austrian couple and their son.
The flying trip
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 about 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 René had left at the home of Carsten and Maria, and did not take with him when we returned from the Budapest trip on Tuesday because René immediately flew on to Hilversum to avoid the bad weather that was forecasted for Wednesday in the Frankfurt region.
After we had picked-up the bag, 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
Stop at Mainz Finthen
Allianz Arena in Munich
Laurence at Salzburg airport
Trip to Niederoblarn
On Friday Laurence and René first drove to Salzburg 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.
Final runway 22 Niederoblarn
Laurence at Niederoblarn airport
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 René 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.
René and Laurence at Salzburg airport
René at Burg Feuerstein airport
Encountering marginal weather