From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Schleißheim
On Sunday Morning, July 16, Veleda and René flew from Paderborn-Lippstadt to Schleißheim, on the northern edge of Munich in Bavaria, to visit the Deutsches Museum in Munich, and the Flugwerft Schleißheim at the airport.
René was particularly interested to see the Junkers F13, the world's first all-metal transport aircraft, developed in Germany at the end of World War I, and on display at the Deutsches Museum. However, the section in which the Junkers F13 is on display was closed for renovation.
Some exhibits had been moved from the main location in Munich to the Flugwerft Schleißheim, but unfortunately that did not include the Junkers F13. So that is still on the list to be seen.
The flight to Schleißheim was uneventful. We took-off from runway 24 of Paderborn-Lippstadt airport, and we landed after one hour and fourty minutes on runway 25 of Schleißheim.
Fuel station Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Departure Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Final runway 25 Schleißheim airport
Veleda at Schleißheim airport
History Oberschleißheim airfield
Oberschleißheim airfield 1912
Oberschleißheim Airfield is located in the north of Munich, close to the old Bavarian palace buildings. The airfield and its historic buildings were constructed between 1912 and 1919 by the Königlich-Bayerische Fliegertruppen (Royal Bavarian Flying Corps). At the time, there were airfields already in existance, most notably the first airfield in the world that opened in 1909 at Bétheny near Reims, and the first German airfield at Berlin-Johannisthal.
The command station and two wooden hangars from that time still exist today. During the first World War the Flugwerft was the garrison of a pilot training unit. The airfield was enlarged by numerous buildings. After World War I the airfield was used for civilian aviation. The first airline companies were established that carried mail and passengers in converted military aircraft.
Oberschleißheim airfield 1912
From 1927 on civil pilots are trained by "Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule". The Udet-Flamingo was the standard training aircraft of the German Commercial Pilot School at Schleißheim Airfield. Starting in 1933, during the Third Reich, the airfield was re-militarized. The Pilot School at Schleissheim increasingly got the character of fighter pilot school.
Messerschmitt Bf 110
Schleißheim is used for the training of fighter and bomber crews. From March 1939 onwards, Schleißheim was a pure Fighter Pilot School, and beginning of August 1939 pursuit interceptor training commenced. In 1943 the training of night fighters starts. In September 1943, Schleißheim became homebase of the night interceptor squadron 6. During the last year of the war, Schleißheim was hit by several heavy air strikes.
UH-1 Hueys at Schleißheim 1966
After the war the US-Army came to the location. Until 1968 American helicopter units were stationed at the "Schleißheim Army Air Base". In the 1960s helicopter pilots were trained at Schleißheim, mainly for duty in Vietnam. After founding of the "Bundeswehr" German soldiers too used the airfield. Military use of the airfield ended in 1981. In 1992, the Flugwerft Schleißheim opened as a branch museum for aviation of the Deutsches Museum.
Upon arriving at Schleißheim we first booked a hotel near the Deutsches Museum in Munich, and then we called for a taxi to bring us to the hotel. After some time the taxi arrived, and on the way to Munich we passed the Allianz Arena, the stadium of Bayern Munich. At the hotel we first checked in to put our luggage in the hotel room, and then we walked to the nearby museum. The sections Aviation 1918-1945, Modern Aviation and the Physics of Flight were closed as part of a modernisation programme, but the Historic aviation exhibition was open.
After visiting the museum, we walked to the nearby Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. On the north side of the Marienplatz is the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus). The Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall draws millions of tourists a year, and it played while we were at the Marienplatz.
We walked the Altstadt, and there was a small demonstration going on at the Karlsplatz Stachus, that probably had something to do with the coup of the night before in Turkey. We walked away from it, and we had diner in the Altstadt. After diner we walked some more in the area, and later in the evening we had drinks at the hotel before going to sleep.
Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich
Deutsches Museum, Aviation Exhibition
Early history of flight
René at the Deutsches Museum
Reproduction of cave of Altamira
Neues Rathaus München
Neues Rathaus Glockenspiel
The next morning we checked out from the hotel, and we took a taxi back to Schleißheim airport. We first put our luggage in the plane, and then we walked to the Flugwerft Schleißheiman, the aviation museum located at the airport and part of the Deutsches Museum. The Deutsches Museum presents another important part of its collections at Oberschleißheim Airfield.
Veleda at the Flugwerft Schleißheim
Messerschmitt Me 262 A
René with the Messerschmitt Me 163 B
Dornier Do 31 E-3
From Schleißheim to Paderborn-Lippstadt
After we visited the aviation museum we walked back to the plane to fly back to Paderborn-Lippstadt. We encountered one rain shower near the Edersee that we circumnavigated, but further the flight was uneventful.
Flugwerft Schleissheim, take-off runway 25
Intelsat's Teleport Fuchsstadt
Runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
René and Veleda at Paderborn-Lippstadt