One-of-a-kind aircraft on German Aerospace Day 2013

Visitors to the aircraft exhibition on German Aerospace Day can take a look at the unique aircraft that make up the DLR Research Fleet: the world's most advanced helicopter EC135 FHS, the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, a 'flying auditorium', DLR's largest aircraft Airbus A320 ATRA, the Dassault Falcon 20E, the Eurocopter BO105 and the parabolic flight aircraft Airbus A300 ZERO-G. This exhibition will open to the public at lunchtime.

The German Air Force will provide the following: Transall C-160D, Tornado, Global 5000, Eurofighter, CH-53G, A319 CJ, A-310 als MRTT (Multi Roll Transporter and Tanker), A-310 mit MedEvac-Rüstsatz.

The exhibition also features a Boeing 777 owned by FedEx, a Boeing 767-300 operated by UPS and the German Federal Police AS 332 L1 Super Puma.

Please note: admission to the aircraft exhibition closes at 17:00.

Last modified: 12/09/2013 15:59:03

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DLR ATRA research aircraft


The Airbus A320-232 D-ATRA, DLR's largest fleet member, has been in operation since the end of 2008.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in flight

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan im Flug

The smallest aircraft of DLR's Oberpfaffenhofen flight facility is a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, registration D-FDLR. The single-engine turboprop aircraft is mainly used by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for remote sensing. It is especially well suited for camera flights, such as those with the HRSC (High Resolution Stereo Camera), operated by DLR and also used in space missions.

BO 105 - for measuring and testing avionics systems

BO 105 zur Vermessung von Erprobung von Avionik%2dSystemen

The tasks for which the BO 105 helicopter is deployed include testing and measuring avionics systems and analysing helicopter properties.

Falcon flying at low level

The Falcon during a measurement flight in Malaysia.

Luftwaffe Transall C-160D


The Transall C-160D is a medium-size tactical transport aircraft designed and built by a German-French consortium. Owing to its design and construction, the Transall is well suited for use on makeshift airfields, such as are common in Africa. In the configuration with enhanced self-protection (erweitertem Selbstschutz; ESS) the aircraft has additional protective measures. The Transall C-160D is a high-wing, twin-engined transport plane developed for military use. The tail is also mounted as high as possible to accommodate cargo through a large ramp at the rear.



The Tornado is an all-weather two-seat fighter aircraft developed by three nations; it was introduced into the German armed forces from 1980. It is also used by the UK and Italy in a variety of roles. Delivery of the first Tornadoes to the German Army began in 1981 and was completed in 1992 with the handover of the last Tornado ECR. A total of 357 aircraft were delivered.

Global 5000


The four new Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft are suitable for flights over medium distances. Small delegations, with a maximum of 12 people, can fly in the Global 5000, for example, non-stop from Berlin to Washington. The Canadian manufactured planes are equipped with a VIP cabin and have been brought into service by the Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung (an air transport squadron of the Luftwaffe) since the autumn of 2011.



The German Air Force procured 180 Eurofighters, a modern weapons system for use in the air defence (air to air) and air assault (air to ground) roles. The decommissioning of the F-4F Phantoms and parts of the Tornado fleet tuned the structure of the Air Force to suit its modern tasks. The Eurofighter is a key element in ensuring the future of the Air Force’s contribution to the required capability profile of the armed forces and the related treaty obligations.

Luftwaffe CH-53G

CH%2d53G der Luftwaffe

The CH-53 transport helicopter is used for carrying both passengers and supplies as well as for special tasks. In two or three different build series since 1975, the aircraft used by the Armed Forces is now the operational responsibility of the Air Force. The Sikorsky S-65 (military designation CH-53) is manufactured by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.

Luftwaffe A319 CJ


The Airbus A319 CJ (Corporate Jetliner) is designed for short and medium haul use by delegations of medium size. The Air Force uses the twin-engine aircraft, especially in the political-parliamentary area, for VIP flights and for transport and medevac flights, that is, for the transport of injured or sick patients. The Airbus A319 CJ, as well as the other models in the renewed fleet, is rapidly convertible between roles. Through the use of up to four external fuel tanks, the range of the aircraft can be increased to 7600 kilometres. Two Airbus A319CJs have been in service with the Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung (an air transport squadron of the Luftwaffe) since the summer of 2010.

Luftwaffe A-310 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)


Since September 2010, the German Air Force has had the capability for strategic air refuelling. With the installation of internal fuel tanks and a corresponding conversion kit for air refuelling, the Airbus A310 MRT (Multi Role Transport) converts to the MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport). The in-flight refuelling system uses the ‘hose and drogue’ technique, where hoses with baskets, or drogues, at the end are deployed from under-wing pods. Tornadoes and Eurofighters can be refuelled, creating a force that can be deployed strategically over long distances. The tanked can carry 72 tons of fuel, of which 46 tons can be delivered for air-air refuelling.

Luftwaffe A-310 with medevac conversion


The medevac conversion for the Airbus A310 MRT MedEvac consists of up to six patient transport units that meet the highest standards for intensive care and 38 positions for recumbent patients, of which 16 are seats where increased medical surveillance and treatment is possible. The Airbus MedEvac can thus carry a total of 44 patients. Depending on the number of patients and the types of injuries sustained, the medical crew can consist of up to 25 people. The ‘Medical Crew’ responds to emergencies throughout Germany and consists of specialist doctors, specialist nurses and paramedics. An Air Force flight surgeon is responsible for the medical-organisational management. The overall responsibility for air transport lies with the commander of the aircraft. At Cologne-Bonn Airport, an Airbus A310 MRT MedEvac is partially equipped in constant readiness. To complete the full equipment and technical preparation, after an alert requires approximately 4-6 hours.

A medevac conversion can be installed in all the A310s operated by the Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung (an air transport squadron of the Luftwaffe).

AS 332 L1 Super Puma

AS 332 L1 Super Puma

An AS 332 L1 Super Puma of the German Federal Police.

FedEx Boeing 777F

Boeing 777F von FedEx

Federal Express (FedEx) Boeing 777F.

UPS Boeing 767-300

Boeing 767%2d300 von UPS

United Parcel Service (UPS) Boeing 767-300.

DLR parabolic flight – 22 seconds of weightlessness

Airbus A300 ZERO%2dG

Experiments under weightlessness conditions: an Airbus A300 ZERO-G performs special flight manoeuvres known as parabolas, during which virtual weightlessness (microgravity) prevails for between 20 to 22 seconds.


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