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Where? Hahnweide, Southern Germany
When? 06-08/09/2013

The Hahnweide Oldtimer meeting is Germany's biggest warbird airshow. Held bi-annually on the first week-end of September it is by enthusiasts very often rated being on the same level as the other major European warbird shows Duxford in the UK and La Ferté-Alais in France. 2013 year was the 17th edition of the show that has its origins as a simple oldtimer fly-in 34 years ago.

Today it is still organized by a small group of volunteer forming part of the "Fliegergruppe Wolf Hirth". This club is very famous for its sailplane activities as is the airfield where they are based, the Hahnweide located in the South of Germany close to Stuttgart.
Each year for the show those sailplanes have to step back when the airfield nearly bursts at its seams. Place for aircraft gets rare when approximately 350 aircraft flying in from other airfields literally besiege this place during the airshow week-end. Though there is also always some parking place left on the opposite side of the flightline, the oldtimers and wabirds are densly packed between the crowdline and the grass runway.

1Hahnweide WW I 8405 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide WW I 8405 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 3611 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 3861 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 7950 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 7951 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 7963 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Hahnweide So 8616 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide So 8616 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide So 3663 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide So 3798 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide So 3862 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide So 4122 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide So 8622 Zeitler 100 67 85

Once in a while it happens that the Hahnweide show clashes with the September Airshow at Duxford, which was also the case this year. This usually leads to a slight reduction in the number of participating warbirds and especially with another airshow in Switzerland being held at the same time, not that many warbirds flew in comparison to the last years, which delivered outstanding shows and were akleady thought to be hard to outnumber. Thus this year was a slight drawback, however the regulars from France with a P-51, P-40 and Yak-11 were happy to come to Germany as well as Peter Teichman who brought the Hurricane of his "Hangar 11" collection. Other main warbrids attractions were the Avenger and Morane from Switzerland as well as a bomb-loaded Skyraider that made up for an excellent line-up nevertheless.

Hahnweide Skyraider 3884 Zeitler 700 470 90
Hahnweide Fury 4112 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Fury 4137 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Fury 7916 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Hurricane 3581 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide P 51 8276 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Skyraider 3884 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Hahnweide Segelflug 8154 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide Segelflug 8154 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Buecker 3982 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Doppeldecker Corso 8144 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Klemm 8652 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Oldtimer 8553 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Segelflug 8705 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Hahnweide Morane 8496 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide Morane 8496 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Morane 4040 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Morane 8635 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide P 40 8633 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide P 51 3534 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide P 51 8639 Zeitler 100 67 85

Talking about regulars of course Mikael Carlson from Sweden has to mentioned, whose Blériot monoplane became one of the Hahnweide trademarks and is amongst the highlights of the flying program on each of the two main days Saturday and Sunday. This year he also brought his re-build Fokker D.VII to the show that flew in formation with the Fokker Dr.I triplane of the "Flugmuseum Koch" as a perfect show and demonstration of the capabilities of WW I aircraft.

Hahnweide Bleriot 4067 Zeitler 700 470 90
Hahnweide Bleriot 4067 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Bleriot 4096 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Doppeldecker 8014 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Ju 52 3540 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Klemm 3813 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Rundfluege 8069 Zeitler 100 67 85

Of course the Hahnweide is not only all about warbirds and its origins as an "Oldtimer Fly-In" are not forgotten. Though the gliders are placed at the most Southern end of the area and overseen by some of the visitors, the packed area of biplanes and oldtimer classics is always a joy to see. Pilots not only from neighbouring countries as Austria or the Czech Republic attend, but also from as far as Sweden as Hungaria, to show their planes, fly them during the show, or just to meet fellow pilots and talk with them about their aircraft. Apart from all the airshow spectacle the spirit of the fly-in is still alive in this place!

Hahnweide Bf108 3867 Zeitler 700 470 90
Hahnweide Bf108 3867 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Corsair 8642 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Hurricane 3914 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 3595 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 3610 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide WW I 7933 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Hahnweide C 3605 8678 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide C 3605 8678 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Bf108 8439 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Buecker 8687 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide De Havilland Corso 8181 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide De Havilland Dove 8202 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Hahnweide 3548 Zeitler 100 67 85
1Hahnweide Rundfluege 8534 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide Rundfluege 8534 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide An 2 8263 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide An 2 8274 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide De Havilland Corso 8170 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide De Havilland Dove 8166 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Ju 52 3569 Zeitler 100 67 85

After becoming more and more known to foreigners in the meantime the event attracts not only the local population and German enthusiasts, but also visitors from all over Europe, who enjoy the friendly German atmosphere and food. Due to the orientation of the runway and safety regulations the crowd unfortunately faces the sun nearly during the whole day, which makes photography especially challenging. Shooting with the forrest in the background neverthelss provides for some nice photos and gives a nice variation to the ones with a blue sky as a background. And you should not miss the arrivals on Friday, which usually give the chance to see some of the aircraft flying that might be hidden somewhere in the static display for the rest of the week-end.

1Hahnweide P 38 8024 Zeitler 700 470 90
1Hahnweide P 38 8024 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide C 3605 8092 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide P 38 8017 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Po 2 8254 Zeitler 100 67 85
Hahnweide Po 2 8738 Zeitler 100 67 85

If you are interested in a visit, http://www.oldtimer-hahnweide.de/ will usually give you many information about the show in the months prior to the event. Don't miss it next time!!






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