Aviation Museums

Germany

Militärhistorischen Museums der Bundeswehr

Museum of Military History - Gatow, Berlin

Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin

Date of visit: 27th May 2014

Aircraft of the Bundeswehr

the armed forces of Germany

The Bundeswehr is divided into military (Heer - Army, Marine - Navy, Luftwaffe - Air Force) and civil (Streitkräftebasis - Joint Support Service, Zentraler Sanitätsdienst - Joint Medical Service) branches.

In order of serial number

Aircraft of the German Armed Forces originally carried a serial number consisting of 2 letters identifying the service and combat wing, followed by 3 numbers identifying the squadron and the aircraft number within the squadron.

Fouga CM170 Magister

AA+014

North American Harvard IV

AA+615

Piper L-18C

AS+525

Canadiar CL-13 Sabre 5

BB+150

Lockheed F-104G ZELL Starfighter

DB+127

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

DF+316

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

EB+344

North American F-86K

JD+249

Fairey Gannet AS.4

UA+106

The serial system changed in 1968: 2 numbers identify the role and type of aircraft, followed by an Iron Cross (or +)

and then a sequential set of 2 numbers in construction order.


The initial digit refers as follows:

0 - Test/Target towing; 1 - VIP transport; 2,3 & 4 - Fighters; 5 - Transport; 6 - Maritime; 7 - Light helicopters;

8 - Heavy helicopters; 9 - Trainers; 98 - Test Aircraft; 99 - Target Towing

0 - Test/Target towing

(no longer used, replaced by 98 / 99)

Canadair CL-13B Sabre 6

01+01 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

1 - VIP transport

HFB320ECM Hansa Jet

16+26

2 - Fighters

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MF

20+02 [displayed as DDR 577/NVA] (seen in the adjacent grounds)

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23ML

20+13

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

20+37

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23BN

20+51

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23UB

20+63 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21UB

23+77 [displayed as DDR LSK/LV 256]

Sukhoi Su-22UM-3K

25+52 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

26+49

Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter

27+90

Aero L-39V Albatros

28+48 [displayed as DDR 170]

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29

29+03

Lockheed F-104F Starfighter

29+06

3 - Fighters

Fiat G91R/3

32+72

Fiat G91R/4

35+41 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom

35+62

McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom

38+34

4 - Fighters

Dornier Alpha Jet

41+50

Panavia Tornado IDS

44+68

5 - Transport

Transall C-160D

50+56

Antonov An-26SM

52+09

Percival P.66 Pembroke C54

54+07 / AS-558

6 - Maritime

Brequet Br1150 Atlantic

61+17

7 - Light helicopters

Bell UH-1D

71+42

Bristol 171 Sycamore Mk.52

78+04

8 - Heavy helicopters

Sikorsky H-34G Choctaw

80+34

Vertol H-21C

83+08

MBB Bolkow Bo105P1

86+32

9 - Trainers

The designation between light and heavy helicopters was eventually dropped and, with the reunification of Germany in 1990, a number of DDR NVA (Nationale Volks Armee) aircraft were utilised for testing and evaluation or normal use. These types were allocated serials within the existing system, hence the out of role / type sequencing below.

Mil Mi-8T

93+01 / DDR 398 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

Mil Mi-8T

93+14 / DDR 927

Mil Mi-8S

93+51

Mil Mi-9

93+92

Lockheed T-33A-1-LO

94+56 [Displayed as 9455]

Mil Mi-24P

96+43

98 - Test Aircraft

Panavia Tornado - Prototype P.01

D-9591 / 98+04 - The first Tornado airframe (seen in the adjacent grounds)

MBB Bolkow Bo-105M

98+20

Sukhoi Su-20

98+61 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

99 - Target Towing

Nord N2501D Noratlas

99+14

Rockwell OV-10 Bronco

99+33

BAC Canberra B.2

99+35

Fiat G91T/3

99+40

Fiat G91R/3

99+12

Other Serials

Canadair CL-13B Sabre 6

D-9542

Aircraft of the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA)

the armed forces of the former German Democratic Republic

The NVA (or the National People’s Army) was established in 1956 and was the name used for the armed forces of the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany).

It consisted of Landstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee (Army), Volksmarine (Navy), Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee (Air Force) and the Grenztruppen (Border Guards).

The NVA was disbanded in 1990 upon the Unification of Germany.


In order of serial number

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15UTI

163

Yakolev Yak-11

225

Let L-29 Dolphin

338

Mil Mi-4A

569

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21M

596 (seen in the adjacent grounds)

Sukhoi Su-22M-4

613

PZL Lim-5P

615

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21F-13

645

Sukhoi Su-22M-4

798

PZL Lim-5

905

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21PF

950

Mil Mi-24D

5211

Vintage German

Fokker Dr.1

152/17 (Replica)

Fokker E.III

603/15 (Replica)

Fokker D.VII

7775/18 (Replica)

Hispano HA1112M1L (Bf109G10)

10575/4

Messerschmitt Me163B-1a

191904

DFS 230-A

KA+1-52 (Replica)

Grunau Baby IIb

WL+VII-21 (false Luftwaffe markings)

Grunau SG-38

D-4037 (composite / false Luftwaffe markings)

Junker D1

(Replica)

RumplerTaube

(Replica)

Siemens Schuckert D.III

(Replica)

Bell UH-1D Huey

D-HATE

Foreign Exhibits

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15bis

3905 (former Czechoslovakian Air Force)

Dassault Super Mystere B2

72/10-SA (Armée de l'Air)

Dassault Mirage IIIE

587/13-QL (Armée de l'Air)

Cessna T-37B Tweety

65-10824/EN (U.S. Air Force)

Avro 504K

E3349 (Replica)

Chipmunk T10

WG466

Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6

WV865 (Royal Navy)

Hawker Hunter F.6A

XG152/20

Skeeter AOP.12

XM556 (Displayed in German colour scheme)

BAC Lightning F.2A

XN730/J

BAe Harrier GR.1

XV278

C-47B Skytrain

A65-69 (Australian Air Force)

Other exhibits

Colditz Cock Glider

(Replica)

Doppeldecker Farman III Modell 1910

(Replica)

Lilienthal glider

(Replica)

Models

Arado AR 234 B

Schütte-Lanz airship SLII

1001 Float plane