Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr - Berlin - Germany

Address: Gross Glienicker Weg, Berlin Gatow (See map)
Telephone: +49 (0)30-8110769

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: refreshments
Size of the museum/site: large
Year of visit: 2003
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Description: This museum is housed on a former military-airfield in Berlin Gatow. Hitler used the base as an airforce training school. Later on, at the end of WW II the Russians conquered the airbase, but they had to give it up, because it was situated in the British Sector after the partition.

During the Cold War the airfield played a great role providing the people of West-Berlin with food and other things needed to live: the so called air-bridge. On this historical site, you can have a look around! On the airstrips dozens of aeroplanes, helicopters and other airforce related material of different nations are displayed.

In the hangars, however, you'll find the real treasures of the museum, well protected against bad weather and other hazards. Items like the first jet engine fighter (see photo below) Messerschmitt Me 163 and some aeroplanes used during the First World War. All these items 'inside' are in a very good state. Another good point about this museum is the fact that a lot of the stuff shown (inside) comes with a technical explanation so you get an idea of how and why things work, but not too technical!

So if you're into war museums this is a museum you can visit, but if you're an aeroplane-enthusiast it's a place not to be missed!

One of Germany's best known fighters: the Messerschmitt 109.

Personnel and equipment of the pre-war "Deutsche Luftsportverband". In fact, this was the secret precursor of the Luftwaffe. Because of the Versailles Treaty Germany wasn't allowed to own military aircraft.

German built searchlight and a FLAK 88 (on the right).

The Messerschmitt Me 163, the world's first (fighter) plane that was propelled by a jet engine.

Various pieces of East German radar equipment.

The museum had a nice collection of helicopters and airplanes on several airstrips. On this picture you see for example the famous Huey (Bell UH-1).