01 Oct OLDTIMER FLIEGERTREFFEN 2016, Hahnweide, Germany
As an Aviation photographer, I can often be found at one of the many airshows around the world. Although I have attended some of them multiple times, a few remain special! Airventure (The Worlds Largest Airshow in Oshkosh, WI), Shuttleworth (Old Warden, UK), Sun ‘n Fun (FL), La Ferté Alais near Paris and last but not least, The Oldtimer Fliegertreffen at the Hahnweide grass airstrip near Stuttgart, Germany; all of them have a special place in my Aviator heart.
After I attended The Oldtimer Fliegertreffen (OTT) for the first time in 2013, I knew I would be back! The two yearly event was unfortunately not held last year, but did take place from the 9th till 11th of September this year! Unlike a lot of other “Oldtimer Fly-ins”, this one bans aircraft younger than 40 years from landing at Hahnweide (with a few exceptions). More than 300 historic airplanes found their way to the OTT this year, with the furthest one coming all the way from Madrid, (Spain), father and son Jose Luis Olias, flew 25 hour total to attend OTT.
Rather than driving in, this year we flew our 62 year old Piper Super Cub (L-21B) from Belgium to the small airstrip in southern Germany and decided to camp with the aircraft. Something that is probably on the bucket list of a lot of fellow aviators!
The 4 hour flight took us across the southern part of Belgium (The Ardennes), Luxemburg, the Rhine Valley and eventually just North of Stuttgart.
Beside bringing camping gear for two, I obviously…….