It was very crowded and the weather was plain lousy! It was cold, there were gusting winds and lots of rain.
But Berlin is always fun and even when slightly hung over from the night before, the fresh air (Jet A1 and Avgas fumes) and several cups of (terrible) coffee soon brought me back to normal condition...
The A380 was one of the stars. The Airbus family demo flights were impressive and the A340-600 pilots impressed me most with some impossible maneuvers that you don't see everyday...
There were several display areas
The B-1B is a very loud aircraft - to put it mildly.
The friendly B-1B crew was all grins. Maybe they were already in party-mode because their aircraft was only on static display for three days...
Maybe not the right candidate for a beauty contest but I like it. The "Aquaglide 2" sure looks Russian...
The oldies: A Dornier Do 24 ATT
The beautifully restored Messerschmitt Me 109 G6
...with the original engine
The (replica) Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1A was a highlight
The display pilot did a lot of explaining and on the left side some "old eagles" are probably discussing the benefits of the current engines compared to the unreliable old ones...
Sweet sounds! Having started their engines a Douglas Skyraider and a Chance Vought Corsair enter the taxiway to begin their aerial demonstration
...closely followed by a rare Spitfire Mark 19.
A Mustang P-51 was also there but it did not fly. On its way to Berlin it lost its bubble canopy which crashed into a tennis court (nobody was hurt). The pilot did not abort the flight and also did not declare an emergency. Instead he decided to press on because his windshield was still intact. This seems to have caused some concern with some German paper shufflers...
The fast movers: Northrop F-5E
The Patrouille Suisse put on a magnificent display of precision flying.
And yes, the pilots had Breitlings on their wrists... (I saw two Emergencies)
There was a small scandal two years ago. When they left the airshow and headed back for Switzerland the buzzed the Swiss embassy in the middle of Berlin as a farewell greeting. They were accused of violating minimum altitude rules, which they denied. Berlin air traffic control tried to prove the violation but the recorded data was somehow "lost". I hope they do it again...
The Eurofighter is now active with the Luftwaffe. In former years when it was still a flight test prototype it was displayed several times but in a kind of mild manner. Now it is different. It is a very agile and highly maneuverable aircraft and those two pilots did a great show with a mock dog fight. Impressive!
The Mig 29M MOV is an incredible machine. I don't know if the pilot bent the airframe during his high G maneuvers but it was a magnificent display! Some stunts really looked out of this world and the laws of physics did not seem to apply. If there ever is one performing in your vicinity - go see it!
OK, back on topic: Here is one for the Sinners
This French beauty has another French beauty applied on its nose.
I hope you liked my small report from Berlin.