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Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr – Flugplatz Berlin Gatow
Bundeswehr Museum of Military History – Berlin-Gatow Airfield
MHM Berlin-Gatow Logo.png
Official Logo as of October 2011
EstablishedSeptember 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
LocationBerlin-Gatow, Germany
Coordinates52°28′21″N 13°08′29″E / 52.472629°N 13.141431°E / 52.472629; 13.141431
TypeMilitary Museum
FounderHelmut Jaeckel
OwnerBundeswehr
Public transit accessbus 135, stops Seekorso or Kurpromenade, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
Nearest car parkOn site (no charge)
Websitewww.mhm-gatow.de/en/

The Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr – Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow (Bundeswehr Museum of Military History – Berlin-Gatow Airfield; formally known as Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr), is the Berlin branch of the Bundeswehr Military History Museum. The museum acts as an independent military department.

The museum is in Berlin at a former Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield, RAF Gatow. The focus is on military history, particularly the history of the post-war German Air Force. The museum has a collection of more than 200,000 items, including 155 aeroplanes, 5,000 uniforms and 30,000 books. There are also displays (including aeroplanes) on the history of the airfield when it was used by the RAF.

Aircraft include World War I planes such as the Fokker E.III as reproductions, and World War II planes such as the Bf 109, as well as at least one aircraft of every type ever to serve in the air forces of East and West Germany. Most of those postwar aircraft are stored outside on the tarmac and runways, however, and many are in bad condition. There are long term restoration projects, including a Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Because of that the museum is under construction, some exhibits can shortly removed for restoration, repainting or lending to other museums.

History[edit]

The museum traces its beginnings to 1957, when a former government official named Helmut Jaeckel started acquiring the personal collections of Wehrmacht soldiers and displaying them at Uetersen Airfield. In 1963 a board of trustees was founded to run the new museum. However, due to financial difficulties, operation of the museum was handed over to the Bundeswehr in 1987. From 1995 to 1996 the museum was relocated to the former airbase at RAF Gatow.[1]

Buildings[edit]

Collection[edit]

Airplanes up to 1945[edit]

Country of Origin Model / Nickname Location Picture
 Australia Douglas C-47 original A65-69
from:
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin next to Tower
Douglas DC-3 C47 20DK - Royal Australian Air Force.jpg
 United Kingdom Avro 504K Reproduction
hangar 3
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 305.JPG
 Germany Bücker Bü 181 hangar 3 Flugplatz Gatow Bückner 181.jpg
 Spain CASA 2.111 Casa 2.111 Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow.JPG
 Germany DFS 230 Reproduction
hangar 3
100 4161.jpg
 France Farman III Reproduction
hangar 3
Farman III Nachbau.jpg
 Germany Fieseler Fi 156 Storch Reproduction
hangar 3
100 4174.jpg
 Germany Fokker D VII (F) Reproduction
hangar 3
Fokker D VII (F).jpg
 Germany Fokker Dr.I Reproduction
hangar 3
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 307.JPG
 Germany Fokker E.III Reproduction
hangar 3
Fokker E.III.jpg
 Germany Grunau Baby II original
hangar 3
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 308.JPG
 Germany Junkers J 9 (DI) Reproduction
hangar 3
Junkers J9 Front.jpg
 Germany Etrich-Rumpler Taube Reproduction
hangar 3
Etrich Taube in Gatow.jpg
 Germany Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun wreck[2] 2012-08 Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow anagoria 06.JPG
 Spain Hispano Aviación HA-1112 hangar 3 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2 in Gatow.jpg
 Germany Messerschmitt Me 163 original
hangar 3
Me163.jpg
 Germany DFS SG 38 Schulgleiter original
hangar 3
Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr - Schulgleiter SG 38.JPG
 Germany Siebel Si 204 original
depot
Siebel Si 204 links.JPG
 Germany Siemens-Schuckert D.III Reproduction
hangar 3
Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr - Siemens Schuckert III.JPG

NATO Airplanes[edit]

Country of Origin Model / Nickname Location Picture
 Germany Breguet 1150 Atlantic
61+17
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 36.JPG
 Germany Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk.6
D-9542
original
open air
Canadair Sabre in Luftwaffe markings.jpg
 France Dassault Mirage III
13-OL
original
open air
100 4210.jpg
 France Dassault Super Mystère
10-SA
original
open air
100 4208.jpg
 Germany Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet
41+50
original
hangar 7
AlphaJet Gatow1.jpg
 United Kingdom DHC-1 Chipmunk T-10
WG466
hangar 3[3] DHC-1 Chipmunk T-10.jpg
 Germany Dornier Do-27
57+38
original
hangar 7
Do27 Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Dornier Do-28 D-2
59+20
original
open air
Dornier Do 28 D-28 D-2.JPG
 Germany English Electric Canberra
99+35
original
open air
Canberra Gatow1.jpg
 United Kingdom English Electric Lightning F.2A
XN730
original
open air
English Electric F.2A (XN730) Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 Germany Fairey Gannet AS.4
UA+106
original
open air
100 4201.jpg
 Germany Fiat G-91 R3
99+12
original
open air
Fiat G.91 R3.JPG
 Germany Fiat G-91 R4
35+41
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 203.JPG
 Germany Fiat G-91 T3
99+40
original
open air
FiatG91T3 Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Fouga CM.170 Magister
014
original
hangar 7
Fouga Magister CM 170.jpg
 United Kingdom Gloster Meteor NF.11 original
open air
Gloster Meteor Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow.JPG
 United Kingdom Hawker Harrier GR Mk.1
XV278
original
open air
Hawker „Harrier“ GR Mk.1 Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 United Kingdom Hawker Sea Hawk Mk.4
WV865
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 175.JPG
 United Kingdom Hawker Hunter F Mk.6
XG152
original
open air
Hawker „Hunter“ F Mk.6 Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 Germany Hamburger Flugzeugbau HFB-320 Hansa Jet Hansa-Jet ECM
16+26
original
open air
HansaJet Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Hunting Percival P.66 Pembroke C.Mk. 54
AS-558
original
open air
Hunting Percival P.66 Pembroke C.Mk. 54.jpg
 Germany Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
26+49
original
open air
F104G-1 Gatow.jpg
 Germany Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
20+37
original
hangar 3
Starfighter F104G.jpg
 Germany Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
on Zero-length launcher
DB+127
original
open air
(next to tower building)
100 4145.jpg
 Germany Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter
27+90
original
open air
Lockheed TF-104G „Starfighter“ Gatow.jpg
 Germany Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter
29+06
original
hangar 7
Starfighter Lockheed TF-104G „Starfighter“ Bundeswehr.jpg
 Germany Lockheed T-33A
9455
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 261.JPG
 United States Cessna T-37 original
hangar 7
Cessna T-37 Gatow.JPG
 Germany McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom II
38+34
original
hangar 7
McDonnel Douglas F-4F ”Phantom II“.jpg
 Germany McDonnell Douglas RF-4E Phantom II
35+62
original
open air
RF-4E Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Nord Aviation N2501D Noratlas
99+14
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 395.JPG
 Germany North American F-86K Sabre
JD-249
original
open air
F86K Gatow1.jpg
 Germany North American Harvard
AA+615
original
hangar 7
T6 Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Panavia Tornado IDS
44+68
original
hangar 7
Tornado Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Piaggio P.149
90+78
original
open air
P149 Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Piper PA-18 Super Cub
AS+525
original
hangar 3 (Decke)
LUFTWAFFE PIPER SUPER CUB AT THE LUFTWAFFEN MUSEUM RAF GATOW BERLIN GERMANY JUNE 2013 (9125964732).jpg
 Germany Pützer Elster
97+03
original
depot
Pützer Elster.JPG
 Germany Raab Doppelraab IV
D-3547
original
depot
Raab Doppelraab IV.JPG
 Germany Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
DF-316
original
hangar 7
F-84 Republic F-84F „Thunderstreak“.jpg
 Germany Republic RF-84F Thunderflash
EB-344
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 89.JPG
 Germany Rockwell OV-10B Bronco
99+33
original
open air
OV10 Gatow1.jpg
 Germany C-160 Transall
50+56
original
open air
C-160 D Transall.JPG

Warsaw Pact Airplanes[edit]

Country of Origin Model / Nickname Location Picture
 East Germany Antonov An-2
822
original
depot
Antonov An-2 Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 Germany Antonov An-26
52+09, ex 369
original
open air
Gatow Antonow An-26 (2009).jpg
 East Germany Ilyushin Il-28
208
original
open air
208 (EDBG, 2016-08-23).jpg
 East Germany Yakovlev Yak-11
225
original
hangar 3
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 312.JPG
 East Germany Yakovlev Yak-18
25
original
depot
Jakowlew Jak-18.JPG
 East Germany Let L-29 Delfin
311
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 243.JPG
 East Germany Let L-39V Albatros
28–48, ex 170
original
open air
Aero L-39V, ex. 170 NVA Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 East Germany Let L-410 UVP
53+10, ex 318
original
open air
Let L-410UVP Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel 1.JPG
 Czechoslovakia Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis
3905
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 53.JPG
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F
346
original
open air
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 NVA.JPG
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17PF original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 123.JPG
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21M
596
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 280.JPG
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21UM
23–77, ex 256
original
open air
Gatow MiG-21UM (2009).jpg
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F-13
645
original
open air
MiG21F13.jpg
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23BN
20–51, ex 710
original
open air
MiG-23BN, ex. 710 NVA Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MF
20–02, ex 577
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 509.JPG
 East Germany Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29G
29+03, ex 615
original
hangar 7
Mig-29.JPG
 East Germany Sukhoi Su-22M4
25+44, ex 798
original
open air
Gatow Su-22.JPG
 East Germany Zlín Z 43
D-ENVA, ex 17
original
open air
Zlín Z-43.JPG

Helicopters[edit]

Country of Origin Model / Nickname Location Picture
 Germany Alouette II
76+03
original
depot
Alouette II Hubschrauber.JPG
 Germany Alouette II
75+46
original
depot
Alouette II Hubschrauber 75+46.JPG
 Germany Bell UH-1D Iroquois
71+42
original
hangar 7
Bell UH-1D „Huey“ Bundeswehr.jpg
 Germany Bell UH-1D Iroquois
D-HATE
original
open air
Gatow Bell UH-1D (2009).jpg
 Germany Boeing Vertol/Piasecki H-21
83+08
original
hangar 3
Piasecki Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Bristol Type 171 Sycamore HR.52
78+04
original
hangar 7
Sycamore Gatow1.jpg
 Germany MBB Bo-105
98+20
original
open air
Bo105 Gatow1.jpg
 Germany MBB Bo-105 original
hangar 7
MBB Bo-105 Bundeswehr.jpg
 East Germany Mil Mi-2
94+63, ex 393
original
open air
Mil Mi 2 Hubschrauber NVA.JPG
 East Germany Mil Mi-4A
565
original
open air
Gatow Mil Mi-4A (2009).jpg
 Germany Mil Mi-8S
93+51, ex 914
original
open air
Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr - Mi-8 S.JPG
 East Germany Mil Mi-8T
93+14, ex 927
original
open air
Gatow Mil Mi-8T (2009).jpg
 Germany Mil Mi-9
93+92, ex 411
original
open air
Gatow Mil Mi-9 (2009).jpg
 East Germany Mil Mi-24D
5211, ex 521
original
open air
Mi-24D Hind Attack Helicopter (Berlin).jpg
 East Germany Mil Mi-24P
96+43, ex 387
original
open air
Airforce Museum Berlin-Gatow 357.JPG
 Germany Saunders Roe Skeeter original
hangar 3
Skeeter Gatow1.jpg
 Germany Sikorsky H-34G
80+34
original
hangar 7
H-34 Gatow1.jpg

Unmanned systems[edit]

Country of Origin Model Location Picture
 Germany Canadair CL-89 (AN/USD-501) original
hangar 7
Cl-89 NATO AN USD-501.jpg
 Germany Canadair CL-289 (AN/USD-502) original
hangar 7
CL-289 NATO AN USD 502 Drohne.jpg
 Germany Fritz X original
depot
Fritz X Fallbombe 1400 X.JPG
 Germany Henschel Hs 293 A-1 original
hangar 3
Henschel HS 293 A-1.jpg
 Germany
 United States
MGM-1 Matador original
open air
(next to hangar 7)
2012-08 Missile System MATADOR anagoria.JPG
 Germany MGM-31 Pershing original
open air
(next to hangar 7)
Pershing1A - Luftwaffenmuseum Gatow.jpg
 Germany TUCAN-95 original
hangar 7
TUCAN-95 Drohne.jpg
 Germany Rauchspurautomat 160, Schwarz-Propellerwerke Berlin original
depot
Rauchspurautomat 160 Berlin-Gatow.jpg
 Germany Q2 (FM) original
hangar 7
Q2 (FM) Kleinzieldarstellungsdrohne.jpg

Antiaircraft and radar systems[edit]

Country of Origin Model Location Picture
 Germany 2-cm-Flak 38 original
depot
2-cm-Flak 38 Gatow.JPG
 Germany Rheinmetall Flak 20 mm Zwillig original
hangar 7
Rheinmetall Flak 20 mm Zwilling.jpg
 East Germany ZU-23-2 original
depot
Fla-Kanone 23-2 (Zu 23).JPG
 Germany Bofors 40 mm gun original
hangar 7
40-mm-Bofors-Geschütz Bundeswehr.jpg
 Germany Flak 8,8 original
hangar 3
8,8 cm FlaK, Gatow.jpg
 Germany 150 cm Flak-Scheinwerfer 34 original
hangar 3
150cm Flak-Scheinwerfer 34 auf SdAnh 104 Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow Denis Apel.JPG
 Germany Nike Hercules original
open air
Nike Hercules Missile, Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin-Gatow.jpg
 East Germany S-200 Vega original
open air
S-200 Raketen, Berlin-Gatow.jpg
 Germany MIM-23 Hawk original
open air
LFK „Hawk“.jpg
 Germany loading vehicle XM 501 for Hawk original
hangar 3
Ladefahrzeug XM 501 für LFK Hawk.jpg
 Germany MIM-104 Patriot original
open air
MIM-104 Patriot Bundeswehr.jpg
 East Germany S-75 Dvina original
open air
S-75 DWINA.jpg
 East Germany Petschora S-125M original
open air
S-125 NEWA.jpg
 Germany Roland 2 original
open air
(next to hangar 7)
Flugabwehr Roland 2.jpg
 Germany Flakortungsgerät FuMG 65
Würzburg radar
original
open air
2012-08 FuMG 65 Funkmessgeraet Wuerzburg Riese anagoria 02.JPG
 Germany radar ASR-910 original
open air
Radar Bundeswehr.jpg
 Germany radar BWB 23342 ARTUS Type ME 0632 GxJ/2 original
open air
BWB 23342 ARTUS Radaranlage Typ ME 0632.jpg
 Germany radar FPN-36 original
open air
Flugsicherungstechnik FPN-36.jpg
 Germany NP 510 (UHF-tracking) original
open air
(next to hangar 7)
Flugsicherungstechnik NP 510.jpg
 Germany radar PAR-C original
open air
Flugsicherungstechnik PAR-C.jpg
 East Germany KRTP-86 TAMARA original
open air
KRTP-86 TAMARA.jpg
 United States Westinghouse AN/TPS-43 original
open air
Westinghouse AN TPS-43.jpg
 East Germany Ramona KRTP-81/81M original
open air
Ramona KRTP-81 81 M.jpg
 East Germany Ural-375D with secondary radar 1L22 Parol original
open air
Ural 375D with Type 03B15 Radar at Berlin-Gatow.jpg

Vehicles[edit]

Country of Origin Model Location Picture
 Germany MAN 630 5t t-mil with
portable tower
original
open air
(next to tower building)
MAN-Tower Gatow1.jpg
 Germany mobile tower FSA-90 original
open air
(next to tower building)
Mobiler Tower (Anhänger).jpg
 Germany Clarktor CT 30 Pushback Tractor original
hangar 7
2012-08 pushback tractor CT 30 Clarktor anagoria.JPG
 Germany DKW Munga 4 (Typ F91/4) original
hangar 7
DKW Munga 4.jpg
 Germany calibration laboratory trailer original
open air
Kalibrierlabor Auflieger.jpg
 Germany NSU Kettenkraftrad HK 101 original
hangar 3
Sdkfz2luft.jpg
 Germany Hercules K 125 BW original
hangar 7
Hercules K 125 BW.jpg
 Germany Magirus-Deutz tanking vehicle original
open air
Flugplatz Gatow Magirus Deutz Tankzug.jpg
 Germany MAN tanking vehicle original
open air
Flugplatz Gatow MAN Tankwagen (2).jpg
 Germany MJ1 VW bomb loading vehicle original
hangar 7
MJ1 VW Bombenhebewagen.jpg
 East Germany Kleinkübelwagen P 601 A original
hangar 7
2012-08 Kleinkuebelwagen P 601 A anagoria.JPG
 Germany Volkswagen 181 original
hangar 7
VW Typ 181 Bundeswehr.jpg
 East Germany Ural-375D original
open air
Ural 375D at Berlin-Gatow.jpg

Engines[edit]

Country of Origin Model Location Picture
 Germany Oberursel U0 hangar 3 Flugmotor le Rhône Oberursel.jpg
 United Kingdom Clerget Humber BR-1 hangar 3 (adjoining room) Bentley BR 1.jpg
 Germany BMW 801 D hangar 3 Flugmotor BMW 801 D.jpg
 Germany Daimler Benz DB 603 A original unrestauriert
depot
Daimler-Benz DB 603.JPG
 Germany Daimler Benz DB 605 A original
hangar 3 (adjoining room)
Flugmotor DB 605A.jpg
 Germany Junkers Jumo 213 AG-1 original
hangar 3
Junkers Jumo 213 AG-1 Flugmotor.jpg
 Germany BMW 003 hangar 3 (adjoining room) 100 4189.jpg
 Germany Junkers Jumo 004 original unrestauriert
hangar 3 (adjoining room)
100 4184.jpg
 Germany Walter HWK 109-500 original
hangar 3 (adjoining room)
Walter 109-500 Starthilfstriebwerk.jpg
 Germany Walter HWK 109-509A original
hangar 3 (adjoining room)
Walther HWK 109.jpg
 United States Allison J33 original
hangar 3 (adjoining room)
Strahltriebwerk Derwent.jpg
 United Kingdom Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba-ASMD-3 original
depot engine collection
Turboprop Armstrong Siddley Double Mamba ASMD-3.JPG
 Soviet Union Klimov RD-33 original
depot engine collection
Klimov RD-33 turbofan engine.JPG
 Soviet Union Klimov TV3-117 original
depot engine collection
Turbomotor TV3-117.jpg
 Soviet Union Klimov VK-1A original
hangar 3 (adjoining room)
Klimow WK-1 side.jpg
 United States General Electric J79-GE-11A original
depot engine collection
Strahltriebwerk General Eletrics GE J79.JPG
 Soviet Union Lyulka AL-21 F3 original
depot engine collection
Ljulka AL-21 F3
 Germany Turbo-Union RB199 original
depot engine collection
Turbo-Union RB199 turbofan engine.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Geschichte des Museums" (in German). Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ http://museum-digital.de/nat/pdf/publicinfo.php?oges=32936
  3. ^ http://museum-digital.de/nat/pdf/publicinfo.php?oges=47558 | Sammlungsseite

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°28′23″N 13°08′41″E / 52.47306°N 13.14472°E / 52.47306; 13.14472