Militärhistorisches Museum Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow
Official Logo as of October 2011
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 Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr. The museum acts as an independent military department. Entrance to the museum is free.
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 Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr. 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.
Gallery of museum exhibits
- Retired Luftwaffe Fiat G.91R/3 on display
- Replica (1993) Fokker D.VII(F)
- DFS 230 A replica
- German Air Force Pershing 1a missile on launcher
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- MHM Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow
- Förderverein des Luftwaffenmuseums der Bundeswehr e.V.
- Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr Berlin-Gatow
- Picture gallery
- "Arbeitsgruppe historische Luftfahrttechnik Daedalus"
- Video montage of site aircraft