Discovering the Deutsche Museum de Flugwerft
Some of the best attractions are those smaller and more obscure museums which you stumble upon more by accident. The Deutsche Museum de Flugwerft, a plane museum near Munich was one such museum.
On the final day of our five week European road trip, we had several hours to kill before heading to Munich airport for our flights home.
Plane museum near Munich
So we took a drive out to a somewhat remote airfield at Oberschleissheim, near Munich to visit the Deutsches Museum de Flugwerft (German Museum of Flight). We found it a highly interesting afternoon, and a must see for aviation enthusiasts.
The historic airfield and hangar were originally home to the Royal Bavarian Flying corps early in the 20th century.
During the war years, it was a training airfield for fighter and bomber crews of the Luftwaffe. Allied bombing in 1945 rendered it unusable.
Today it holds many of the exhibits in the Deutsches Museum collection. There are over 70 aircraft, gliders, hang gliders and even rockets on display.
The exhibitions cover German aviation history from Otto Lilienthal’s gliders to present aviation technology.
History of the Schliessheim airfield
The tour of the Deutsche Museum de Flugwerft starts in the original hangar. Here we learn the history of Schleissheim airfield with many prototypes such as this Flamingo training plane on display.
This three seater trainer and sports plane was one served as a test plane for the Porsche PFM3200 aircraft engine. Adapted from an automobile engine, it was never mass produced.
Otto Lilienthal’s flying machines
In the Dawn of Aviation exhibition you will find replicas of some of the first aviation instruments used.
I doubt I would be game to try one of these flimsy wooden flying machines.
German Aviator Otto Lilienthal constructed the original Normal Segelapparat glider in 1894. He flew 80 metres in this glider, spending longer in the air than any other German aviator before is fatal accident in 1896.
The original was procured by the Deustsches Museum from Lilenthal’s estate, however the original was replaced by this 1958 replica due to its fragile and decaying state.
Restoration of historic planes
See the control centre of the Royal Bavarian Flying Corps as you pass through the radio, telegraph and meteorological room. From there you head on to the massive exhibition hall, constructed to house exhibits from the Deutsches Museum.
Along the way, you pass through a breezeway, where you can look down into the workshop and see restoration work in progress on a range of flying machines.
View aircraft being restored in the workshop of the Deutsche Museum deFlugwerft, Munich
New Exhibition Hall at Deutsche Museum de Flugwerft
Heading into the more modern exhibition hall you will find an extensive display of all types of aircraft. From gliders, to fixed wing planes ,jet planes and military artifacts, hang gliders and even a portion of the Europa rocket.
Some exhibits hang from the rafters, replicating their flight modes. View others close up at ground level. Informative story boards guide you through the exhibition.
You can view the exhibits from the mezzanine level or go downstairs and view them up close. We were very surprised to find that for a smaller museum, a lot of the information was provided in English.
The Deutsche Museum de Flugwerft was well worth a visit and a very interesting way to spend an afternoon. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm and for a EU7 admission fee, we found it a great value museum.