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 Bückeburg June 2016

Tag der Bundeswehr 2016 at Bückeburg a celebration of the Bo105 with the German army.

Bückeburg Air Base is used by the German Army's School of Army Aviation as one of the bases for the practical instruction of its flying and non-flying personnel. Basic flying training of helicopter pilots of other components of the German Armed Forces also takes place at Bückeburg Air Base.

After more than 40 years of service with the German army the Sikorsky CH-53G/GS have been transferred to the Air Force to continue there service for Germany.

After the premiere last year with more than 200,000 visitors to the different units the German Defence organised a other “day of the Bundeswehr” on Saturday 11th of June for the second time this year. This year saw a greater participation of foreign units on the static and a bigger flying program on most participating bases, making this day on of interest for aviation enthusiasts.

Helicopter Force


Since the early 1960s the German Army Aviation has had its main training facility stationed at Bückeburg in Northern Germany. The Heeresflieger Waffenschule, or HFWS, over the years  a number of types where used for training purposes, including the Bo-105, the new Eurocopter EC135 and the venerable UH-1D Huey and CH-53G Stallion.

Training on the new Eurocopter Tiger UHT combat helicopter is done at the French-German facility at Le Luc in southern France.

Besides 'real' helicopters, there are also twelve full-mission simulators at Bückeburg - these simulators can be connected together, to realistically simulate formation flying.

The German Army Aviation School in Bückeburg trains some 70 future Bundeswehr pilots using a total of fourteen EC135 aircraft, which log about 6,000 flight hours a year. Over the course of twelve months, student pilots learn how to fly a helicopter under visual flight rules and also qualify in IFR and sensor flight in low-altitude night flight.

In addition simulator training is done at the Hans E. Drebing simulator centre of the German Army Aviation School at Bückeburg on of the largest helicopter simulation training facility in Europe. The simulator centre including twelve full-flight simulators - two CH-53, two UH-1D, and eight EC135 - in addition to two NH90 simulators

The German Army Air Corps has been operating 14 EC 135 helicopters for training since 2000.
 This EC-135 of HFWS gave a interesting solo-display at Bückeburg.



Ausbildungswerkstatt Bückeburg

With the foundation of the Bundeswehr in 1955, a decision was made that every branch of the Bundeswehr should have their own helicopter units, operating within the framework of the tasks designated to each branch of the armed forces. Thus, the German Army Aviation Corps was founded.

The first training school, of this newly established branch of the German Army, the School of Army Aviation, was established in 1959 in Mendig but moved to its current location in Bückeburg in January 1960 and has been there ever since.

In the training workshop at the German Army Aviation School in Bückeburg , there are two training courses . Firstly a course for aircraft electrician and a course for aircraft mechanic , both courses run for 3 ½ years.

the 'Ausbildungswerkstatt Heer' has some attractive instructional airframes some were on static display outside and others ones where in the hanger. They ranged from the venerable Piaggio P.149 to the Alpha Jet including the G91 and two OV-10B Broncos, all former Luftwaffe aircraft.

The Bö-105 has been a fixture of helicopter fleet off the German army for over 40 years. They reliably carried out their missions and proved their worth day after day under tough conditions.

The Bö-105 "last" Show

The Bö-105

The Bö-105 has been a fixture of helicopter fleet off the German army for over 40 years. They reliably carry out their missions and prove their worth day after day under tough conditions.

All good things come to a end making this year is the last for the Light Utility Helicopter Bö-105. The Bö-105 first flew in 1967, and was delivered to the German armed forces from 1984 onwards. Serving in the liaison and reconnaissance role in the form of the Bö-105M. And in the anti-tank role with the he Bö-105P. The German Army acquired a total of 312 of these helicopters comprising of 100 Bö-105M and 212 Bö-105P

During this show a demo was given with the Bö-105, this performance would  be one of the last by Hauptmann Olaf Langanki on the Bö-105 in Germany as the withdrawal of the type is planned for December 2016




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