„The 17th Oldtimer Fliegertreffen At Hahnweide Is Now History“.
In this form I usually said my sincere thanks to you all after the meetings I organized! This sentence is now almost a tradition, and saying my thanks to you is my sincere desire.
After some hard times for all of us we’ve finally spent a beautiful, relaxed, and thank god accident-free 17th Oldtimer Fliegertreffen here at the Hahnweide in a favourable weather. And all this in the memory of two of us who couldn’t be with us any longer although they were present all the time in our thoughts:
Klaus Lenhart and Holger Fritz.
Klaus, Holger, I know that you would have enjoyed this event, and all the time I had a feeling as though you were present. We’re missing you so much!
As I was busy doing lots of work in the aftermath of the meeting, which will also be the case in the next few months I went on a holiday first thing after the meeting. Then normal work took over again, ans so it took me some time to write this article. I hope to have your sympathy.
First of all: thanks for the countless e-mails and letters I received from my fellow club members, from the other clubs at Hahnweide, authorities and participants, visitors, old hands and journalists, and many more people throughout the world. After working on a project for more than 2000 hours in two years, and seeing then that (almost) everything runs according to schedule one is especially pleased by such feed-back. Be assured that I shared this gratitude with my comrades!
We all were highly motivated to offer to the participants, our guests from all over the world, and our visitors a varied and safe event. I think we have achieved this goal, and I want to thank all people involved. Even the weather played fair J.
My thanks go in the first place to the pilots of both sexes and their families who arrived here on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and even on Sunday with their treasured airplanes, profiting from the good weather. Thanks for your fantastic displays, your friendship, and your „good airmanship“, it was a real treat. And thanks for the superb parties on Friday and Saturday!
Thanks to Christophe Bruneliere, Hugues Duval as well as Jack Krine who flew at he Hahnweide for the first time, and were a real enrichment to the show with their wonderful presentations. Thanks also to Wilhelm Heinz who made his first trip to the Hahnweide in his Mustang. Many thanks to our friends the Flying Bulls who, lead by Raimund Riedmann, came to the Hahnweide with all the support they could master, not only in the air. Thanks to Radka and her pilots who came here from Mollis on Saturday evening.
How nice thet Klaus Plasa came here in spite of the failure of the „Rote 7“. Klaus and Volker (Radon), please come and join us in 2015 whith all you’ve got J! Christophe Jacquard was so sad that a failure of the breaks on his Spitfire couldn’t be repaired in the short run. Alain Bes also had to cancel two days before the meeting due to engine trouble on his Bronco. It’s a pity for all these planes but as I said in my last bulletin, this can happen any time in the vintage airplanes business. Bill Charney suffered an injury on his tendons a few weeks before the meeting and thus couldn’t present his Staggerwing . Good recovery Bill!
In spite of the marvellous weather at the Hahnweide some more pilots couldn’t make it to the Hahnweide after technical failures or because of bad weather conditions on the trip. Let’s try again in 2015!
After a regrettable incident while pushing the P 38 out into the field the technical team Red Bull around Anthony Hill started repairing the tail planes of the airplane, and after some days the „technical release“ could be given.
On Monday morning Daniel Koblet and Laurent Calame flew back home, and Peter Teichmann passed over Belgium back to England. His technician Chris was taken to Stuttgart airport already on Sunday by Trevor Archer since his house was on fire!. Sorry Chris, I hope you and your family are well!
Mikael Carlson unmounted his two airplanes on Monday and started on Tuesday on his long journey back to Sweden together with Gunilla (who got a light injury while catching the wingtip of the D VII after her last display – Thank you, doctors Wolfgang Kirsch and Harald Fritz). Our friends from Hungary, with Tomas Rohacs also put their planes in the trailers and drove back to Budapest. Marwig flew back to Oberschleißheim in his Waco, Thomas (Koch) brought his Rapide back home. Many thanks to you!!!!!
Thanks to god, all the damaged planes are repaired now and back at their home airfields. Christoph Fischer also found a warm week-end to take his Piper PA 12 back to Mauterndorf.
Raimund Riedmann flew the Lightning to Salzburg via Hohenems, observed by many spectators (news spread fast! … J) on 22th Sept 2013 offering them a spectacular departure from Hahnweide. Raimund, please tell your wonderful team that we thank them all, and we’re are looking forward to seing them in 2015!
Many thanks to Hanshelmut Thiele and „Walters Vögel“ (the former national team) who achieved a tremendous revival of their parachutists’ success by jumping from the NORATLAS. Marwig Herzog (a former member of the team, like Walter Eichhorn) could be on the airplane as a crew memberJ.
Thanks to Christoph Gottwald who recorded the jumping with his team for SERVUS-TV. If I learn in time when the movie will be broadcast I’ll publish the date here.
Many thanks to Marwig and Frank Herzog (who are in no way related to each other’s families) who used the WACO on all three days to take aerial photos.
As early as Monday evening there was practically no trace of the show to be recognized at the Hahnweide thanks to the many “old hands” of the team around Bodo and Felix. Thank you!
Many thanks to our faithful spectators some of whom came from far away (one came from Peru to fly on board a Junker 52…), who were goo-humoured, interested, well-informed, and highly motivated. As early as on Tuesday did the first camping cars arrive, and no hotels rooms were available around Kirchheim.
Great contributions and feed-back. There were some commentaries I didn’t really understand but that’s perhaps my fault J. But it’s obvious that YOU liked it.
I hope you all had a safe return journey and made a fat entry in your organizers: The 18th Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide will take place from September 04th to 06th, 2015.
I’m sorry I have to say that again there were some spectators (fewer in number this year, thanks to god) who didn’t miss an excuse, stupid as it may be, to dodge from paying the entry fees. Here I apologize to all those who “had to climb over fences or even throw them over”, who had to squeeze through corn fields, bushes and hedges in order to hide from our club members who were busy collecting the fees, those who had to invent ever more exotic excuses and were deep in stress. And all of this on account of 16 €!? What a pity.
Why don’t you just plan another pass-time for 2015?
Thanks for the smooth co-operation with the administration of the municipality of our home town Kirchheim/Teck, with Mayor Mrs. Angelika Matt-Heidecker and the first councillor Günther Riemer, for their support, assisted by – among many others - Christoph Latzecky, Herr Deger and Herr Beck, thank to the adjacent communites and the district heads, the owners of agricultural areas used for parking, and many others! Thanks to the regional flying associations: the Baden Württembergische Luftfahrtverband e.V. and the manager of its flying school Tobias Krüger. Nico Ruwe of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH and the employees of the Deutschen Flugsicherung at Stuttgart airport and in the area control centre Langen – my thanks go to you all!
The KWB Betankungsgesellschaft refuelling company of airport was of great help, indeed, and so were Werner Helm and seine Crew of Flugtechnik Stuttgart GmbH, offering technical support in so many cases.
Our partners fromthe regional aeronautical authorities, Landesluftfahrtbehörde, Regierungs-präsidium Stuttgart, Frau Schlatter, Frau Veigel, Frau Kuder and Herr Kalbfell accompanied us through the festival in a fair and easy-going fashion, and gave us their full support. No trace of a restrictive application of the legal background! We could organize every problem in direct coordination. Many thanks!
The RedCross Section here DRK, supervised by Andreas Schober, and our emergency doctors Thilo Haug, Georg Preu and wife Susi, the fire brigade under the command of Roland Schultheiß, Michael Briki and Michael Heyde, the police with Thomas Pitzinger, and S.O.B. SECURITAS under the leadership of Michael Mohrenwieser contributed a great deal to the success of the meeting, thank you very much! Thomas Wisst and his drivers of OVK traffic services assured fast and frictionless transport to and from Hahnweide with their shuttle buses. Thanks also to Mr Siegmund Freitag of DB Regio railway, and to his team.
My special thanks to the „external“ helpers from the surrounding communities, the friends of the motor-flying school „Freunde der Motorflugschule des BWLV e.V.“ and FB Nabern, who were active both at Hahnweide and at Nabern airfield for those visitors who arrived by airplane.
Jochen Haas, Steffi Senglaub, Roland Kokot, Peter Ludl, as well as Thorsten, Benni, Malte and Marc in the TOWER, always friendly, knowledgeable, and even in hectic situations during the many approaches and arrivals friendly but with a clear mind. This was once more top quality!
Jörg, Jochen and Dirk on the speakers’ tower, 3 days of pure emotions in spite of the heat on Friday and Saturday from 09:00 to almost 20:00 hrs, enormous knowledge and the ability to comment “without words” when need arose. And always ready for a hot remark. Boys that was really exciting, many thanks! Phrases like “air would be nothing alse but air without the planes in it” have achieved cult status. Sometimes I was really overwhelmed. … J
Thank you to all the flyers from the other Hahnweide Flying Clubs, to our old and new Caterers, the Klink Firm from Friedrichshafen with manager Frau Klink-Eberhard, and to our publican Salvatore.
Thanks to Uwe Hausdörfer who organized the entire supply in beveredges.Thanks for the Rock`n Roll on Friday night with the „Bang Bags“, the „Rumblers“ on Saturday night, and of course Rainer Mugrauer and his „indoor Flight-Show“.
Thank you especially to the Ratzel Family of Autohaus Ratzel GmbH at Zell unterm Aichelberg who offered almost all the shuttle buses and allowed us to use their washing street! J. And thanks to Herr Russ of Autohaus Mercedes Russ and Roland Klement of Porschezentrum Filderstadt for the cars!
Thanks to Timo Süßand his crew of HKS Beschallungen for the sound installations and the illuminated flightline, Neckartal Quad for quad cars, Andreas and Georg Walter for electric devices and electronics as well as Erich and Steffen Keppler of KEPPLER REISEN who managed to get the Junkers 52 passengers from Dübendorf to Hahnweide and back again. In addition Steffen, as team leader pilot shuttle, worked until late into the night and in the early hours to take the pilots to their hotels and back.Many thanks!
Thanks to the companies Döbler and Schmittinger for providing us with spezial use vehicles.
Please don’t bear a grudge on me in case I forgot to mention someone. Thank you all !!
My special thanks to my team and the members of Fliegergruppe Wolf Hirth e.V. who are always a reliable group. Even in times of stress we did some sensationally good work! Like in the previous years it was a pleasure to see you in action! What I like particularly much is the fact that our youths is so fully integrated in the event, showing a high degree of responsibility! Thank you all so very much.
But let me mention some of them by name, without any thought to cheapen the merits of the others.
There’s in the first place my deputy Felix Breckel to be mentioned! In spite of all the stress in his job, mainly on account of the grail catastrophy over the region and health problems worked with me all through the year for this meeting 2013. As leader of the ground services he arranged for everything to run smoothly. In many conferences „in a small circle“ (3-4 persons) he was a prodigious adviser and executive. And once more we noticed that many initiatives can lead to great practicable and safe solutions, without the need for long discussions. Many thanks Felix!
The next one to have my sincere gratefulness is Bodo Bleichner! He’s belonged to the inner circle since 2009 and he is the deputy manager of ground services and thus my personal deputy. He is our security officer and he also controls the branches „Merchandising“ and „Security services“ and many more! Bodo, Felix and I were very busy arranging the safety procedures, already long before the meeting. And all this in addition to the job, and in our leisure time! Bodo often managed to calm me down with a comment like „all’s well that ends well“! His motto: act, don’t talk.
Bodo, you’re a wonderful friend, thank you very much indeed!
No meeting and the preparations thereof would be possible without Markus Kottler and Ewald Veygel, who were engaged with the problems of parking, accessing the airfield area, departing. Thanks to their meticulous work everything went smoothly.
Markus is a very keen and thoughtful advisor and manager. I can’t think of a meeting without his assistance. Many thanks!
Stefan Kessler is the person who gives the meeting its “face”.Whatever printed media or internet sites were connected with the event were designed by him! In recent years he used to make the DVDs but this year he won’t be able to spare the time and production, sorry! We are however preparing an OTT-Kalender 2014 which you can buy at Werner Irlbeck’s (http://www.irl-shop.de/) Thank you!
Rainer Rauch der mit seiner Gelassenheit die Betreuung der Presse aus aller Welt bereits lange vorher übernommen hat und mich dadurch wunderbar entlastet hat. Danke!
„Wolle“ Frank Wollmershäuser was successful, as usual, airfield organizing ground vehicles, and he did it in his own typical manner: charming but obstinate. Thanks Wolle, perfectly well done!
Both my sons Marc and Patrick had been my advisors and critics for two years, and anyone who has got sons knows how pitiless bat effective such a co-operation can be J….
Together we planned, organized, and performed a fantastic show. The OTT has been a conversation topic during the meals for months. And it was fun! Marc helped with the tower work and the display schedules, Patrick as my personal assistant helped me at all stages of the preparations and planning, and relieved of a load of touble during the meeting.
I thank you very muchfor your support!
At the very end of this treaty I say my special thanks to my wife Gudrun who lived through all the phases of the meeting with me, endured all the highs and lows, gave me advice and eventually didn’t have as much fun as the rest of the family because she often had to go without us. You are simply magnificent my darling, what would I do without you! Thank you so much!
Now then after a few more cleaning-up work the Oldtimer Fliegertreffen 2013 will really be history. By the beginning of 2014 work will go on with the preparations for 2015!
Be well until the middle of 2014 when we’ll start again preparing the 18th Oldtimer Fliegertreffen at the Hahnweide from September 04th to 06th and bring this web site back to life,