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For a Living Museum

Friends and supporters fill the Museum with life. They help out where expert knowledge is required and assist with events. In addition to the general support provided by the support association, sponsors for exhibits and other voluntary helpers are also committed to restoration.


Sponsors for Exhibits
Sponsors for exhibits take on responsibility for one or more exhibits of the Museum. This may also include helping with the description, the maintenance or the presentation of the relevant exhibit.

Frequently, Bundeswehr units take over the maintenance of their sponsored objects when former and active soldiers are visiting Berlin. These visits are usually rounded out by activities promoting politico-historical education and by beer calls. Other sponsors are civilian aircraft enthusiasts, radio amateurs and clubs.
For more details, see our flyer on sponsorships for exhibits or mail a request for information to
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Voluntary Helpers
A network of companies and aircraft enthusiasts supports the restoration team of the museum for individual projects with information and in some cases also with much needed spare parts.

Current Projects

Dock 1
Trailer / command post "01+01" of Einsatzgeschwader 1, Piacenza: restoration and preparation for display in our new exhibition in Hangar 3

 

Dock 2
Fairey Gannet A.S.4 (UA+106): Preparation for display in our new exhibition in Hangar 3

 

Dock 3
Externally funded project "anticorrosion layers for cultural objects" within the program INNO-KOM-Ost (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy). Tests with anticorrosion layers on Dassault Super Mystère B.2 and MiG-21 UM (256) in cooperation with Innovent e.V. Technology Development Jena

 

Dock 4
Focke Wulf Fw 190 A8: Continuation of the reconstruction, the weapon system and the cockpit area 
Fieseler 103 ("V1") - Recovery - : Restoration and preparation for display in our new exhibition in Hangar 3

 Finished projects:

**Done: Mil Mi-4A (569): restoration of the helicopter and reconstruction of the paint scheme**
**Done: Republic F-84F "Thunderstreak" (DF-316): conservation and preparation for transport to the temporary exhibition "Watch Out! Spies" at MHM Dresden**
**Done: MiG-15bis (3905): conservation and preparation for transport to the temporary exhibition "Watch Out! Spies" at MHM Dresden**
**Canadair CL13-A "Sabre" Mk.5 (BB-150) and Fiat G91 R3 "Gina" (99+07) are on display at the temporary exhibition "60 years Bundeswehr" at MHM Dresden since 22 October 2015**
**Surface-to-Air-Missile System S-200 "Vega" (SA-5 GAMMON) received a new coating in October 2015 and can be visited in the air defence park of our museum**
**Surface-to-Air-Missile System S-75 "Dvina" (SA-2 GUIDELINE)  received a new coating in September 2015 and can be visited in the air defence park of our museum**
**The refurbishment of IL-28 (208) was completed on 4 September 2015, it is on display at our outdoor display area**
**Building up the Temporary Exhibition "De Aanval / Der Angriff" in Rotterdam (until 30 April 2015)**
**The conservation works on Casa C-2.111, replica of He 111 H16 (G1+AD) are completed, the aircraft is on display in the temporary exhibition "De Aanval" in Rotterdam**
**MiG-17PF (615) is on display at the Fighter Aircraft exhibition space opposite Hangars 5 and 6 (since April 2014)**
**Pembroke P.66 (AS+558) is on display at the Transport-Aircraft exhibition space in front of Hangar 3 since September 2013**
** The Piasecki Vertol H-21C (83+08) is on display in Hangar 3 since March 2013**
** The Farman III Biplane is on display in Hangar 3 since March 2013**
** SU-22 M4 (613) and SU-22 UM 3K (25+52) received anticorrosive measures in December 2012 **
** Aero L-29 Delfín (311) was disassembled and prepared for road haulage in December 2012. Sächsischer Verein für historisches Fluggerät e.V. will refurbish the aircraft andd put it on display inside their exhibition hangar **
 ** F84 (BF-106)  was disassembled and prepared for road haulage in November 2012. Traditionsgemeinschaft Jagdbombergeschwader 34 Memmingerberg  will refurbish the aircraft and put it on display inside their exhibition hangar **
** The MiG-17PF (091) is refurbished and ready for paint works **
** Die Pembroke (AS-558, last sign: 54+07) is refurbished and ready for paint works **
** The refurbishment of the Royal Australian Airforce C-47 (DC-3) was completed as scheduled by May 11, 2012. She is now on display in front of the Gatow tower building **

Before it is too late...

Since 1986, members of the Museum have participated in the recovery of aircraft and aircraft components both in Germany and abroad.

Our connections with aircraft enthusiasts, interest groups and partner museums have resulted in a shared wealth of experience that is steadily increasing. Bundeswehr engineers support the search and recovery operations.

On average, the Museum is involved in three to five recovery operations per year. Among the finds made by the Museum and its partners in the past, the following objects are particularly noteworthy:

A Ju 52/3m airplane recovered from Lake Hartvikvann near Narvik (Norway) in a joint project by Gunther Leonhardt (Aviation Museum Laatzen-Hannover), the "Interessengemeinschaft Ju 52 e.V." (association with a common interest in Ju 52 aircraft), the Community of Tradition of Air Transport Wing 62 and the Norwegian government on 22 August 1986. Today, the plane is on display in the Ju 52 hangar of the Wunstorf airfield on loan from our Museum.

A Focke-Wulf 190 D-9 plane recovered from Lake Schwerin by the Museum and various interest groups on 15 November 1990.

Parts of the Fritz X guidable rocket bomb recovered in Hesedorf by Museum personnel, divers from Mountain Engineer Battalion 8, Ingolstadt and soldiers from the local materiel depot of the Bundeswehr in June 2008. 

A Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun plane recovered from the Jasmund Bodden on the island of Rügen by Museum personnel and divers from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Schwerin) police / Mountain Engineer Battalion 8, Ingolstadt on 19 November 2009.

A Junkers JU 88, recuperated from the Baltic Sea close to Sassnitz on June 1st - June 15th, 2012, by the museum, divers from Mountain Engineer Battalion 8, Ingolstadt and the crew of German Navy seagoing tug Spiekeroog. The wreck is now being preserved in the museum conservation center and examined by museum historians.

Preserving Objects as Historical Evidence

Collecting, exhibiting and interpreting objects and cultural assets as historical evidence is one of the most important functions of a museum, as is the preservation of such objects and assets.

The Museum at the Berlin-Gatow airfield has a restoration hangar at its disposal in which up to four aircraft can be restored simultaneously. The restoration work is directed by a graduated restorer (technical control) and by an officer engineer of the Bundeswehr (organizational control). The workshops are staffed by aircraft technicians, varnishers, a female carpenter, a locksmith and other specialists.

Together, they look after the Museum's major items of defense equipment and the vast number of smaller objects in the collection (e.g. uniforms, pieces of equipment or paintings). They also produce packaging required for transportation and storage.

Preventive measures must be taken to avoid damage caused by light, moisture, material deterioration or insect pests. In many cases, an exhibit must be returned to its historically authentic condition by conservation and restoration measures before it can be shown to visitors to the Museum.

What is important in the work of the restoration crew is that any object must keep its own history. The identity of an aircraft, for instance, must not be altered through repainting or conversion. This is particularly difficult in the case of major items that are displayed outside. Over the years, they require continuous conservation and permanent maintenance.

In order to meet the complex requirements of the extensive collection with its wide variety of materials, the restoration workshop of the Museum maintains contact with specialists all over the world. Together with the Berlin University of Technology and Economics and the Institute of Materials Science at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, the Museum is conducting research into key problems in the preservation of major items of equipment.

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Kontaktdaten

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Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow
Postfach 220053
14061 Berlin

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14089 Berlin

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Am Flugplatz Gatow 33
14089 Berlin

+49 (0)30 3687 -2601 / -2608 (Sa. u. So.)

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