80,000 enjoyed Northern Germany’s largest air show last week, with 100 aircraft on display. Lufthansa Technik and Hamburg Airport thus drew a positive conclusion: “The successful combination of vintage aircraft, innovations of aviation industry, interesting facts about the airport and flight technology, and lots of hands-on activities, games and fun made aircraft enthusiasts and family even come from far to spent two great days at the Airport Days Hamburg”, they stated in the closing press release on Sunday. The Airport Days had been inaugurated by Hamburg’s First Mayor on Saturday.
From “Beluga” to “Tante Ju” and “Super Connie”: behind these nicknames for aircraft well loved by Germans, some real rarities – they were the stars explored by the crowds at close seen at the Airport Days Hamburg 2015. Many visitors took a wondering look at the Airbus A300-600 freighter aircraft ST “Beluga” or watched the nostalgic Lockheed Super Constellation in its silver livery in a flight performance high up in the air. In line with the event’s slogan 'Discover the world of aviation’, Hamburg Airport and Lufthansa Technik also offered unusual insight into the world of air travel and aviation. “We are particularly pleased that so many families took the chance to explore our facilities”, said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO Hamburg Airport.
New Technologies at the “Hall of Innovation”
In the “Hall of Innovation”,more than 30 exhibitors allowed a look into the future of aviation by displaying their projects and new technologies. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) showcased the latest technologies in manned aviation, the Antares DLR-H2 (photo) and Solar Impulse 2. Lufthansa Technik presented its crawling robot MORFI and modern flight simulators. “Many visitors also took the chance to gather first-hand information on our various training opportunities and jobs in aviation when talking to our engineers”, said Dr. Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik AG.