BVisitors will experience such historic aircraft as the classic 1936 Focke-Wulf Fw 44J “Stieglitz” biplane, and just a few paces away they will see the latest technologies in manned aviation, the Antares DLR-H2 (photo) and Solar Impulse 2.
Green Flying: A Vision Turning Real
The aircraft of the future will make use of innovative, environmentally responsible technologies such as solar cells and fuel cells. Two model projects that have set benchmarks in the aviation industry are on display at Airport Days Hamburg. The Antares DLR-H2 is the world’s first manned aircraft to be powered exclusively by fuel cells; the Solar Impulse 2, meanwhile, is a pioneering achievement in the field of solar technology. Fitted with 17,000 solar cells, the aircraft has a wingspan of 72 meters, making it wider than a Boeing 747, yet it weighs just 2,300 kilograms, about the same as a medium-sized car. Solar Impulse 2 has just commenced a flight around the world. A model of the aircraft will be on display in Hamburg. Live calls with the pilots are planned. In August, they and their SI2 are expected to be in the USA.
The role of the SI2 in solar technology is matched by the Antares for fuel cell technology. At take-off, in cruising flight, and when landing, the research aircraft developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the project partner Lange Aviation is free of CO2 emissions at all times. And the Antares DLR-H2 has a special connection with Hamburg, having set off on its official maiden flight from the city on 7 July, 2009, proving its airworthiness. The aim of DLR’s research is to deploy fuel cells in real-world conditions for commercial aviation, at least as a reliable source of on-board electricity.
The contrast could hardly be more stark between these innovations and the veterans of aviation that make up the heart of Airport Days Hamburg, with a 1936 Focke-Wulf Fw 44J “Stieglitz” encountering the very latest in aviation technology. The two-seater is considered a classic amongst the biplanes. The “Stieglitz” is a single-engined training aircraft that is also used for aerobatics. And it also acquired fame on the big screen when Heinz Ruehmann sat at the controls of a “Stieglitz” in his role as “Quax, der Bruchpilot”. Today, there are around a dozen airworthy examples of the aircraft in Europe. These veterans of the skies were manufactured by Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau GmbH in Bremen.
Day tickets for the extremely popular Hamburg Airport Days cost 15 euro, reductions are granted to children and families.
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