I took so many photos of the technical museum I’d split the photos into three blog posts, the first post covered the main museum, and here I’ll include the planes.
First of all, this was planes at a museum like I’d never seen before, there was a variety of planes, sure, you could go inside them, sure, but what was unusual was that many of them were raised up on the ground on large metal posts so you could walk all around them underneath and had to climb up stairs to get to most of them.
Many of these planes were at quite ‘jaunty’ angles making it interesting to walk inside them, and some of the wobbled a bit when you were inside them.
Star of the show? was a Lufthansa 747, raised up on metal stilts that you had to climb up to to see
And as we walked towards the nosewheel (50 or so feet up in the air), the metal decking we were walking on became a mesh grid – not for the faint hearted:
Part of the cabin seats were still in place:
Cockpit controls, when real planes needed a flight engineer to keep everything flying:
Although was slightly worrying to notice an escape hatch directly above the cockpit:
Walk out on one wing:
And then downstairs the back half of the plane had been stripped back to the bare fuselage. Was fascinating to see the control cables running all the way through to the rudder and elevators – fly by wire!
And instead of walking back down, we took the slide from underneath the 747:
Russian helicopter (there were a few of these):
And also Russian Antonov 22 – previously both Grant and I had skydived out of one of these planes:
Amazing great collection of planes