50 Jahre WTD61

Article Index

A 50th anniversary is always something special, and when a flight test centre is celebrating it you have the right ingredients for a lot of surprises. Exactly that was the case at Manching near Ingolstadt in southern Germany when the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61 (WTD61) opened its doors on September 15th, 2007.

Wtd61Where? Manching (ETSI)
When? 15/09/2007

LogoThe WTD61 was founded on October, 1st 1957 in Oberpfaffenhofen and has been given the task to examine and evaluate everything that was due to fly within the Luftwaffe. But by that time it was still called "Erprobungsstelle" ("E-Stelle", or "Test Centre"), which was still the case when it moved to its current location in 165/66. In 1987 it changed its name from "Erprobungsstelle 61" to "Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Luftfahrzeuge des Bundeswehr" (WTD 61) and by doing so also got the recognition of the widespread field of activities in aircraft and system testing. It is today the main test and evaluation unit for flying systems in the German armed forces.

To celebrate this anniversary a Tornado and a Phantom were painted in bright orange, similar to the test equipment that is installed in the aircraft. Furthermore aerodynamic and flight mechanic formulas were written all over the aircraft together with the German national colours and the WTD61 emblem. Additionally the F-4 has got 'Spooky' on the bottom side, the Tornado carrying an emblem with a Tornado saying "Tornado Flight Test".

Tornado 45+30 - s/c 50 years WTD61

001 ---- 002 ---- 003 ---- 004 ---- 005
006 ---- 007 ---- 008 ---- 009 ---- 010

F-4F Phantom 37+16 - s/c 50 years WTD61

011 ---- 012 ---- 013 ---- 014 ---- 015
016 ---- 017 ---- 018 ---- 019 ---- 020
021 ---- 022 ---- 023 ---- 024 ---- 025

Static Display: Phantom, Tornado, CH-53G 84+02 (special markings)

026 ---- 027 ---- 028 ---- 029 ---- 030

Detail photos

031 ---- 032 ---- 033 ---- 034 ---- 035

Add comment

/component/jcomments/captcha/48286
Refresh

more Airshows

19 Hahnweide19 1909 2818

Hahnweide OTT 2019

2019 saw the 19th edition of the Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide. You may also call it a fly-in, a pilot meeting or a warbird airshow, and with around 400 participating aircraft it is arguably Germany’s biggest Read More
05 Japan 0511 1344

Iruma Airshow

Once again we got up early on the 5th day of our trip, because that we would have our first Japanese Airshow at Iruma. Japanese friends we met the year before in Europehave told us Read More
08  0806 5457

NLD Piestany - Slovak Air Show

An airshow in a spa town? That seems to be a highly unlikely combination, but it can be possible as proved recently in Slovakia. The 2. Národné Letecké Dni (National Air Day) was held on Read More
RIAT14 1407 5642

RIAT Fairford 2014

July is usually a busy airshow month in the UK. Many of the big airshow take place in that time, and 2014 once again saw the two big events of the "Flying Legends" at Duxford Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24

Latest Tweets

Statistics

Today 174

Yesterday 197

Week 1009

Month 4121

All 2692333