Flugausstellung Peter Junior
Anyone who is on holiday in the German state Rhineland-Palatinate or near the city of Mainz should definitely visit the famous aviation museum Flugausstellung Peter Junior. The Flugausstellung Peter Junior is a private aviation museum in the town of Hermeskeil in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It’s about two hours’ drive from the major cities of Cologne and Frankfurt, and around an hour away from Luxemburg. The museum opened in July 1973 in several buildings with a covered area of over 3,600 square meters. Today, it is home to over 110 civilian and military aircraft displayed on a 76,000 square meter site width an impressive outdoor area. It is one of the largest private aviation collections in Europe with aircraft from the early days of aviation till today. The name refers to the current owner of the museum ‘Peter Junior’ who took over of his father and founder ‘Leo Junior’. The Flugausstellung Peter Junior museum is very popular with photographers and aviation enthusiasts because all of the aircraft and helicopters are beautifully maintained and the fences around them are low so they can still be photographed well. Almost all of the aircraft are labeled and some aircraft and helicopters have stairs so that visitors can look inside the old cockpits. The entrance fee is currently €10 and the museum is normally open from April 1st to November 1st, from 10am to 5pm. For those who love aviation, this museum should definitely be visited!
The museum’s impressive military collection of aircraft comes from the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, the Belgian Air Force, the French Air Force, the German Air Force, the East Germany Air Force, the United States Air Force, the Russian Air Force and many other air forces and civilian operators. Some of the most impressive aircraft and helicopters in the outdoor area of the museum are a replica of the Concorde, a Tupolev Tu-134A (DDR-SCK), a Mil Mi-6A (715309B) helicopter, a Vickers VC10 (G-ARVF), a Heinkel He 111 bomber (G1+FL), a Mil Mi-24P attack helicopter (96+50), a Fairey Gannet (XL450) and the Antonov An-26 (52+08). Inside the replica of the Concorde is a coffee bar with 150 seats. The museum also has an impressive collection Cold War jets such as several Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 fighter jets, a Sukhoi Su-22M4 (25+16), an English Electric Lightning F.2A (XN782), a Panavia Tornado (XX948) and a Hawker Hunter F.6A (XF418). Inside the 3,600 square meters of hall space of the museum you can find different types of aircraft such as a Antonov An-2T (16247310), an Aero L-39 Albatros (28+30), a Dornier Alpha Jet (40+61), a North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco (99+16), a Junkers Ju 52 (D-CIAD), a North American F-100F Super Sabre (56-4014) and a Kamov Ka-26 (7404609). In addition to aircraft and helicopters, there is also a large collection of pilot helmets, ejection seats and aircraft engines inside the museum hall. This museum has also some rare aircraft in its collection such as two Interflug airlines, which is the former German Democratic Republic national carrier. The variety and rarity of aircraft and helicopters on show means that whether you have an interest in civilian or military types there is enough to keep everyone happy.
Text & photos: Kris Christiaens
Location: Flugausstellung Peter Junior, Hermeskeil, Germany
More info: www.flugausstellung.de