Cottbus Airfield Museum

Cottbus was a Luftwaffe and East German Air Force base very close to the Polish border, about 70 miles south-east of Berlin. Now closed, with the runway covered with solar panels, many original buildings remain. Flugplatzmuseum Cottbus has many interesting aircraft and display rooms, and some active restoration seems to be under way.

One of its old hangars, built in 1934 and designed to be transportable, was used by Focke-Wulf for assembly and flight test of their Fw190, Fw200 Condor and Ta152 aircraft. It has been transported to the USA, and is now in use at Jerry Yagen's Military Aviation Museum at Virginia Beach Airport. See my US East Coast Tour 2017 pages.

Aircraft Operator Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Aero L-29 Delfin East German Air Force 370  
Antonov An-14A Pchelka East German Air Force 996 Pchelka = Little bee (NATO Clod)
Canadair CL-13B Sabre 6 Luftwaffe JA-111 Ex JA-311 and JC-368.
Fiat G91R/3 Luftwaffe 32+15  
Focke-Wulf Fw-190F-3 wreck Luftwaffe 670071 yellow 4 Destroyed in April 1945 at Finsterwalde when its hangar was demolished during a Soviet advance.
Ilyushin Il-28 wreck East German Air Force 205 Recovered from the Baltic. (NATO Beagle)
Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star Luftwaffe 94+69 EB-399 Ex 54-1568, AB-285, BD-285.
Lommatzsch FES-530 II Lehrmeister   DM-3267 1950's East German wooden training glider - over 300 produced.
MiG-17 East German Air Force 226 (NATO Fresco-A)
MiG-21bis East German Air Force 848 Luftwaffe as 24+21 (NATO Fishbed-L or -N)
MiG-21F-13 Czech Air Force 1015 (NATO Fishbed-C)
MiG-21MF East German Air Force 653 (NATO Fishbed-J)
MiG-21PFM East German Air Force 821 (NATO Fishbed-F)
MiG-21SPS-K East German Air Force 981 (NATO Fishbed-F)
MiG-21US East German Air Force 215 Luftwaffe 23+99 (NATO Mongol-B)
MiG-23BN Luftwaffe 20+44 Ex East German AF 696 (NATO Flogger-H)
MiG-23MF East German Air Force 584 Luftwaffe 20+04 (NATO Flogger-B)
MiG-23UB Luftwaffe 20+62 Ex East German AF 104 (NATO Flogger-C)
Mil (PZL-Swidnik) Mi-2 East German Air Force 380 (NATO Hoplite)
Mil (PZL-Swidnik) Mi-2 Soviet Air Force '02 yellow' Was actually 32 yellow
Mil Mi-4A East German Air Force 538 (NATO Hound)
Mil Mi-4A East German Air Force '785' Was actually 792
Mil Mi-8TB East German Air Force 132 Luftwaffe 93+68 gunship (NATO Hip-E)
Mil Mi-9 East German Air Force 482 Luftwaffe 93+98. (NATO Hip-G) Airborne Command Post version of the Mi-8.
Mil Mi-24D Luftwaffe 98+32 Ex East German AF 547 (NATO Hind-D)
Piaggio FWP149D Luftwaffe 92+13 Appropriately, 190 P149Ds were built by Focke-Wulf. This one has a non- original canopy!
PZL-Mielec 106 Kruk Interflug DDR-TCA Kruk = raven.
PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17) East German Air Force 502  
PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F) East German Air Force 537 (NATO Fresco-C)
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak Luftwaffe 'DD-313' Was actually DD-339
S-75 Dvina (NATO SA-2 Guideline) SAM     The most widely- used surface-to-air missile ever, the type was used to shoot down Gary Powers' U-2 and is still in use.
Sud SE-3130 Alouette II German Army 7622  
Sukhoi Su-22M4 East German Air Force 365 Luftwaffe 25+04 (NATO Fitter-K)
Sukhoi Su-22UM3K Luftwaffe 98+11 Ex East German AF 137 (NATO Fitter-G)
Yakovlev Yak-11 East German Air Force 98 (NATO Moose)
Zlin 42M   D-EWOI  
Zlin Z-37A Cmelak Interflug DM-SVB Until recently, this was in a small museum at Cottbus-Drewitz airport.
Zlin Z-37A Cmelak   D-ESLQ Cmelak = bumblebee.

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