An Unexpected Air Show | Neuburg a.d. Donau, March 30, 2021

Welcome back for another spotting topic!

This time something slightly different, not from Munich but from nearby Neuburg a.d. Donau Air Base, home of some of Germany’s Eurofighters. After an initial trip to Ingolstadt just before, we decided to check out the afternoon training session and arrived just in time for the first takeoff of the double-seater Eurofighter.

The trainer completed one traffic pattern before it was joined by a second aircraft which therefore departed using its afterburners.

After another pattern, the formation was joined by a third aircraft, also departing vertically to join the group.

Since we didn’t expect that much action which came quite close to an airshow it was hard to capture all the action, but some pics even captured two planes in one shot

Several minutes later, a second group of two aircraft departed the base for another mission and therefore using a “standard” departure without the use of afterburners.

After about one and a half hours, the first few aircraft returned to the base.

To mix up the perspectives, we then decided to position ourselves further out from the arrival runway to get the fighters while they were turning from base to final, which worked quite well for this Eurofighter.

After being the first to depart, the trainer was also the last one to arrive back at the base. As you can see from the picture, we apparently weren’t the only spotters today since another one was actually flying on the back seat of this one.

Thanks for visiting this topic! I hope you liked it! See you for the next topic, whenever it might be ;)

My Equipment:

Canon EOS 80D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (99% of pics)
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS II USM (for wide angle pics)

Backup / Old Lenses

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (for the 1% of the cases where I needed a wide angle lens, replaced by the 24-105 now)
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS STM (for the majority of my very old pics, bascially completely replaced by the 100-400 now)

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Recorded Flights on my YouTube channel

My spotting topics on the IFC (sorted by years since this is slowly getting endless)


Spring Spotting 1
Spring Spotting 2 with Lorenzo
Spring Spotting 3 (feat. Hekla Aurora)
August spotting with some sunrise shots
September 30 with quite some special liveries and bizjets
Spotting in Zurich on the way to Cosford
Spotting Laura and more in Birmingham
Spotting in fog with a sunny end


Special planes at Munich - Munich Security Conference feat. E-4B
Valentine’s Spotting 2019 - Civil Traffic around the Munich Security Conference
Retro Time - British Airways BEA A319
First weekend in Innsbruck - Charter Flights in the Alps
Second Innsbruck Spotting Weekend
Bringing Israeli soldiers to Munich - El Al 747
Another visit of ElAl’s queen - El Al 747
Spotting in the Morning Sun - South African Special Livery A340-300
A full day of Spotting
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
Government Jets and New Perspectives at Munich Airport
One Day Spotting Trip to Frankfurt Airport
Spotting Trip to Berlin
A lot of Specials at Munich
Quick after work spotting for a private A340
Another Sunny Spotting Day in Fall
Spotting with a Female closer than 5 miles, so definitely click even though she’s in none of the Pics!!!
Day and Night Shots at Munich
Deicing and more
Condor’s new colors and a big chopper
Stunning Condensations and a Royal 747
Azimuth Superjet and more for the last topic in a decade


Birthday Spotting
The Final EXPO A380
Special Cargos in the Evening
Zurich’s Airline Traffic during the WEF Week
Air Force One Ramp Tour
Air Force One Arriving in Zurich
Heavy Contrasts for Air Malta’s Retro Jet
First Two Days of SiKo - Kuwait A340, Russia Il96
Amazing Security Conference Perspectives feat. Kuwait’s A340 and more
Etihad’s Choose China Livery
Security Conference Final
Trying A New Position for Condor‘s and United‘s New Liveries
Last Specials Prior to the Corona Break
First Spotting Trip After the Corona Restrictions With Some Cargo Specials
50 Years Special Livery on a Rescue Helicopter
Spotting AN-22 in Leipzig
Spotting the Last Departing A340s of Lufthansa
First Visit of Qatar’s OneWorld A350-1000
AN124 and Other Specials in Munich
Spotting in Frankfurt With Several Specials
Early Morning Cargo Movements
Government Flights at Munich
Military & Special Spotting at Ingolstadt and Neuburg AFB
DC3, Hekla Aurora and an EXPO livery at Munich
The First Visit of an Airbus Beluga XL
Summer Spotting Ending with Engine Light
IL76 Spotting in the Summer Heat
Two Weeks of Specials Summarized
Two More Days of Specials in Munich
Special Movements in September
Covid-19 Fall Spotting
P3, F18, A400M and more
Night Deicing, going to Frankfurt and more


Not the Best Weather for Spotting, but at Least There Were Specials
Spotting in Spectacular Winter Light Part 1
Spotting in Spectacular Winter Light Part 2
German Air Force 1 and more specials
National 747, a Special Bizjet and a Rescue Heli
Departure of a C5 Super Galaxy in Munich

Honorable mentions, TLDRs and Reminders

TL;DR service for @dush19: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Look, something new to quote again!
@Marc you’re welcome 😉
@Nathan time to visit this place again
@Balloonchaser since you will come here anyway…
@JulianB just want to be sure you don’t miss it


First! Beautiful as always 😍😍

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OMG, Balloon is back in the game 👀

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Wow, is really wonderful !
You take some awesome pictures !

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Really Nice Pictures! I bet that was very fun!

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Oh, it definitely was!

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Everyone in Europe: staying home in lockdown

Meanwhile In Germany: plane go zoom zoom

Jkjk lol great pics as usual

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I mean, it’s fresh air after all, you should have seen the number of spotters in Ingolstadt though 😂

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Incredible as always!

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Unexpected but still very cool and interesting content! I really have only a very limited knowledge of fighter planes but they definitely are a cool sight to see!

As always thanks for sharing, already looking forward to the next post!

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Always a nice experience to catch fighter aircrafts in action, performing aerobatic manoeuvres & flying in formation… thanks for sharing these!

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