At Least We Still Have Specials | Munich, February 20 & 23, 2021

Hey there!

After an amazing weekend with quite a lot of movements almost two weeks ago, the meantime has been rather quiet in Munich so here’s another quick topic covering two short trips with less spectacular light but with interesting specials.
Besides a return of a plane I showed you in early January, we also got a classic special livery from Dubai, with Emirates once again bringing their orange EXPO 777 to Munich

After a one month stay in Frankfurt Hahn, K5 brought back its new A350ACJ for additional parking back at K5’s Munich base.

A slightly more interesting livery arrived a bit later with LuxAir’s Sumo Artwork livery inbound from Luxembourg.

Despite the metal birds, also a very tiny bird operated at the airport during our lunch break.

Four days later, this Tuesday, two additional specials were announced. Before these special movements, K5 operated another charter flight with D-AKAY’s little brother departing on a charter flight.

Accompanied by K5’s private jet fleet in the background, Germany’s Air Force 1 arrived on a training flight from Cologne.

Soon to be retired and to be replaced by the new A350, the good old A340 left again for Bremen.

Another unusual visitor (at least in daylight) could be seen a few minutes later departing to Sofia on a charter flight - DHL’s A300

Another cargo flight departed with a delay of more than 24 hours. But not only its departure was late, even takeoff itself happened way later than we had anticipated when National’s 747 rotated just a few hundred feet before the end of the runway on the way home to Chicago Rockford.

The trip came to a close with an old classic of the German army, the Bell UH-1D, passing by on a mission.

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

Honorable mentions, TLDRs and Reminders

TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: 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! Quite stunning Moritz! Pleasure to take the title of “first” once again <3 ;)

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Nice photos Moritz! Sun though in the winter 😳

First this time - Nope, Ballon got first

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Wow, I’m impressed. It’s been quite some time haha

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Finally learned how to count I see


Moritz posted a spotting topic. Huh… you’re a planespotter? 😳😳😳


Well, I just didn’t have enough pics to exceed my mathematic abilities


cool shots ‼️ see any bizjets?


This is ironic because there’s like twelve


What’s settings for that bird?

@Moritz I spotter the A340 in Bremen, sadly it made a LAP and had been going around very very early. But thanks to the information, some Spotters from Munich called ahead and told us Spotters In Bremen that 16+01 will visit us!

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Nice spotting!!!

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Oh I actually did, one recently got a new owner so it was a hot photo on JP 😍

Oh, the Classic GAF „low“ approach haha

We were already scared it would do the same here but luckily we got the contact of one of the crew members who told us they were actually going to land

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Some really cool pictures as always! I must admit the all-white livery suits the A350 really well, but a B747 is always a contender for my favourite picture as well. Nice to see so many other cool specials as well, thanks for sharing!

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argh so lucky… We had been scared when the GAF A350 had his first “Low Low” Approach in EDDW that we might never see the A340 again up here. The A350 had been asking for a low LAP, one of our spotters got the perfect picture that day.

But that day the A340 had been only asking for a LAP and when it got hit by a wind guest they started to go around earlier… But i once before got the 16+01, so i am glad that i had been a spotter in the time of the A340

Bad News: at some point in the future they will probably add some more color to the 350 👀

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