Chinooks in the Sunset | Warngau, September 24, 2021

Hi there!

Since I have a slight backlog of pictures after the last weeks, welcome to another topic! This time, I didn’t have to travel to Switzerland but I just had to go to the next village since the US Army was doing 2 weeks of parachuting exercises at the local airstrip. On the last day of the training, weather was perfect for the last few flights of the two chinooks used for the operations.

The terrain around the airstrip allowed for some interesting angles with the nearby church and the surrounding hills as a background

Obviously I can not leave out the soldiers who landed back at the field after leaving the chinooks at 10000 feet.

Once all soldiers had landed, the helicopter would also land back at the field to pick them up for another round. After the training was complete we were lucky to see the helis land facing the sun after they used to park facing away from the sun during the normal operations.

After landing it was possible to get close to the helis for some more amazing pictures

The dimensions of the Chinooks and their rotors are just amazing

With both helis parked next to each other, picture opportunities were really great, with a nice little highlight being…

…spotting a Chinook from inside another Chinook

After quite some time on ground, the helis loaded up again and departed back to Illesheim and Stuttgart with all the attending soldiers on board.

I hope you liked these pics, more is still to come ;)

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)

You can follow me on twitter and Instagram to get more shots on a daily basis. Also, keep your eyes open on Flightradar24 where you might see some of my recent shots.




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
A little Eurofighter Air Show
747 Paradise in Luxembourg
Visiting Ramstein and Catching a Chinook next to the Autobahn
Spotting Heavy Traffic in Ramstein
Heavy Spotting in FRA
Airshow in the Alps

Honorable mentions, TLDRs and Reminders

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


First for real this time 😳 excellent photos, I’m glad you didn’t get captured by the US Army<3


Congrats and thanks haha

And well, they didn’t capture us and even told us to have a look inside haha

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First! Amazing photos @Moritz ! Love seeing the US takeover 👀💀


What’s it gonna take to get included on this?

We want the oil, duh.

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Well basically just requesting it usually 😂

And actually there used to be some oil around this area back in the last century, they came a bit too late here

Chinooks are so cool


I keep wondering if I want to call them helicopter or if „flying house“ is more appropriate

Thank you!


Way cool, felt like I was part of the journey. Well done 👌🏾🙏🏾

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