I live near Cologne/Bonn Airport (EDDK/CGN) and went for a walk around a little lake today. This pond is right next to the airport. Luckily, there were 4 aircrafts from the German Air Force Executive Transport Wing right next to the fence. I took some pictures, but these are not of the best quality because I didn’t have any equipment with me and the view is very limited due to numerous trees and the fence.
You can see 4 planes from the Flugbereitschaft des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung der Deutschen Luftwaffe (eng: Executive Transport Wing of the Federal Ministry of Defence of the German Air Force).
They are based here in Cologne but I rarely spotted so many of them together.
The planes on the pictures are:
- Airbus A319-133X CJ 15+01
- Airbus A319-133X CJ 15+02
- Airbus A340-313 VIP 16+01 “Konrad Adenauer” (ex. Lufthansa)
- Airbus A340-313 VIP 16+02 “Theodor Heuss” (ex. Lufthansa)
Those planed handle the VIP state, government and parliamentary flight operations and government officials, members of the parliament and high-ranking Bundeswehr officers (German Armed Force) may claim them.
I made some more pictures of the A319, but you can actually see more trees on it than the actual plane so I won’t post them here.
Due to some incidents with the current planes, the German Government ordered 3 new A350-900 for their Executive Transport Wing. The first 350 is scheduled to go into service in mid-2020, so I really look forward to see the livery on it.
Hope you like this little topic with information and some pictures. :)