Military Special Movements in Fall Light | Ingolstadt, November 18, 2020

Hey everybody!

After another month, I finally had the chance to do a proper spotting trip which deserves the name - Munich is just to dead and I could only show the same planes over and over again. Therefore, I went up to Ingolstadt last Wednesday to do some military spotting with a few special movements.

One of the two main reasons for more than 50 spotters to come to Ingolstadt was the first flight of a German Navy P-3C after a long maintenance at the airport.

After performing an engine runup on the opposite end of the runway, it taxied down to the runway end, turned around and started a four hour test flight.

The second special were two Spanish F18 jets performing training flights from Ingolstadt for one week to test the Taurus weapon system.

Besides the one-seater who was carrying the Taurus, a double seater also joined the test flight.

Not only the Spanish, but also the German Air Force performed some flights including two Eurofighters, one of them performing several low passes and touch and goes prior to landing.

Out of the sudden, two unexpected Panavia Tornados of the German Air Force also passed by in formation before returning for another overflight some minutes later.

To complete the military fleet of that day, let’s continue with two A400M of the German Air Force which arrived for quick 30 minute stops at the airport, this one in quite some nice autumn light.

For the departure of the other one, let’s add a bit of prop blur for special effects.

Just before departure of the A400, a slightly smaller visitor arrived back at the airport after a training flight - just a classic C172 in front of a military transporter.

Today’s topic not only features fixed wing aircraft though, but also some helicopters. One of them, privately owned, performed several patterns plus some arrivals and departures.

Some more helicopters were actually operated by Airbus Helicopters who use Ingolstadt as a testing site for their newly assembled helicopters, such as this H145 painted in the camouflage livery of the Air Force of Ecuador.

Further tests were conducted with an H135 built for the Royal Thai Air Force

After some 5 hours, I left Ingolstadt again, like this A400M, just not with such a nice silhouette.

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

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

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



Very, very nice photos! The lighting turned out great!

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Noice pics lad

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And once again I’m disappointed by @Balloonchaser


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How is @Balloonchaser late?! 👀👀👀

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Solid job @Moritz

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I got here earlier than the legendary chaser of balloons :o

Nice photos as always!

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Judging from your enthusiasm you could make for a great German haha

Thank you!

I’m honored to disappoint you. Nice photos 🥰


Thank you, and glad you are alive ❤


Apart from the name there isn’t a difference anyway 😉 unless we are really talking about the EC145/BK117 version

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I found out some time ago the UH-72 was based on the EC-145, according to the folks I know that maintain and fly them. From what I understand the only large difference between the H and EC is the tail rotor.

(Accidentally edited my original post instead of posting a reply)

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Me: Sadly looks at the less than 1 flight per hour stats of his home airport… ;)

Also some really fantastic pictures, especially of the A400M and the helicopters. Learned quite something about airplanes today as I am not too familiar with military aviation apart from the big cargo planes like the A400M.
Great to have you back with a spotting topic here on the IFC!

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You have no idea how happy this post made me. What beautiful pictures, and your narrative is spot-on!

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