The Return of Munich Security Conference | Munich, February 19, 2022

Welcome back to another spotting topic, this time featuring movements during Munich Security Conference which finally returned after a CoViD-related break in 2021.

A short disclaimer in advance: Since the security conference brings government planes to Munich it’s kinda inevitable to avoid politics with these pics, however, this is not a place to discuss politics.

But let’s get started with the pictures. In contrast to previous years, traffic was less spectacular and weather wasn’t the best so I decided to limit my attendance at the airport to saturday with some usual visitors like the German chancellor arriving on a GAF A319 as well as Irish Air Force and Hellenic Air Force business jets.

A new sight was this A319 of Qatar Amiri Flight painted in a new - some might call it more boring - color scheme departing to Doha.

Before proceeding to the highlights, let’s also mention a frequent flyer during the security conference weekend. One of the bavarian police’s helicopters departed in quite a spectacular way passing low over all spotters.

In former years, the UK would usually send their BAe 146 Jumbolinos which are about to be phased out soon, so this year, the visit of Boris Johnson brought us one of the new A321neos operated by Titan Airways in a nice new color scheme.

Maybe not the most spectacular plane, but it took me quite a while to finally get a picture of it - TC-ANA, the government jet of Albania.

Besides the Royal Australian Air Force’s 737 which I sadly didn’t get during the weekend, the visit of the Ukrainian President brought us the most interesting - yet not biggest in terms of size - highlight of this year’s security conference: the Ukrainian government Antonov 148 on arrival from Kiev.

Not necessarily conference related, but a shot I wanted to get for a long time was the departure of an Emirates A380 with Expo stickers climbing out of Munich with some nice cloud background before banking towards Dubai.

My Equipment:

Canon EOS 6D Mark II
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


Winter Charter Time in Salzburg

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


Munich must be very safe with those happening every other week 💀

Great shots as usual!

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Great shots !

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Just a few months until we get the G7 summit here 👀😍

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Beautiful spotting!

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Moritz moment


Amazing shots! That Albanian A319 honestly looks really cool. And you can never go wrong with a little Antonov action.



Nobody makes MUC look so good like you do! I liked the Antonov and GB A321neo the most! Stunning!

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