Two Days of Munich Specials and a Little Throwback | Munich, August 28/29, 2020

Welcome back to another weekly spotting topic ™!

Since traffic remains low and monotonous these days, I once again summed up my spotting activities, but today it’s only covering two consecutive spotting days from Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Let’s start with the Wednesday and a little hint of how the weather was giving us a hard time. A few minutes before the main special we were waiting for showed up for departure, clouds were (partially) covering the sun repeatedly, making for nice contrasts, but also quite a few messed up shots. In the case of this Lufthansa A350, we were on the lucky side.

A few minutes later, the reason I was spotting on Wednesday was ready to depart. After arriving one and a half weeks ago, one day after the Bahrain 747 visited us for a few hours (see my last topic for that one), their Boeing 767, the only -400 variant that wasn’t built for Delta or United, also left again after the medical checks of the King of Bahrain were completed.

To complete the spotting session on that sunny, yet stormy, day, I went to spot a few arrivals, starting with this Condor 757 still wearing a colorful mix of parts.

Another special arrived from Dubai - this time it was the blue variant of their EXPO livery on the 777. So I’m still missing the green variant in good light…

Before I left, I still waited for flyPegasus’s 737 wearing the Ada E. special livery.

After the spotting itself, I decided to travel to the Munich Olympic Park to take a few pics of a special piece of Munich Airport history. During the summer, several small festivals are spread around the entire city and the airport also contributes by showing off their old VW Bully follow-me car that used to be in service at the old Munich Riem Airport from 1966 at the Olympic Stadium of the 1972 games, so it’s fair to call this a throwback.

The next day, weather forecast wasn’t as amazing but still good enough to give spotting a try for two specials, starting with Etihad’s Manchester City livery.

Throughout the pandemic, Qatar’s 350 has been a regular guest and nothing special anymore, but I thought thanks to the nice cloud background this shot is still worth sharing.

While clouds can make for great backdrops, they can also be annoying if they show up between you and the sun. That was kinda the case for the special arrival of Turkmenistans Challenger 870, when a thin cloud layer took away the light needed for great pictures. Unfortunately, the weather was way worse when the plane departed two hours later.

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

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 :D

great pictures!

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And another shocking defeat for @Balloonchaser


Oh no the ugly plane is back


I prefer calling it Frankenstein lol


Ah yes hello again D-ABOE.

Awesome photos as always Moritz! Also, do you know why the King of Bahrain has his medical checks in Germany?

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Firstly, I admire how you stay up until 1 AM to post a spotting topic… I strive to be just like you!

Secondly, Great pictures as always <3


Love that VW! Fantastic shots!

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Beautiful photos! That VW Old van is amazing!


Great shots! Although are you trying to trademark spotting topics?

Kidding aside, that Etihad Man City picture is awesome! Keep up the good work!

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That’s probably because of the good reputation of the doctors in and around Munich. It’s not entirely rare for people from the Middle East (and other nationalities as well) to travel to Munich for medical treatments


Amazing photos, well done!

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Absolutely amazing. Very good job

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Munich has some really, really cool traffic! Never knew that Turkmenistan Airlines is flying to Munich, let alone with a Challenger (or is this a government plane?).

Some really cool pictures all around as always! Thanks for sharing ;)

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Exactly, it wasn’t a scheduled flight :)

Hi @Moritz long time I don’t visit. I keep missing your topics. Amazing Condor 757 and Etihad 787! 😍

Keep up the good work.

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Beautiful photos!

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Can you get some more spotting topics up? Moritz is king at this.

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Boohoo, I’m late. At least @Balloonchaser wasn’t first 😏

Saw D-AIXG at LAX last year, it’s beautiful 😍

Balloon, the rivalry continues.

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With only 350s left here I really love to see the old livery flying on them 👀