Watching White Whales | Ingolstadt/Neuburg, July 23, 2020

Hi once again!

I guess you all know the drill by now, so here’s another topic from a little trip to central Bavaria this week. After I went all the way up to Ingolstadt with a friend on Wednesday already when the flight we wanted to see was cancelled on short notice, we were more successful the day after.

The reason for our trip was a huge one once again. For the first time ever, Airbus sent their Airbus Beluga XL to Ingolstadt, which previously had only seen the “regular” Beluga like I showed you a few weeks back. With light not completely ideal, a white whale arrived in front of several spotters surrounding the military airport at around 9am.

Since there was no traffic expected for the time after the Beluga XL landing, we decided to take a quick trip to Neuburg Airbase again to see some Eurofighter action. When we arrived there, the morning training was already about to begin and the first fighters were already making their way to the runway.

Since we were quite a few spotters there as well, we also got a wave from one of the crew.

After all fighters had departed, we went back to Ingolstadt to spot one of the old workhorses of the German military, the Transall C-160.

Just like the transall, the Bell UH-1D has also been a long-lasting member of the German forces. Just like the Transall, it will leave the fleet soon though. During the spotting trip, we got many opportunities to spot it since it was doing “pattern work” for quite a while.

Even though the Transall and the Bell helicopter are nearing the end of their career, they weren’t the oldest planes around. This Boeing Stearman departed for a short flight (but also with quite some heat haze…)

After a bit more than four hours on the ground for testing, the Beluga XL was finally towed towards the runway again. After starting its engines, it came down backtaxiing the runway offering plenty of time for photos. I can’t help finding this livery adorable.

When turning right in front of us, we also got a chance to capture the sheer massiveness of this A330 based plane. After taking off, we were surprised by a low pass of the white whale which was concluded by several wing waves. Genius me failed to put my phone on the Camera for a video of that action though…

After the day’s special had departed, we were waiting for another special movement I hadn’t managed to capture before. In the meantime, another German Eurofighter departed, this time from Ingolstadt and without any weapons attached since it was a maintenance flight.

The last plane of the day and the first sighting for me of this plane was inbound from Vienna. The German Global 6000 was bringing the German Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer back to his home town. This exact plane is actually very new since it was only delivered back in late 2019.

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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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

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…


First - WOW These are beautiful 😍😍😍

*awards Balloon with the inofficial "First Reply" Badge*

Wow! Amazing photos!

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Nice! Great Shots!!

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Nice pictures! I love those Euro fighters.

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Nice shots and nice to see some military aircraft!
The Eurofighter is assembled in Ingolstadt right?

I had to look that up haha

but yes, apparently Ingolstadt has an Eurofighter Final Assembly Line

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Check your phone, I think your keyboard is broken 👀


Et voilà! Brilliant pictures again. As always can’t choose ❤️

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This. Is. Absolutely. Stunning !
Damn the Beluga XL is such an adorable aircraft :)


Amazing shots as always! Also, eighth…

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Wow amazing as always @Moritz

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Thanks everyone!

I wonder what happened to @JulianB, he should have been here an hour ago 🤔

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So that’s where you got that

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa indeed 👌

Indeed… Have been a bit busy recently, so thank you very much for the tag as I probably otherwise would have missed these amazing pictures!

The Beluga XL is a stunner, especially up close (saw it twice at ~11000 and ~28000 feet overhead, but these pictures are really cool).
You also manage to find tons of other specials with some being unknown to me before…

Great pictures all together, thanks for sharing!

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You’re welcome haha

I can add you to my list of mentions in the initial post if you wish lol

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Ngl your shots are my highlight of the week on the IFC lol, loving the Beluga!

That’s a good idea, and would be much appreciated, thanks!

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