On the way home from Peenemünde we stopped at Laatzen a town near Hannover were we would visit the local Aviation Museum.
The Aviation museum in Hannover Laatzen has two halls with numerous items from World War One and World War Two. One hall is dedicated to World War One. Besides planes they show you airmen gear, clothing, books and documents and there have cars and models.
The other hall is dedicated to World War Two. Again planes and cars and a staggering 600 model airplanes with lots of concept planes from the Third Reich which never left the drawing board by lack of time of change of plans.
Especially for the engine lovers they have numerous piston plane engines and jet propulsion systems.
They display engines like the “De Haviland-Major Gipsy II, the Argus AS410, the Daimler F 7502 and the Rolls Royce Merlin. Or the Junkers Jumo 004 A-022 jet engine from the Messerschmitt ME262 and the Arado AR 234 reconnaissance jet bomber.
An anti aircraft gun, Flak 36 – 88, stands out next a part of the junker 52 transport plane, Iron Annie. Used by the German Paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger). It is an cut out from the plane and gives insight in the setup of the transport plane.
The big catch for us was the Russian Yakolev Yak-18U, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV, the BF109 – G2 and the Focke Wulf FW A-8.
A command wagon from the Deutsche Afrika Korps (German Africa Corps) stands next to the three fighter planes.
The museum houses 36 airplanes, 673 model airplanes, 30 piston and turbo jet engines.
It can be found in Hannover – Laazen and it will take one of two hours of your time.
It is not an big museum but very interesting. If the road takes you in the vicinity of the museum we recommend that you stop for a peak, it is worth your time.
More information and opening hours visit the website;