Deutsches Museum Munich – Germany

Messerschmitt Me 163, Me 262 and the Fieseler F103 V1 Flying Bomb

Our 2012 trip started with a visit to the Deutsches Museum in Munich. This is really a “warbird” goldmine. During the Second World War the German air force worked hard on the development of new fighter jets and missiles. They successfully developed multiple jet engines and rockets, laying the groundwork for current jet age. From radio controlled missiles to fighter jets and jet bombers to the very famous jet powered flying wing of the Horten brothers (Ho 229).

The museum in Munich has a unique collection of this German development. In addition to conventional aircraft such as the Messerschmitt BF 108 and Bf 109, Fieseler Storch, the Junker 52 and Bücker Bü 131 there are many jet aircraft and missiles to see in the museum. Worth mentioning is that they have the fastest plane from WWII, the Messerschmitt Me 163 on display.

The strangest jet on display is surely the Bachem Natter, a jet especially created to collide in mid air with allied aircraft. The Museum houses a treasure of high-grade German technology from WWII.

Messerschmitt Me 262

The most infamous of all, the Swallow (Schwalbe) or Messerschmitt Me262 which was the first operational jet fighter produced until april 1945, is displayed underneath the Messerschmitt 163.

The Messerschmitt Me 262 on display at Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany
View of the front of the Messerschmitt Me 262 on display at Deutsches Museum Munich, Germany

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Messerschmitt Me 163

This is the fastest German plane of WWII, the Messerschmitt Me 163.

The Messerschmitt Me 163 hanging above the Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter jet in Deutsches Museum Munich
The Messerschmitt Me 163 hanging above the Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter jet in Deutsches Museum Munich

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Fieseler Fi 103 or V1 Flying Bomb

A Fieseler Fi 103 or V1 Flying Bomb hangs from the sealing next to the Me 163 jet.

Fieseler Fi 103 – V1 Flying Bomb, the first Cruise missile

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Bachem Natter, Rheintochter, a complete V2 Rocket, Ruhrstahl X-4, a Henschell Hs 293

Bachem Ba 349 Natter next to the Rheintochter missile - photo 2012
Bachem Ba 349 Natter next to the Rheinmetall Rheintochter missile – photo 2012

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Very rare are the missiles on display in the Deutches Museum. The collection consists a V1 Flying Bomb and a complete V2 Rocket, a Ruhrstahl X-4, a Henschell Hs 293 and a Rheintochter.
The Ruhrstahl X-4, a wire-guided Air to Air Missile missile, is fired in the air from a plane to a target in the air, another plane.
The radio-controlled Hs 293 Henchell is a gliding bomb with a camera in the nose for “in fligth” control. And the huge Rheintochter missile is a land to air missile, fired from an undercarriage of one of the Flak guns and is radio controlled as well.

V2 Rocket
V2 Rocket
V2 Rocket
Henschell Hs 293 and Ruhrstahl X-4
Henschell Hs 293 and Ruhrstahl X-4
Henschell Hs 293
Henschell Hs 293

Luftwaffe Helicopter

One of the Lüftwaffe’s helicopters, the Focke Achgelis, hangs from the ceiling, the Fa 330 from 1942.
It was used by the Navy as reconnaissance from a ship. It took off on mid seas with a rope attached, with this rope it was pulled back when the reconnaissance session ended.
Focke Achgelis Fa 330
Focke Achgelis Fa 330

Conventional Aircraft

Below a small impression of the conventional collection of the Lüftwaffe’s planes from the Second World War.
A transport Junker 52, called Iron Annie by the troops, the infamous Messerschmitt Bf 109, and less known Bf 108 together with the Fieseler Storch a reconnaissance plane.

Junker 52 transport “Iron Annie”
Junker 52 transport “Iron Annie”
Bf 109 E-3 at the Deutsches Museum in Munich

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Fieseler Storch with the Messerschmitt Bf 108 and the Bf 109 in front
Fieseler Storch with the Messerschmitt Bf 108 in front
Bücker Bü 131 (above), Jungmann and the Klemm L 25
Junkers F 13

There is also a section with 1st World War aeroplanes and a replica of the Red baron.

Kriegsmarine, U-Boats and gear

In the basement of the museum, there is a complete submarine from World War One, it is cut open so you can get a good impression from the inside of the sub.
A Second World War mini type submarine, the Seehund (seal) is on display here as well. A navy search light and a very rare tidal calculating machine are in the basement as well. The latter was unfortunately covered up during our visit, we took a picture of it anyway.
There is also a Würzburg Riese radar dish in the museum to see, this was in maintenance during our visit.
U-boat U1 from World War One
U-boat U1 from World War One
U-boat U1 from World War One
U-boat Seehund midget submarine
U-boat Seehund midget submarine
Tidal calculating machine
Tidal calculating machine

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World War Two Drone

The Museum housed a new object for us. In 1943 the German army had already have unmanned planes!!!
Radio controlled drones equipped with 2 cameras.
They flew above the battlefields and brought back information.The Luftwaffe produced 100 of the As 292 Argus Drones, it could fly with a speed of 100 km/h for 30 minutes.
Originally created as target practice for the anti-aircraft cannons, but soon the Lüftwaffe saw more potential in the unmanned planes and they were deployed as unmanned reconnaissance planes.
How about modern warfare!

Unfortunately on our visit the drone itself is not at the museum, so we took some photo’s of the photo’s.

As 292 Argus Drones
As 292 Argus Drones

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The Deutsches Museum is a nationwide organization, they have musuems in Berlin and Munich among others.
So take caution if you want to visit this particular museum. There are two museums, one in Munich and one near Munich.
The article above is from the museum in the Centre of Munich with photos from 2012. We learned that lots of planes and other object are relocated to the second location, Check out both websites before your visit.

Next to the Deutsches Museum in Munich (on the Musueminsel in Munich) check out the website of the “Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim” which can be found north of Munich.

Due to our tight schedule we had only 3 hours in the museum. So we focussed on the objects from World War One and World War Two.
If you like to see the whole museum, we advise to take a whole day to see it all. There are restaurants and restrooms to make your stay comfortable.

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Matthew Aves on

Note that as of April 2018 this collection is NOT in the central Münich museum. Refurbishment means that a limited part has been relocated to the Deutsche air museum half an hour away. Certainly the 262, 163 and Natter are there but many of the other exhibits will not reapppear until 2025 apparently

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