A well-earned “business trip” in the Spanish HA 200 “Saeta”
over the Airbus sites in Manching and Ottobrunn
The Messerschmitt Air Museum attracts great attention from Airbus members of management and the Messerschmitt Foundation Board of Directors at air shows and trade fairs. The displays are popular everywhere. Is that a piece of Airbus and aviation history flying in the sky, in its element, in the air? One or two people would love to be in the cockpit.
You can’t buy a ticket to fly with the Messerschmitt planes though. You have to literally work for, i.e. earn, this totally fascinating experience by substantially promoting the air museum.
On 29 May 2018, Dr Lars Immisch, Head of Airbus Defence & Space Human Resources, had the extraordinary opportunity to go on a very special “business trip”, instruction flight over the Airbus sites in Manching and Ottobrunn in the HA 200 “Saeta” at the Messerschmitt Foundation’s invitation.
The preparations, such as the check-up with the aviation medical examiner, adjusting the equipment, the briefing about the cockpit and flight and the discussion about the flying route and running through the safety regulations and procedures were completed early on.
After a light snack, it was time for the practical briefing in the HA 200 and cockpit. Belting up, including the parachute, adjusting the pedals, the radio communication test and many other steps were carried out. Then the big moment finally arrived: cabin roof closed and locked – and suddenly you are “alone” with the HA 200, in direct contact with just the pilot. Everything else is outside the cockpit and therefore endlessly far away. Flying captivates everyone.
Heading up towards the blue and white Bavarian sky in bright sunshine. A new feeling for Dr. Lars Immisch, travelling in an over 50-year-old jet. He was in good company. As Tom Enders had already sat in this seat during a flight over Berlin in 2000.
The HA 200, designed by aviation pioneer Willy Messerschmitt, was used by the Spanish air force in the 1950s and 60s. Dr. Immisch enjoyed the roughly 1-hour flight over Munich and Upper Bavaria. After landing in Manching Prof. Gero Madelung welcomed him with a bouquet of flowers. He is Willy Messerschmitt’s over 90-year-old, fit nephew and worked as a co-designer on the HA 200 in his day.
A very special kind of unique experience and a lasting memory of the Messerschmitt Air Museum in Manching – a flight with the HA 200.
Team / Messerschmitt Museum of Flight