Within the german armed forces (Bundeswehr) - this institution bears for the german armed forces the responsibility, that only trustworthy and capable flying material gets into operation. This office is also responsible for the qualification and checkout of all technical changes on already operational flying systems. The agency has its home on the airfield Ingolstadt-Manching which is part of it and which is shared with EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company. WTD 61 performs all kinds of test operations. For these test programs special test airplanes are used which carry sophisticated test and sensoric equipment that is capable to sense hundreds of values, store them and transmit them to the test center on the ground. For this task the agency owes a considerable number of transport and jet aircraft and helicopters, which serve as flying test platforms.
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WTD 61 Tornado 98+77 Kormoran 2 testplatform
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping. Background Story The KORMORAn anti-ship missile has a major part of its origin in a french project by Aerospatiale and was developed starting 1964 by the MBB company which merged later with the european EADS, later AIRBUS, company. Basis was the tactical request of the Navy for a "fire and forget" weapon to oppose ships. Working principle: After the radar of the carrier airplane has detected a target, its data, like direction and speed of movement (vector), distance and own speed, are handed to the missile which then is fired. The airplane can turn away from the threat right after the launch and stay outside the threat circle. At first the KORMORAN fires two smal start-engines to accelerate fast. After that the engine for the march is fired and accelerates approx. to Mach 0.9. 100 seconds of burning time are good for an estimated range of 40 km. Navigation towards the target is controlled then by an innertial navigation platform. The low altitude of less than 30 meters above the waves is controlled by a radar altimeter. Close to the target the missile descends down very close to the surface and the waves to hit the vessel right above the waterline. To avoid detection in the final approach by radar warning equipment the missile uses a very small sector of its search radar only. The missile does not explode upon impact but penetrates the hull fist to continue to the inside. KORMORAN 2 provies a much more capable warhead, a better target distinction and higer safety against interrogation compared to KORMORAN 1.

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WTD 61 Tornado 98+79 ASSTA 2 testplatform
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping. Background Story Considering the optics of this TORNADO testplatform of WTD 61 this is neither an IDS nor an ECR. For the exact classification as an IDS the cannon opening near the radom is missing for the ECR classification the FLIR bubble and the IIS cover on the belly underneath the cockpit are missing. The writing "ASSTA 2" on the fin stands for "Avionic System Software in ADA 2". Compared to the F-104G "Starfighter" which was once substituted by the MRCA TORNADO this new airplane was a major step ahead in many respects to airplane technologies. Especially in concern of the avionics the introduction of freely programmable computers for the control of the most sub and sub-sub systems, the displays, the navigation, the self defense, the weaponeering and so on was a revolutionary change. In the course of time the TORNADO underwent a couple of improvements and increase in firepower to keep up with the general developement in the military technologies. New weapons linke HARM, Kormoran 2, TAURUS, laser guided bombs and recce pods togehter with the necessary optics were introduced and integrated into the system. On the first hand introduction of new stuff means also introduction of new or adapted software. ASSTA 2 stands for a major software update which was tested with this airplane prior its introduction to the operational aircraft.

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WTD 61 Tornado IDS 45+03 special paint „50 Years WTD 61“
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping. Background Story September 15 2007 the technical test facillity WTD 61 from Manching, Southern Germany, celebrated its 50th birthday with a big open door day and flight show. This facillity bears responsibility that for the benefit of flying crews and the population only capable and safe flying equipment is introduced into the german armed forces. Furhteron WTD 61 takes care for the qualification of newly introduced equipment into operational flying platforms. The home of the facillity is the airfield Ingolstadt-Manching which actually belongs to it and which is shared with the EADS company. It has got 2 operational runways. In stock of WTD 61 are all kinds of transport and fighter aircraft as well as helicopters which serve as testplatforms and which are equipped with extensive special electronic equipment to conduct testflights and trial campains. For this special event "50 years WTD 61 - 50 years flight test" the facillity painted two of their jets, a F-4F Phantom II and a TORNADO IDS with a spectacular orange special paint. Additionally all kinds of math formulas belonging to flightphysics are spread all over the fuselage.

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WTD 61 Tornado IDS 98+02 pre-production prototype P13 with MW-1
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping.Background Story In the course of the TORNADO developement 10 prototype aircraft (GB 5 including a trainer and one for static ground tests, Germany 3 and Italy 2) and 6 pre-production prototype aircraft (Germany 3, GB 2 and Italy 1) were build. In most cases those aircraft were not equipped completely with all systems but only selectively to undergo extensive tests with one or two systems (e.g. flightcontrol system, or terrain following radar, or navigation system and so on). Furtheron constructive changes or improvements during the ongoing developement came up and had to be incorporated and tested. P13 had its first flight January 10 1978 in Manching with the crew Fritz Soos and Rainer Henke. The main tasks of this pre-production series aircraft was testing of aerodynamic behaviours flying supersonic and trials with the new MW-1. Interesting is also the fact that this was the first airplane to have a modified leading edge of the taileron which had gotten a distinct knick. After 15 years of development it was decided in 1984 by the german forces to buy the MW-1. 1985 the first deliveries started. From planned 2554 MW-1 only approx. 850 were bought though. Besides the Luftwaffe only the Italian airforce bought another 100 units.

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WTD 61 Tornado IDS 98+06 prototype P07
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping. Background Story In the course of the TORNADO MRCA developement (military name Panavia PA-200) 10 prototype aircraft (GB 5 including a trainer and one for static ground tests, Germany 3 and Italy 2) and 6 pre-production prototype aircraft (Germany 3, GB 2 and Italy 1) were build. In most cases those aircraft were not equipped completely with all systems but only selectively to undergo extensive tests with one or two systems (e.g. flightcontrol system, or terrain following radar, or navigation system and so on). Furtheron constructive changes or improvements during the ongoing developement came up and had to be incorporated and tested. Due to reduced engine power the first prototypes were restricted to a max speed of Mach 1.3 and a maximum flight altitude of 40.000 ft. All prototypes carried extensive electronic test equipment which was capable to monitor more than 460 parameter of the airplane and record them continuously. This system was also capapble of transmitting up to 150 parameter at the same time to a ground station. P07 had its maiden flight March 30 1976 in Manching with the crew Nils Meister and Fritz Eckert. It was the first prototype with a complete functioning avionic system. Together with prototype P04 it conducted all for the avionic system necessary trials to get an official release.

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WTD 61 Tornado IDS 98+60 testplatform with TAURUS cruise missile
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping. Background Story The Bundeswehr Technical and Airworthiness Center for Aircraft - WTD 61 (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61) - bears within the german armed forces the responsibility, that only trustworthy and capable flying material gets into operation. The office is also responsible for the qualification and checkout of all changes on already operational flying systems. The agency has its home on the airfield Ingolstadt-Manching which belongs to it and which is shared with EADS. WTD 61 performs all kinds of test operations. For many of these test programs special test airplanes are used which carry a sophisticated test and sensoric equipment and are capable to sense hundreds of values, store them and transmit them to the test center on the ground. For this reason the agency owes a big number of transport aircraft, helicopter, jet aircraft who serve as flying test platforms.

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WTD 61 Tornado IDS/ECR 98+03 Prototyp and Testplatform
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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping. TORNADO 98+03 took as a pre production prototype for the first time off March 03 1979 in Manching, Germany. The crew comprised the two german test pilots Armin Krautmann und Fritz Eckert. This was the first TORNADO whose frontal fuselage was completely according to the later production standard. His main task was the test of the two Mauser guns and the completely new developed MW-1 (multipurpose weapon) which was constructed especially for this new type of airplane. With the concept and developement of the new ECR version of the TORNADO germany went a way on its own within the TORNADO consortium in the 80s. In the course of this developement IDS 98+03 was reconstructed and became ECR 98+03 and with this the first and only ECR prototype. He had his first flight August 18 1988 in Manching. Not considering the big HARM missile under the fuselage and the "ECR" writing on the fin there are only three visual constructive differences to the IDS.These are the removed guns and the two covers underneath the fuselage in the cockpit area. The one closer to the radom is the FLIR (forward looking infrared) bubble and behind it the cover of the IIS (infrared imageing system). The main differences are not visible they are e.g. a completely new and much more capable software which supports all new ECR features, the emitter locator system ELS, the operational data interface ODIN, stronger MK-105 engines, a digital recording system DVRS, a digital mil bus system, new displays, a stronger air condition to serve the larger amount of electronic equipment and much more. ECR 98+03 had its last flight 20-02-2001.

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