Advertisement for the BUGA: Erfurt’s loudest air number

Erfurt – If the airship “Theo” approaches in the sky, the roar of the boxer engines can hardly be overheard despite an altitude difference of 300 meters. OK then! Because that’s exactly when heads turn, when the cameras are pulled out, people are amazed: “Look, an airship!”

It is the reason why the city ordered one of five impact airships worldwide to Erfurt for 90,000 euros: It is intended to attract visitors to the Federal Garden Show.


Frank Peylo (57), head of the airship company WDL from Mülheim an der Ruhr: “The envelope filled with 6900 cubic meters of helium acts like a resonance body, reinforcing the propellers.”

Mark Finney (left) from Nottinghamshire has been traveling the world as an airship pilot for 21 years. Co-pilot Norbert Karraß collects the necessary practical hours for his license

Photo: Marcus Scheidel / MAS picture agency

But already on the first of the ten flight days, the BUGA hum threatened to stop prematurely. As soon as Erfurt’s Mayor Andreas Bausewein (SPD) and MP Bodo Ramelow (left) had ground under their feet as the first VIP passengers, pilot Mark Finney (58) broke off: “Thunderstorm warning.” The Englishman: “We offer the wind a big one Attack surface, security comes first. “

This applies in particular to the total of 108 passengers who were able to get hold of a ticket (400 euros pp) for one of the 18 sightseeing flights over Erfurt on July 1st, 3rd and 4th.

However, boss Peylo warns: “Due to the wind and weather, we have a high failure rate.” Failed flights would be rescheduled if possible.

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18 helpers are ready for the landing, catching the airship “Theo” on ropes

Photo: Marcus Scheidel / MAS picture agency

But before the 60-meter-long airship “Theo” (BJ 2015) makes its rounds again over Erfurt, long-distance flights to Hanover, Dresden and Nuremberg are planned.

Always on board: Co-pilot Norbert Karraß (58), who is refreshing his license on the elevator after a 20-year flight break: “I was the first East German airship pilot in the 1990s.” Now he is asked again, because there are more astronauts than airship pilots .

Those who make it into the air with it will be rewarded: The view of Erfurt is breathtaking – and with 103 decibels, deafening! Fortunately, the captain distributes earplugs in the pulpit if requested.

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It’s minimalist and loud in the pulpit

Photo: Marcus Scheidel / MAS picture agency


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