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Air Show Report : ILA 2016 Berlin Air Show

ILA 2016 Berlin Air Show - 60 Jahre Luftwaffe

Photo report by Helmut Richter from the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung 2016 held from June 1 to 4, 2016, at the "Berlin ExpoCenter Airport" on Berlin-Brandenburg Airport near Schönefeld.

In my report of ILA 2014 I had expanded on the competitive situation with other aerospace trade shows as well as on the specific conditions for photography at the Berlin-Schönefeld showground.

In 2016, the ILA organisers have tried to increase the attractiveness to exhibitors and the public by cutting the duration of the show by one day and extend the first of the two public days into the evening. There was no official partner nation announced this year and the show again suffered from the absence of major aerospace industry players, although Boeing returned to ILA to promote the CH-47F for the German Luftwaffe as well as their cooperation with German supply chain partners. Interestingly, Antonov used ILA to present its new An-178 as a candidate for a smaller transport aircraft to complement the A400M in Luftwaffe service, as did Airbus with a Portuguese in-service example of the C-295M.

In terms of the static exhibition and the flying programme, the show was again saved by the presentation of operational equipment by major NATO partner air forces and in particular the German armed forces themselves. Luftwaffe, Heeresflieger and Marineflieger had a comprehensive static display of nearly every type in their inventory, with operational examples of A400M and H145M shown for the first time. On the other hand, this year’s ILA was probably the last one to see the Bo 105 and UH-1D, even though a very limited number of SAR-equipped UH-1Ds will continue to soldier on for a few years.

The Luftwaffe used this ILA edition as the major event for their 60 year anniversary celebrations. A special logo had been created, which was applied to at least one aircraft in each unit. A big surprise was the first appearance of Eurofighter 30+68 in an attractive anniversary colour scheme which was flown each day in a solo tactical demonstration by a Luftwaffe pilot. All solo displays at previous shows had been performed by company test pilots.

In addition to the solo display, a number of other demonstrations were performed by Luftwaffe and Heeresflieger each day, including interception (with an A-4N Skyhawk of Discovery Air as the intruder), SAR, evacuation, combined air operations (COMAO) and fire fighting. A final parade of the participating aircraft was also performed. While participating helicopters again operated from Holzdorf, this time some of the fast jets operated directly from Schönefeld, which certainly added to the attractiveness of the show.

A310-304MRTT 10+27
Tornado IDS 44+79 TaktLwG33
Tornado ECR 46+50 TaktLwG51
Transall 50+67 LTG61
A400M 54+02 LTG62
P-3C 60+08 MFG3
P-3C 60+08 MFG3
UH-1D 71+91 THR30
H145M LUH SOF 76+04 HSG64
CH-53GA 84+97 HSG64
Bo105P 86+25 IHAZ
Lynx Mk88A 83+26 MFG5
EC135T1 8254 IHAZ
EF2000(T) 30+38 TaktLwG73
EF2000 formation
Tornado IDS 45+71 TaktLwG33
Tornado IDS 45+92 TaktLwG33
Tornado IDS 46+11 TaktLwG33
Tornado IDS 46+22 TaktLwG33
Tornado IDS formation
Tornado buddy-buddy formation
EF2000 30+72 TaktLwG74
EF2000 30+68 TaktLwG74 60 Jahre Luftwaffe special c/s
EF2000 30+68 TaktLwG74 60 Jahre Luftwaffe special c/s
EF2000 30+68 TaktLwG74 60 Jahre Luftwaffe special c/s
A-4N 159533-531 C-FGZI Discovery Air
A-4N 159533-531 C-FGZI Discovery Air
EF2000 31+07 TaktLwG31
EF2000 30+87 TaktLwG31
EF2000 31+32 TaktLwG31
A400M 54+01 LTG62
A400M 54+01 LTG62
UH-1D 73+48 THR30 SAR
UH-1D 73+48 THR30
NH90 TTH 78+11 THR30
NH90 TTH 78+31
NH90 TTH 78+11 THR30
NH90 TTH 78+31
NH90 TTH 78+32
NH90 TTH 78+29 IHAZ
CH-53GA 84+39 HSG64
CH-53GA 84+39 HSG64
CH-53GA 84+99 HSG64
CH-53GA 84+99 HSG64
CH-53GE 84+14 HSG64
Tiger UHT 74+24 KHR36
Tiger UHT 74+26 KHR36
Tiger UHT 74+28 KHR36
Tiger UHT 74+42 KHR36
Transall 50+61 LTG63
Transall 50+61 LTG63 with Tiger escort
Transall 50+61 LTG63
CH-53GA 84+35 HSG64 'big pack' water tank
CH-53GA 84+35 HSG64
Bo-105P 87+55 IHAZ
A310-304MRTT 10+24 FBS

As in previous editions of ILA, Germany’s direct neighbours Poland and the Czech Republic sent equipment both for the static display and the flying programme. US forces were also present again with mainly participation of aircraft deployed overseas. The B-1B and the B-52H, which did two fly-bys, are always crowd pleasers. The United Kingdom for the first time sent their three helicopter display teams for the flying display. The Joint Helicopter Command provided the Attack Helicopter Display Team as well as a Chinook and the Fleet Air Arm presented the Black Cats with their Wildcats. Unfortunately, the Chinook became unserviceable early in the show. Its impressive display was certainly intended as a further boost for the campaign to replace the Luftwaffe’s venerable CH-53s with the CH-47.

The number of aerobatic display teams was reduced to just the Patrouille Suisse which, however, is always an important asset for any show programme.

As a summary, the struggle of ILA to remain an attractive industrial trade show is going on and its future remains more uncertain than ever. This year, it was literally saved by the Luftwaffe’s 60th anniversary, which resulted in the largest participation of German military flying equipment ever and provided a lot of attraction for the enthusiast and the wider public. Some other highlights, like the B-1B and B-52H or the attractive helicopter displays, finally made ILA 2016 a worthwhile event again on the airshow enthusiast’s calendar.

MiG-29A 105 1.elt Polish AF
MiG-29A 105 1.elt Polish AF
MiG-29A 105 1.elt Polish AF
MiG-29A 111 1.elt Polish AF
MiG-29A 111 1.elt Polish AF
Su-22UM-3K 308 21.BLT Polish AF
Su-22UM-3K 308 21.BLT Polish AF
M-28B-PT 0218 Polish AF
C295M 016 8.BLTr-13.el Polish AF
C295M 023 8.BLTr-13.el Polish AF
B-1B 86-0111-EL 28BW-34BS USAF
B-52H 60-0007-MT 5BW-23BS USAF
B-52H 60-0007-MT 5BW-23BS USAF
C-130J 12-5756 19AW USAF
CH-47F 13-08132 1-214AVN US Army
CH-47F 13-08132 1-214AVN US Army
Chinook HC2A ZH893 RAF Joint Helicopter Command
Apache AH1 ZJ203 AAC Attack Helicopter Display Team
Apache AH1 ZJ225 AAC Attack Helicopter Display Team
Wildcat HMA2 ZZ375 ZZ515 825NAS Black Cats Display Team
Wildcat HMA2 ZZ375 825NAS Black Cats Display Team
Wildcat HMA2 ZZ515 825NAS Black Cats Display Team
Wildcat HMA2 ZZ396 825NAS
L-159A ALCA 6060 Czech AF
Mi-35 3368 221.vrl Czech AF
C295M 0455 242.tsl Czech AF
F-5E Patrouille Suisse
F-5E J-3086 Patrouille Suisse
F-5E J-3088 Patrouille Suisse
Falcon 900 T-785 LTDB Swiss AF
C295M 16701 Esq502 Portuguese AF
E-3A 90443 NATO
A-4N 199534-532 C-FGZO Discovery Air
An-178 UR-EXP
Me 262A-1c D-IMTT Messerschmitt Stiftung
Me 262A-1c D-IMTT Messerschmitt Stiftung
CL-13B Sabre 5 c-n 895 BB-150 WS10

Report and photos by Helmut Richter ( view portfolio )

First Published: 19 September 2016
Last Modified: 19 September 2016