Text & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys © sbap 2016

The "Auto und Technik museum" Sinsheim is a private owned German museum located in the Frankfurt area.
The history of this museum started in 1980 during a special meeting held by fans of all kind of technologies. The idea of a museum became a reality a few months later and an exhibition area of 5000 M2 was found to concretize this adventure. The official inauguration took place on May 06th, 1981.
This museum is sponsored by the "Auto & Technik Museum" Ev, a non-profit association but is also financed by 2500 permanent members all around the world and the entrance fees of the visitors.
This amazing museum is clearly family oriented with more than thousand items in exhibition and also specific children minded activities all around the site.
Our main interest, Aviation, takes a great place in this museum with over 60 aircraft in permanent exhibition. Sinsheim is the only place in the world were visitors are able to admire a Concorde and a Tupolev TU-144 (alias Concordsky) together and spent a visit on board of those two supersonic airliners, arrived respectively in 2003 and in 2000.
The range of aircraft is very broad with gliders, a German speciality, some World War I flying machines, many World War II aircraft (a great part are former license built Spanish samples) and modern jet fighters or airliners. The mix between military and civilian aircraft is quite interesting.
The name "Auto und Technik Museum" gives already an idea about the other collections that can be found there and it's a real jewel box for all the mechanic lovers. During a visit there you can discover tractors and agricultural machines, boats and submarine, locomotives from the past, around 200 motorcycles, a real large panel of military vehicles from different countries and era's and of course cars with over 300 models exhibited. We have to mention, even if your major interest is turned to aircraft, you'll find the largest collection of Mercedes cars powered by supercharged engines or the largest Bugatti collection of Germany. A specific section is dedicated to the beautiful American cars of the 50's and 60's and all those jewels are presented in their golden year's environment, giving to the visitor the impression of walking back in time into the carelessness of those happy years.
One of the most impressive car was certainly "The Blue Flame" know for a speed record in 1970 with more than 1000 Km/h.
The Formula 1 is also present at Sinsheim with various cars that wrote the history of this high level sport section.
As you can read, this is a place for every kind of technology or industrial history passionate; everybody can find his beloved domain and spend amazing hours in contemplation.
The success story of Sinsheim gave the founder Herman Layher the punch to create a second museum getting the possibility to extend the collections, but this is another story, another place and another SBAP page.
The future visitors have the possibility to book a two day package for the visit of both places Sinsheim and Speyer with a night in a hotel just near the sites. This exclusive package includes a free entrance ticket for the IMAX 3D of Sinsheim and the IMAX 360° of Speyer.
More than words, the best way is to have a look to our photographic report. But stay tuned, the second one is coming and we are quite sure that you will take your car heading for Germany to discover this unique place dedicated to the human engineering knowhow.

Google Earth aerial view of the Sinsheim Museum site
Aviation Hall N° 1
Henri Mignet HM14 "Pou du ciel" D-EMIL Nieuport 11 Bébé "Le vieux Charles" (Guynemer)
Hübner Eindecker De Havilland DH.82A "Tiger Moth"
Scheibe Bergfalke II (D-1619) Schleicher Ka-4 Rhonlerche II (D-1876)
Let L-13 Blanik (D-8771) Ursula Hänle H-111 Hippie
Euroala Jet Fox 97 (D-MYBL) HVS Muskelkraftflugzeug
Zlin Z.381 Bestmann  (HB-USE) North American AT-16 Harvard IIB
De Havilland D.H.104 Dove (D-IKER) Let Z-37A "Cmelak"
Kamov Ka-26D Aeroflot (CCCP-26001) Antonov An-2T
MiG-15 (WSK PZL Mielec LIM-2) Soviet pilot wearing a VKK-6M Pressure Suit and GSh-6A high altitude Helmet
Junkers Ju-52-3M (CASA 352L) Eastern front Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-3
Junkers Ju-88 A-4 wreck with mockup parts The original tail salvaged from a lake in Sweden in 1986
Heinkel HE 111 H  (CASA 2.111B 01) Close up on the glass nose of the H.111
Junkers Ju-87 B-2 "Stuka" 
Salvaged in the Mediteranean Sea near Saint-Tropez in 1989
Cijan (Ikarus) Kurir
Yugoslav-designed and built, inspired by the Fieseler Storch aircraft
Messerschmitt Bf109 G4
Ex Spanish Air Force C.4K-170. Was in the Battle of Britain film (G-AWHS) 
Didactic side of the Bf-109
Morane Saulnier MS-500 Criquet  (D-EMWF) FFA C-3605
Avionette le Pitchof (Lejeune 1920) Fokker EIII Eindekker
De Havilland (FW Emmen) DH-112 Venom FB50  (J-1628) De Havilland (FW Emmen) DH-112 Venom FB50  (J-1798)

Lockheed (Messerschmitt) F-104G

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash nose section

Rolls Royce Merlin

Some jet engines
Aviation Hall N° 2
MBB BK117 Sikorsky S-58C  (D-HAUF)
Originally Sabena OO-SHI, then Belgian Air Force B-11 / OT-ZKK
Fiat G-91R/3 De Havilland (FW Emmen) DH-112 Venom FB50  (J-1603)
Raab Doppelraab IV (D-5374) Scheibe Bergfalke II (D-8299)
Schneider Grunau Baby IIB (D-8055) DFS SG38 Schulgleiter (D-8182)
Frebel F5 Aeolus (D-EAPT) Mignet HM14 "Pou-du-Ciel"
Scheibe L-Spatz 55 (D-9187) Windspiel-2  (D-MXEL)
Hubner Mucke
Aviation Outdoor
Sukhoi Su-22M-4 Former East German Air Force  (704)
Aero L-39ZO Albatros former East German Air Force (175) Bell (Dornier) UH-1D Iroquois
Canadair CL-215
CL-215 cockpit CL-215 cargo bay
English Electric Canberra B2 German Air Force target tug

Ilyushin Il-14P  former Polish Air Force

Ilyushin Il-14P cockpit

Vickers Viscount 708

Vickers Viscount 708 cockpit
Junkers Ju-52-3M (CASA 352L) Ju-52-3M cockpit
Douglas DC-3 cockpit Douglas DC-3 
Ilyushin Il-18E Boeing Vertol (VFW) H-21C Shawnee former German Army
Hunting Percival P-66 Pembroke C54 (D-CAKE) former German Air Force Tupolev Tu-134A
MiG-23ML former East German Air Force (550). Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star former USAF 58-0709
Mil Mi-8T former East German Air Force (394) The reserve with the Nimrod nose section and a Mig 21 from the Indian Air Force
Aerospatiale Concorde (F-BVFB)  Air France's third sample was sold to the Museum for 1 Euro 
and flown to nearby Baden-Baden in 2003
Only 22 years between those two plane...
The Viscount was delivered in 1954 and the Concorde in 1976 !
Concorde and Concordsky...only one place in the world to see them together
Tupolev Tu-144 Arrived at the museum in 2000 after a last travel of 4000 Km
A quite elegant aircraft, but a project dramatically aborted The typical duck wings of the Tupolev
Pilot and Flight engineer office Typical Soviet "cockpit green"
Details of the center panel The cabin of the TU-144, not so luxurious

Bell-Douglas MIM-14 Nike Hercules

Cruise missile USAF TM-61 Matador
MGR-1 Honest John rocket Pershing 1A missile launch system
Aviation special view
Together for history Soviet Tupolev design
Glass reflections From the entrance
Anti-Aircraft
Mobile anti-aircraft searchlight, WWII 3,7 cm flak Panzer IV
Wankel Zwilling flak M16 Half-Track flak mounted
Other jewels of Sinsheim
Pz.Kpfw. III Sturmhaubitze 42 Panzerwagen 39
1/1 scale diorama with a Kübelwagen and a Sd Kfz 7 Interior of a Panzer V "Panther" salvaged in Ukraine
Observation Sherman...
Please warn the 31 "Tiger" Squadron, 
we have retreived their vehicle...
M59 armored personnel carrier
Elvis Presley was the Commander of so kind of vehicle
during his military service in Germany
Locomotive Henshel 1EH3 Command post, this locomotive was built in 1939
M.A.N Schiffs diesel engine 1943 12600Hp  Constructed for Destroyer ship
6 engines are needed to give the necessary power to the ship
English steam powered tractor from 1917 Amazing metal plates colection
More than 200 motorcycles are on exhibition NSU Bison 2000cc equipped with an aircraft engine cylinder
Silverstar (Anton Dinkel & Helge Biermann) "Tiger-Hai 2" submarine (1965)
Mors chain car (1898) Laurin & Klement Doppelphaeton (1916) (Czech republic)
Mercedes G4 (72 constructed between 1933 & 1939)
Was used by leaders of the third Reich during Austria occupation 
and  thereafter in Eastern Europe
Mercedes Benz 300 SL Coupé (1955)
American golden fifties Chevrolet Impala (1958)
Cord 812 (1937) Cadillac Eldorado Biaritz (1959)
The golden years reflect with James Dean and Marilyn Monroe Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (1958)

Blue Flame Natural Gas Rocket Car
The Blue Flame set a world speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats on October 23rd, 1970. The American Gas Association sponsored the rocket car.
The vehicle set the FIA world record for the flying mile at 622.407 mph (1,001.667 km/h) and the flying kilometer at 630.388 mph (1,014.511 km/h)
The Blue Flame’s driver, Californian Gary Gabelich (Bottom right)
Amphibious VW Schwimmwagen Typ 166 (1942) Amphibious  Amphicar Model 770 (1966)
The Formula 1 section
BRM P 160E (1973) (Niki Lauda) Sauber Petronas C18 (1999) (Jean Alesi)
Lola Indy T93 controls (1993) (Nigel Mansell) Sauber Petronas C20 (2001) (Nick Heidfeld)
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