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Hello all!

 

Today, November 8th 2020 marks the last day of operation of Berlin's Tegel (TXL) airport, so why not look back at the city's airports history with a challenge, the:

 

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The 2020 Cold War Era Berlin Challenge!

 

As usual, there are a few rules:

  • One entry per challenger
  • Must be an original design (or, if using a pre-existing brand, an original aircraft/era/livery combination)
  • Time period is 1948-1969
  • Aircraft displayed must be a possible sight at one of Berlin airports during the aforementioned era : it can be a regular or one-off visitor at either Berlin's Tempelhof, Tegel or Schönefeld airports - meaning it can be an occidental airline/aircraft, or one from the eastern block, or even one from a non aligned country.
  • Passenger, cargo, government, private - all is possible. Just add a little explanation.

 

Designs will arbitrarily and subjectively be graded by myself on:

  • Originality /10 - the design must be your own as much as possible, and differ from the crowd (both on this contest and in the gallery) as much as possible
  • Realism /10 - check your facts, add a little backstory, a few lines of description, make it as realistic as possible
  • Quality of execution /10 - You have 4 whole weeks to work on your designs, so take your time to make it as nicely presented as possible

You must submit your designs by noon Central European Summer Time (CEST - UTC +2) on December Sunday the 6th, and hopefully we will be able to judge the entries and the results will be available in the following days.

 

Please don't "reserve" a space, forget about it and then never post anything, it's pointless and ridiculous frankly, but still feel free to discuss here.

 

Side note : if this edition is a success, there'll be a follow-up 1969-1989 version :)

 

Good luck to everyone, I hope to see some great submissions!

 



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Two questions: Are alternative history liveries possible? say Greek communist Airline or democratic Bulgarian Airline?

and have any Asian airlines served tempelholf, tegal, or schonefeld?



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Ok I thought I would give this a go...

Introducing berlin imperial German fluggesellschaft (Berlin Imperial German airlines) proudly west Germanys airline flying a fleet of many great aircraft , Here is the airlines newest addition to the fleet the Boeing 737-100 which fly routes to major West German and European cities. Two of these wonderful aircraft are in service with 16 more on order , these aircraft will be replacing the the L 1409G constellation. Even though it was Berlins airline to get around overflight rules at the time the airline was based out of New York as only a few Countries has commercial overflight rights Germany was not one of them this led to the airline flying in and out of Berlin and using German registration sration But being based in New York
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been a while since we did this :>



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Two questions: Are alternative history liveries possible? say Greek communist Airline or democratic Bulgarian Airline?

and have any Asian airlines served tempelholf, tegal, or schonefeld?

Let's keep it "real" for the time being, but your idea is fun! Maybe for another challenge, who knows!

Regarding asian airlines in Berlin, you'll have to look it up yourself, don't know.



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Yeah im gonna think of one but I dont have any of the plans yet cuz we still have almost a month


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Sociedad Anónima Cubana de Transportación Aérea (SACTA) is Cuba's national flag carrier, first established during the Cuban Revolution in May 1959 as a state-owned amalgamation of several privately owned airlines that previously operated on the island. Under the socialist goals of the Castro administration, SACTA would be promoted as a "people's airline" with the intent to serve as an essential means of transportation within Cuba, and would be the only company allowed to operate commercial flights to and from the country. Initially concentrating on domestic and regional routes over the Caribbean Sea, the airline launched its maiden transatlantic flight from Havana to Moscow (via Ponta Delgada, Madrid, and East Berlin) in 1963.

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Pictured here is CU-T830, an Ilyushin Il-18D named "La Habana." SACTA operated this aircraft for the launch of its Havana-Ponta Delgada-Madrid-East Berlin-Moscow route. Besides its supposed political purpose of linking Cuba with its communist allies in Europe, there was a bigger reason why the airline began operating this route. Due to the US embargo against Cuba in the 1960s, SACTA was forced to turn to the Soviet Union for new aircraft and spare parts—a geopolitical hurdle which required operating a route to Moscow so equipment could be transported to Cuba by air. As Cuba would be politically isolated from the rest of the Western Hemisphere, SACTA would have to partly rely on having its fleet serviced at East Berlin and Moscow—a rather cumbersome arrangement that inevitably required ghost flights on a periodic basis and made it difficult for the airline to increase frequencies within its route network.



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In the 1950's the Japanese government wishing to establish economic ties with West Germany but maintaining neutrality had a privately owned domestic carrier, Sakura Domestic Air form a subsidiary and operate with a single DC-7 a flight between Tokyo and West Berlin. The route did not last long and the aircraft used was sold off by the mid 60's.

 

The flight operated on week days only, it would leave departing in the early morning, with a technically stop in Hong Kong, followed by another stop over at Singapore, before continuing to Colombo followed up by Muscat, Beirut, Naples then stopping for technically reasons at Cologne before continuing to West Berlin, the operation ended in 1961 after a scandal regarding later disproven allegations that pilots were flying East German spies into various Asian countries in return for monetary support. The DC-7 was used briefly between high density flights between Osaka and Tokyo until they were replaced with 727's and were sold off to Colombian airline.

 

The DC-7 sported a typical first class cabin, with some coach seats, the interior was designed to resemble a Shinto shrine, meals were traditional Japanese although some German meals were added in the later stage. The service was said to be on par with Pan American, the route was said to had been a loss for the airline, and was heavily subsided to make up for the losses, the livery was a hybird scheme with the older Eagle Cockpit and the Sakura Domestic tail but with the Sakura bolsom and Sakura Domestic painted over, which can be seen visibly and replaced with "NIPPON" with a crane on the tail.

 

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Aer Ireland was founded in 1952, with a single Douglas DC-3A. By 1961, they were operating the Douglas DC-4, and DC-6As across Europe and Africa. 
The first flight to the West German part of Berlin occurred on August 16, 1957. The flight ran a daily route starting in Cork, Ireland, connecting to Dublin, onto Paris, France, Nice, France, Milan, Italy, Geneva, Switzerland, Berlin, West Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark, and made a return flight in Copenhagen. The route was served by the Douglas DC-3A from August 16, 1957 to February 21, 1963. At that time, the airline upgraded to the Douglas DC-3C on their trek to Berlin, and moved the DC-3A onto a route that ended in Marrakesh, Morocco. On January 10, 1978, the final flight using any DC-3 variant by Aer Ireland touched down in Berlin for the last time. An upgrade to the Lockheed L-1049G occurred on January 11, 1978, and the L-1049s continued serving the route until March 6, 1981, where the airline upgraded again to the Fokker F28-3000 series aircraft. By this time, most routes were point to point, with few stops in-between, so the flight's frequencies ramped up.  The Fokker F28-3000 was kept on this route until July 30, 2001. By that time, Aer Ireland upgraded the route again, to the Boeing 737-300 series aircraft. The 737-300 stayed until August 1, 2009, when the final upgrade to the Boeing 737-900ER was made.

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Hermes Airways was the flag carrier of Greece since 1950, when it was formed after the conclusion of the Greek Civil War, through the merger of two small airlines with backing by the government. The airline's early history was full of British-built airliners, including the ten Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C aircraft it took delivery of between 1965 and 1967. Hermes Airways was the first non-UK carrier to order the Trident, and thus received significant discounts (including subsidies by the British government, intended to boost the type's popularity abroad). SX-DFB, Hermes Airways' second Trident, is shown here in the livery it was delivered in. It features a 'hermes BIA' badge on the rear fuselage, present due to Hermes' close association with British International Airlines - one of the closest partnerships between airlines at the time, which included Hermes and BIA Tridents being operated by each other's crews on some routes, essentially amounting to a fleet sharing agreement.

 

Hermes Airways had operated to Berlin Tempelhof from Athens via Vienna once daily since 1957 using Vickers Viscounts, and in 1966 the equipment on the route was switched to Trident 1Cs. Along with this, the airport used by Hermes in Berlin changed to Tegel, as the Tridents were unable to land at or take off from Tempelhof. Hermes Airways' Tridents therefore became a regular sight at Tegel starting in 1966. In 1967, the route was also extended and became part of the partnership with BIA, with BIA's Tridents or Comets operating from Berlin Tegel to Brussels to London under Hermes Airways flight numbers.

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Plusair was a Swiss airline operating out of Zurich, founded on 6 July 1948, until its eventual demise in 1987. It started operations with a fleet of four older Douglas DC-3s it had obtained from national airline Swissair, as well as a single defected DC-4 that was meant to go to United. It flew to many places around Europe, such as Paris, London, Madrid, Athens, Istanbul, and, between 1961 and 1970, Berlin-Tegel. It initially flew with DC-3s between '61 and '62, before upgrading to DC-6 equipment in 1962. In 1967, being the European launch customer of the Boeing 727-200, it flew using them to Tegel. In 1971, operations were moved to Frankfurt-am-Main. By 1987, the airline had a fleet of 737s and DC-9s, however, it was unable to keep running due to rising costs ensured from mismanagement and losing competition to Swissair, and it ceased operations on 29 May 1987

 

The aircraft shown is HB-PAK, the eleventh such 727-200 for Plusair. It operated for Plusair until 1979, when it went to Zimbabwean Air Service (Z-EKD), eventually ending up performing bush operations in Botswana and Angola in the 1990s (as A2-EKD), before being scrapped at Johannesburg OR Tambo Int'l in 2010 (bearing ZS-PAK).

 

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I will work on mine tomorrow since Thanksgiving break starts tomorrow 


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Himmelbahn & Berlinbahn 731 1968-1982

These two little fellas are 737-100s in service with Himmelbahn and Himmelbahn's French registered subsidiary Berlinbahn. They wear versions of Himmelbahn's new for 1968 livery. Airframe D-HBNY wears the basic Himmelbahn livery and would be used on routes like MUC-HAM. Airframe F-HBFA wears the modified livery for Berlinbahn. Berlinbahn was Himmelbahn's way into West Berlin's airports as it was technically a French company and considerable political wrangling made it exempt from East Germany's prohibition on West German aircraft. Thus, this airframe is registered in France. The routes Berlinbahn was able to service shifted about depending on the political relationship between the DDR and BRD along with the general tensions of the cold war. At some points, Berlinbahn was able to fly direct from Himmelbahn's hub in Munich to Berlin, but at other times they were only allowed to fly from France or nearby neutral Switzerland. Berlinbahn's 1968 livery was very similar so that of mainline Himmelbahn aircraft, but in the mid 70s Berlinbahn aircraft were painted in a livery that swapped the red for navy blue to please East German politicians who thought that the two liveries looked too similar. This change was reversed in the late 70s after a change in East German leadership. Berlinbahn continued to operate as a rather ungainly appendix to Himmelbahn's operations until German unification.



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Société Française Du Transport Aérien, commonly known as SFTA is the flag carrier of France. They are based in Paris Charles de Gaule and Paris Orly. Since their founding in 1932, they usually flew domestic and international flights. In 1960 SFTA started operations to Berlin Tegel Airport, becoming one of the first airline to fly there. At first they operated a Lockheed Super Constellation, which were retired in 1965 by the 727 and Sud Aviation Caravelle. The aircraft below, F-GTRE was delivered to SFTA in 1965 and was the first 727 to fly to TXL since the aircraft was actually named "Berlin". This aircraft had a long service life. After being replaced by the 737-300 in 1986, the aircraft was sold to to Kanto Airlines in Japan and registered JA3569. It operated with Kanto Airlines for 7 years and was sold off to a Peruvian Airline until it was scrapped in 2001.

 

Thx to logomakr.com for the logo which I tweaked a bit and thanks to med for the template

 

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Reserved for SFTA (Société Française Du Transport Aérien)

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Oop I wasnt supposed to reserve sorry


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