This open air aircraft museum has notable collection of civil aircraft which is the main attraction in this small town. The Flugausstellung is located a little out of town, but bus services are available during daytime. Opened in 1973 by the Junior family, it is still owned and maintained by them, making it the largest private aircraft collection in Europe. It includes following aircraft types: Lockheed Constellation, DH106 Comet, Vickers Viscount, Vickers VC-10, DC-3/C-47, IL-14, IL-18, TU-134, JU-52, a Concorde replica and many more. There is also a small indoor exhibition containing aircraft models, engines and a lot of Lufthansa stuff from the 1970s and 80s.
Unfortunately, this indoor exhibition was not updated since the 1980s and it is not the only flaw this museum has. You are not allowed to enter most aircraft, most times you can at least get into the galley and have a look into the flight deck and cabin, which are both sealed behind glasses. Some aircraft are in a really good shape, while some need some professional refurbishing. At least, they are not in a such sorry state as those in Sinsheim and Speyer (Germany’s well known technic museums). Imagine The Flugausstellung having substantial funds and being run like Aviodrome or Duxford. With this excellent aircraft collection, you could surely make more of it. My tip: If you are somewhere near Hermeskeil or want to see one of the specific aircraft, the Flugausstellung is not bad. Here, you will see aircraft types which are not very common in other museums. However, if you have to chose one civil aviation museum in Europe to visit, go for the two mentioned and don’t visit a german museum. The Flugausstellung is only open in summertime