A fan of the little “Candy Bombers”

Wolfgang Schulz mit DC-3

Wolfgang Schulz with models of the Candy Bombers

BERLIN.  Wolfgang Schulz, 68, lives near the airport and has spent almost his entire career working near Schönefeld, and yet he still can’t get enough of the “flyers”.

For the past 15 years or so, his interest has shifted to collecting model airplanes.  In his display cases one can see every sort of Interflug [the GDR airline] and pre-GDR Lufthansa that ever took to the skies.  He’s even got the first German Jetplane 152, which was never mass-produced.  But one of his favorites is the DC-3, an American machine, also known as the “Dakota” or the “Candy Bomber”.  He’s put together six different models of it, including one that was originally based on the very Berlin Candy Bomber that was damaged last year in an unfortunate take-off.  “I worked on this model for about six weeks, and for its special surface painting I had to print out countless details which I then applied to the tail and other surfaces,” explains Wolfgang Schulz.

Even dearer to him than his model is the real Candy Bomber, which he’s taken off in around 20 times at special airshows.  His love of the historic machine was awakened by his colleague and former Interflug pilot Dieter Kallbach, who for many years was the chief pilot of the Candy Bomber for the Berlin Air Service.  “Together we went on day flights to Dresden or Hamburg or flew around the city of Berlin,” recalls Wolfgang Schulz.  “That this trusty old machine was so badly damaged in a crash landing really hit us hard,” he says regretfully.

In the hope that the real Candy Bomber can one day again shine like his models, Wolfgang Schulz stopped by the Friends of the Candy Bomber Association right at the beginning.  He showed off his model on open house day at the airport garage, and set down a seventh version of it on the mayor of Schönefeld’s desk.  “I’ve cut a little slot in the tail, so that you can use it to collect donations for the rebuilding of the Candy Bomber,” said Schulz.

For now he has to be content with his model DC-3s, which he holds up high in the skies above Bohnsdorf.  “I hope that the Candy Bomber can take to the skies again for the opening of the new BER [Berlin Brandenburg] airport on the 3rd of June, 2012, and that I can be on that first flight,” said Wolfgang Schulz.

by Ralf Drescher

 

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