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B737-100 - West German Air Force?  
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

I was looking at this very nice pic of an Avianca Colombia B737-100 in the database and noticed the caption underneath:


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HK-1404X (cn 19680/94) Del 11/68 - shortly to West German Air Force, Aloha, Air California, GATX

I had no idea that the West German Air Force ever flew a B737-100. I know LH were the launch customer and operated several of the -130 variant, but had no idea that this -159 operated for the West German Air Force.

Does anyone have any further information, or even better - some photos?

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User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2370 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3569 times:
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Yes, german Luftwaffe bought two B731 off Avianca, but did not use them as intended, sprtly after the planes were resold to Boeing


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3059 times:



Quoting LH526 (Reply 1):
Yes, german Luftwaffe bought two B731 off Avianca, but did not use them as intended, shortly after the planes were resold to Boeing

Did they make it out of Avianca livery? Did they make it to Germany and see any service at all?


User currently offlineKogge From Germany, joined Nov 2007, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

They were both parked in the Lufthansa Maintenance Area in Hamburg for several months as D-ABWA and D-ABWB. BWB=Bundesamt fuer Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung, a sort of procurement agency.
They had basic Avianca colors, no titles.
Time must have been end 1971 to at least summer 1972, when they left to the States. Both went to Aloha then via Boeing.
They were originally intended as replacement for the Convair 440 of the West German Air Force.



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