It all began with an entirely pragmatic problem: the Flying Bulls were looking for a suitable hangar that could be put to various additional uses. The core of the airplane collection and by far the largest object is a Douglas DC-6B with a rudder nine meters high. The basic idea was to construct a self-supporting shell around this airplane - as a symbol of the heavens.
The enclosure of altogether 64,300 cubic meters of space - with materials including 380 tons of special glass - was concluded on 22nd of August 2003 with the grand opening of Hangar-7. Afterwards, the airplanes of the Flying Bulls moved into what is certainly the most spectacular place that
The majestic aircraft of the Flying Bulls fleet can be viewed every day of the year with your free admission to Hangar-7. Because every aircraft in the fleet is airworthy, undergoes regular maintenance and flies in air shows, the entire fleet is never on display in the exhibit area all at one time. That means that Hangar-7 is a constantly varying museum that always features different aircraft for its visitors to marvel at!
The simple answer to the question "Who are the Flying Bulls?" would be "A group of enthusiasts who are passionate about historic aircraft and helicopters." There is, however, much more to the "Flying Bulls". They have a fleet of the greatest aircraft in aviation history, and a unique knowledge of how to maintain and repair them.
By the late 1990s there was no longer enough space for the rapidly expanding Flying Bulls fleet, originally based at Innsbruck Airport. This sowed the seed of a plan to erect a hangar at Salzburg Airport. The time had also arrived when the heretofore loose association of pilots and mechanics needed to be brought under a common roof, which led to the "Flying Bulls" being founded in 1999. Since then the Flying Bulls' technically and visually perfect aircraft have become popular participants at air shows and an attraction at any type of aviation event.
The globally admired and unique collection includes rarities such as the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a North American B-25J Mitchell, a Chance Vought F4U-4 "Corsair" and a Douglas DC-6. The helicopter fleet is no less impressive: the Flying Bulls' ranks include two BO 105s, the world's only civil helicopter licensed for aerobatics, plus helicopters such as the Bell Cobra, which can claim a glamorous past.
Aircraft are not only exhibited and flown. Regular maintenance is especially important for historic machines.
Historic aircraft need a lot of love, and even more maintenance and servicing. Hangar-8, which is directly opposite Hangar-7, ensures that all the winged aircraft and helicopters are one-hundred-percent airworthy. It fulfils the role of a fully equipped aircraft hangar, which meets the highest requirements. Architecturally the two halls perfectly complement each other, as Hangar-8 adopts the style of its big brother.
Details such as underfloor heating ensure the working conditions are perfect. It's also a necessity, because restoring a historic plane can take several years. The ground crew's composition is as international and unique as the fleet itself, incorporating as it does specialists from all over the world, mechanics for long "defunct" engine constructions and avionics engineers, who are able to maintain both historic and contemporary flight instruments.