Monday, 10. August 2015

Heavy duty crane lifts the „Zero G“ on final parking position

On the 8th August 2015 a spectacular crane operation at the Airport Cologne Bonn took place: the 700-ton and 60 meters high heavy-duty crane lifts the Zero G, the former used DLR parabolic aircraft from the apron to its final location on the parking lot north. The Airbus A300, 54 meters long with 80 tons was lifted around two hours in the air and rotated almost 180 degrees. This exceptional lifting action was a major challenge for everyone involved – the Airport Cologne Bonn, Riga Mainz the crane company and NAYAK. The statics of the aircraft requires a special three-point support structure that is attached to the hull and on both wings.

The successfully lifting of the Airbus lasted approx. two hours. Now this exciting exhibit is a new visitor‘s highlight at the Cologne Bonn Airport.


Heavy duty crane Liebherr LR 1.600
Duration of the construction: 5 days
Delivery on 35 trucks
Capacity: 600 t
Own weight: 700 t
Lifting Height: 59 m
Lenght: 66 m

Airbus A300 Zero G
Lenght: 53,61 m
Wingspan: 44,84 m
Height hull: 7,5 m
Height tailfin: 16,5 m
Weight: 80 t