Mountain climbing in Berlin

I cycled up the tallest, most fearsome peak in the whole of Berlin at midnight last night. Teufelsberg is a 120 m high mountain in the former West Berlin, built from 75,000,000 m3 of rubble deposited there after the war. Buried underneath the mountain is an incomplete Nazi military-technical school designed by Albert Speer.

The USA’s NSA organisation decided it would be a great idea to build one of their largest spy installations on top of the mountain during the 1960’s. The original spy domes and their protective fencing are still there.

I can neither confirm nor deny if someone may have breached the outer perimeter to inspect the domes at close range ;)

The dome

The moon was so bright that we could barely see any stars out.

The entrance to the domes

This is the entrance to the facility.

Our group of explorers

Our group of explorers admiring the domes in all their moonlit glory.

Barbed wire surrounding the dome

There is double barbed wire fencing surrounding the top of the hill to protect the domes. Guards roam the grounds 24/7, so anyone entering after hours should be super careful.

The dome

The domes looked beautiful in front of the full-moon.

F16 Fighting Falcon

My bedroom back in the 1980’s was adorned with multiple models of the F16 Fighting Falcon, an American fighter jet which capture my imagination after watching the overly cheesy movie Iron Eagle. Fast forward quite a few years, and I eventually got the chance to see some first hand at the Berlin Airshow earlier this year. The sound of them flying is incredible, as is the phenomenal acceleration.

F16 fighter jet against the clouds

F16 fighter jet on the ground

F16 fighter jet against the sun

F16 fighter jet

F16 fighter jet

A steep climb, including dropping counter measures, with extra photoshopping to show the plume better

A steep climb, including dropping counter measures, with extra photoshopping to show the plume better

A steep climb, including dropping counter measures. I did some "Photoshopping" (I actually used the GIMP) to show up the exhaust plume and counter measures better.

A steep climb, including dropping counter measures. I did some “Photoshopping” (I actually used the GIMP) to show up the exhaust plume and counter measures better.