An engine cutaway model for the Museum of Technology

How does an engine work? What parts does it have and how is it constructed? To take a look inside, we make a cutaway model from the original T 53 helicopter engine.

To do this, all assemblies and parts are disassembled, cut out at predetermined points and then reassembled. This is the plan of Günter Hujer, who himself once worked on precisely this type of engine during his professional training.

In small groups, the young people are currently busy disassembling and labeling the parts.


Mobile kitchen for Hangar1

Our young people from the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium built mobile kitchen modules for our neighbour Hangar1. There were certain requirements for the dinner-thek, but there was still enough leeway in the design to allow the young people’s ideas to flow in.

With our electric mobile, express delivery was also possible.

We hope you enjoy the cooking, eating and cultural exchange! A project idea initiated and financed by the Ruck Foundation.

A unique Spectacle

Two projects came to a close at our spectacle in December: ‘Instruments of the Continents’ and ‘Mask Play’ – instruments met masks and the piece FRIENDS was created.

Since last spring, our young people set powerful activities in motion to build their ‘Instruments of the Continents’. They sawed, milled, glued, sanded and painted their sounding bodies to finally string them and hear how it sounds.

Dress rehearsal and a look behind the scenes.
(Photos: Fliegerwerkstatt)

Then it finally started. 80 spectators could experience a unique performance and the great effort of our young people.

Almost all the instruments could be found in our play FRIENDS. Some instruments, e.g. the first tin can violins, were on display as exhibits on the event evening.

They played on exclusively self-made instruments, with specially designed masks and stories written for them: The pupils of the Hans-Böckler-Schule, the Friedenauer Gemeinschaftsschule, the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, the OSZ Lotis, the OSZ Kim, the OSZ Büro1 and OSZ Körperpflege as well as other young people from the Fliegerwerkstatt Berlin.

The music for the instruments was written by the composer and musician Hansjörn Brandenburg and rehearsed with the young people. The instruments and masks were brought together by the staging of Donald Becker and Renata Messing.

Event professionals Gregor Beling and André Wlodarski provided the right lighting and perfect sound during rehearsals and the performance.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Stiftung Berliner Sparkasse for sponsoring the project ‘Instruments of the Continents’ and to the Jugendamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg for sponsoring the project ‘Maskenspiel’ within the framework of the Experimentation Fund.


Familiarisation during the workshop weeks

Our project ‘Practical testing for young refugees’ in cooperation with Arbeit und Bildung e.V. and IPLE is in its fourth year. 72 young people from six schools were each at the Fliegerwerkstatt for a week during their orientation phase. The time until the autumn holidays was used to strengthen the language and social skills of the individual groups, to support their professional orientation and, if possible, to find an internship from November onwards.

All participants were able to take part in the project ‘Instruments of the Continents’ in the Fliegerwerkstatt.

Our PE groups from the participating schools:

Article in the BZ

Under the title ‘We are the tenants – Vacancy at the former Tempelhof Airport? No way!’ the Berliner Zeitung also reported on the Fliegerwerkstatt on 8/6/2022.

Die Fliegerwerkstatt der Social-Return-Stiftung: Muhammad (21) schleift eine Holzbank für das Tempelhofer FeldPhoto: Peter Müller

Link to the BZ-Berlin article

‘Das Wirtshaus im Spessart’ – with a stage design from the Fliegerwerkstatt

When Donald Becker joined the team, he brought with him a project from the event theater. According to his conception, the stage design for the play “Das Wirtshaus im Spessart” (The Inn in Spessart), which will be performed at the Brandenburg Theater Festival in the St. Paulikloster, will be created together with the young people of the Fliegerwerkstatt.

According to the designs, a 1:10 scale model was built, from which the young people can take all the measurements and easily translate them into the real sizes.

The eight-meter-high stage parts are sawed, screwed, covered with molton fabric and coated with fire-safe glaze.


The final stage parts were built directly on site.

Over Whitsun, the play will be shown at the St. Paulikloster in Brandenburg an der Havel.

Program event-theater: Brandenburger Klostersommer



Instruments of the Continents

Children and young people from all over the world come together at the Fliegerwerkstatt: We currently have participants from Germany, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Romania, Albania, Peru, Lebanon, the USA and Ukraine. Just listing the names of their countries of origin and imagining their respective landscapes evokes a sound. This is the sound world we are trying to bring together in this project. The young people bring their cultural imprint to the outside world with the instrument they have built for this purpose. The sound of the mountain ranges of Afghanistan resounds together with the ones of the streets and squares of Berlin.




Information about the project and the possibilities of participation can be found in our flyer “Instruments of the Continents”.

Flyer “Instrumente der Kontinente”


Interested parents, principals and teachers can get more information about the concept from:

Donald Becker – Fliegerwerkstatt
Phone +49 (0)172 310 15 13


Our new raised bed in the Allmende garden

Since 2014, the community garden Allmende-Kontor exists with meanwhile more than 250 raised beds. With our young people we have now also built a raised bed on the sunny Tempelhofer Feld and can start growing vegetables.

Fortunately, we have repaired plenty of bicycles. This makes it much more fun to cover the three kilometers to the other end of Tempelhof Airport.