German Test Pilot Celebrates 50 Years of Flying

 - August 9, 2018, 2:34 PM
Capt. Peter Weger with long-time D328 flight-test pilot colleague Capt. Conny Cornelius.

German test pilot Captain Peter Weger recently capped a 50-year aviation career by marking his commemorative last flight aboard a Dornier 328 during a 328 Support Services positioning flight from TAG Farnborough Airport to Germany's Oberpfaffenhöfen Airport. Over his career, he earned type ratings in 50 aircraft and logged 13,000 hours total time. Weger has also been recognized as the first pilot to fly the Eurofighter 2000 and Dornier 328.

Weger graduated from the Empire Test Pilot School and later acquired his aeronautical engineering degree from the Hochschule der DW. While flying for the German Air Force, Weger flew the F-4 Phantom and F-104. Weger later contributed to Eurofighter and Tornado development as a chief test pilot at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm.

He additionally became involved with the Fairchild Dornier 728, Cirrus Airlines 328, and Grob Aerospace G180 programs. Weger was the first German to be awarded the Kincheloe award given by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for his outstanding achievements in the field.

“We would like to thank Peter for his outstanding accomplishments not just on the 328 programs, but for his significant contribution to flying in Germany,” said 328 Support Services CEO Dave Jackson.