Nicola Baumann


Nicola Baumann
Nicola Baumann, 2nd female fighter pilot of Luftwaffe (GAF) with her ECR Tornado aircraft.jpg
Oberleutnant Nicola Baumann
Born (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 36)
Munich, Germany
Allegiance Germany
Years of service2004–2018

Nicola Baumann (born 10 March 1985) became the second female fighter pilot in the history of the German Air Force in 2007 flying both Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon in the German Air Force.

ENJJPT instructor pilot in 2012


Nicola Baumann's mother flew hang gliders, and her younger sister Nena is a pilot with Lufthansa. In 2004, she joined the German Air Force, attending a one-year school focusing on officer training. She then spent a year in academics to prepare for pilot training set up for 53 weeks at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program (ENJJPT) at Sheppard Air Force Base and qualified in 2007. At the end of the training cycle, Baumann was assigned to the 322nd Squadron in Bavaria, flying Tornados with Major Ulrike Flender, Germany's first female fighter pilot. Flender graduated pilot training about 10 months ahead of Baumann, also at ENJJPT. Baumann became an instructor pilot at ENJJPT with the 459th Flying Training Squadron in 2012,[2] and completed her flying training as a Eurofighter Typhoon pilot in 2015.[3]

German female astronaut candidate

In 2016, Germany was looking for its first woman astronaut. All of eleven Germans who have so far voyaged into outer space were men. As a fighter pilot, Nicola Baumann applied to be Germany's first female astronaut among 86 candidates on the list as of September 2016[4] and was one of 30 women taking part in the final selection process as of December 2016.[5] She was selected as one of two winners,[6] but later withdrew from the programme.[7]


  1. ^ Vooren, Christian (2017-04-19). "Zwei Frauen - dem Ziel ihrer Träume so nah". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Berlin: Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH. Retrieved 20 April 2017. Für das Bewerbungsverfahren war die Erfahrung für Baumann, Dienstrang Major, ein Vorteil.
  2. ^ "Dreaming big earns German pilot distinction in her own right".
  3. ^ "ACADEMIC-Lehrgang I/2015 | Laage Online – die Onlinezeitung für die Region Laage".
  4. ^ "A female astronaut for Germany? | DW | 23.11.2016". Deutsche Welle.
  5. ^ "Germany's first female astronaut? | DW | 16.12.2016". Deutsche Welle.
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  7. ^ "Astronomer replaces fighter pilot in private bid to be first German woman in space | collectSPACE".