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Airshow - 50 Years of German Air Force


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Sturm und Drang

 

"Sturm und Drang" (literally” Storm and Rush”) was a movement in German literature (approx. 1765 to 1790) which was directed against the rationalism imposed by the representatives of the Enlightenment movement. Goethe and Schiller were prominent representatives of this period. For the first time, the most notable literary works expressed emotions, a kind of popular genius without any aristocratic court culture. At Laage Airbase, we celebrated a much longer period involving –figuratively speaking –"Storm and Rush”: "50 Years on Duty - German Air Force ”

 

The early days: The history of the German Air Force began on 2 January 1956, when Theodor Blank, then Minister of Defense, welcomed the first recruits of a training company in Nörvenich.

Another date, which is said to be the “true” birthday of the German Air Force, is 24 September 1956, when three US Air Force trainers where handed over to the then young German Air Force (Source: Luftwaffe).

 

Approximately 50 years later, Lieutenant General Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, then Chief of Staff, German Air Force, invited NATO air force delegations, official and international guests, interested people and air force enthusiasts to join the celebrations at Laage Airbase.

Many friends of the German Air Force from all over the world travelled to Laage. The gates were opened early in the morning to give more than 300 “spotters” (members of a worldwide community of aircraft photographers) the chance to take pictures of their beloved military jets. Later in the morning and during the day, some 120,000 people joined the crowd and visited our airbase, the most advanced airbase of the German Air Force, to learn more about the different weapon systems and units of the German Air Force and their allied partners. The crews provided comprehensive information on various aircraft presented on static displays. The visitors used the opportunity to take a close look at military aircraft which were normally not accessible to the public and even at a realistic EUROFIGHTER mock-up. Other public attractions were the MEDEVAC Airbus, the AWACS airborne early warning system and the C-160 TRANSALL. Many people were interested in various job opportunities that were presented to the visitors. Highlights in the morning and in the afternoon were the exercise "SNAP 2006" and a EUROFIGHTER demonstration flight.

“SNAP“ was an exercise scenario that involved 25 aircraft (recce aircraft, fighters, fighter bombers, transport aircraft and helicopters) demonstrating under realistic conditions the evacuation of German citizens from a foreign country shaken by civil war. The mission was supported by ground forces and paratroopers of the German Army. Since all activities took place directly at or over Laage Airbase, the spectators had an excellent view on the performance of the Air Force. The final highlight was the flying display of the EUROFIGHTER, a fourth-generation fighter aircraft with a performance that is worldwide top level.

 

A huge number of attractions for adults and kids were provided on the ground. The soldiers of the PATRIOT air defense missile weapon system, mobile medical facilities, force protection forces and many other branches provided much information on their specific activities. In the course of the event “German Air Force - 50 Years on Duty” Dr. Franz Josef Jung, then Federal Minister of Defense, and Lieutenant General Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, Chief of Staff, German Air Force, activated the Deployable Control and Reporting Center (DCRC). With the DCRC, the German Air Force has now one of the most advanced, mobile command post elements which is directly linked to the AWACS aircraft fleet.

Many visitors, in particular the spotter community, veterans of different armies or members of other interest groups used this day to meet with friends and therefore, the hangar party in the evening finished an event that was a great success in every respect.

We would like to thank our supporters from all overGermany. As many as 100 busses were on duty to provide the shuttle service between our three large parking areas and the airfield. Police forces from all over Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania supported the Bundeswehr. Emergency response forces, catering personnel, merchants, contracting partners of the Air Force and shipping companies as well as many people who are not specifically mentioned helped to provide a masterpiece of logistic support.

 

Once again there will be “Storm and Rush” at Laage Airbase on 23 August 2014, when we celebrate a new milestone. Tactical Air Force Wing 73 "Steinhoff" (TAFW 73 "S") is pleased to invite you to this event.




Homebase:

Tactical Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" Laage

Time period:

18.08.2006 - 21.08.2006

Visitor(s):

120.000

Author:

Photographs:

Robert Kysela, http://www.checksix.de

Aerial photographs:

Police Helicopter Squadron of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania