Country: Germany Region: RP
Latitude: 49° 30' 54" N Longitude: 7° 52' 53" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed
Former Bitburg airbase http://www.the-fighting-36th.org/
- USAF 36th Fighter-Day Wing (1953-1955) with F-84 Thunderjets.
- 1st Pilotless Bomber Sq operating Martin 24x B-61A Matador nuclear cruisemissiles, was assigned to 36th Fighter Bomber Wing at Bitburg in 1954, making it the first operational USAF missile unit (1954-1962). Its ops sites were at Steinborn, Rittersdorf and Idenheim. Its W5 warheads used to be stored at 49°57'26"N 6°34'9"E
Reassigned 585th Tactical Missile Group, Bitburg as part of the newly formed 701st Tactical Missile Wing operating MACE cruisemissiles (1962-1971).
- 36th Tactical Fighter Wing operating F-100 Super Sabres (1956-1960)
- 525th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron operating F-105 Thunderchiefs, F-102A/TF-102A Delta Daggers (1961-1969); converted to F-4E Phantoms (1969-1977) converted to F-15A Eagles (1977-1994). Both flying units were nuclear equipped respectively with B-28, B-43, B-57 and B-61 bombs.
The base used to have its own USAr airdefense units of 6th Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery. This unit was activated 1972 in Spangdahlem operating Chaparral/Vulcan airdef systems, Its mission: airdefense of the airbases Spangdahlem, Bitburg and Hahn. Battery A & HQ & HQ Battery was located at Spangdahlem Airbase. Battery B was at Bitburg Airbase. Battery C,was at Hahn Airbase. Bitburg airbase deactivated 1995 and closed 1997.
Footage 1987 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6YcU-STaio
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