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USAF Bitburg

Last modified: 16 Feb 2020, submitted by: Joker

Country: Germany    Region: RP

Locale: Bitburg

Latitude: 49° 30' 54" N     Longitude: 7° 52' 53" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Former Bitburg airbase
- 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 4957'26"N 634'9"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

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