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00. AIR/USAFE/ Italy / Aviano airbase ☢

Last modified: 12 Jun 2022

Country: United States    Region: Overseas

Locale: Pordenone - Aviano

Latitude: 46° 1' 32" N     Longitude: 12° 35' 41" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


Note: all 'airliners net' pages have nothing to do with Aviano airbase!

Aviano airbase is a USAFE / NATO base and home to 31st Fighter Wing (FW) operating 42 F-16C/D's in both defnsive and offensive (nuc) roles.

- 31 FW with Cmd staffing
- 31 Ops Grp with 510 and 555 Sq (F-16C/D); 606 Air Control Sq and 31 Ops Suppt Sq
- 31 Maintenance Grp with 31 Aircraft Maintenance and Maintenace Sqns; 31 and 731 Munition Support Sqns
- 31 Mission Suppt Grp with 31 Civ Engineer, Comms; Contracting; Force Suppt; Log Readiness and Security Force Sqns
- 31 Medical Grp with 31 Airspace Medical; Dental and Medical Suppt Sqns

A multitude of aircraft shelters in the ops area at grid 461'43"N 1235'57"E are known to be equipped with WS3 vaults for nuc weapon storage with a max of 72 standoff weapons. Completed in 1996 and are under 731 MUNitions Suppt Sq since 2001. Prior to that, all nuc weapons were stored in the special ammo storage at grid 461'32"N 1235'39"E. (See: US Nuclear Weapons in Europe. A revision of post-Cold War policy, force levels and war planning. May 2012).

Currently the latest version of these nukes (B-61/12) is already operational however the numbers are unknown. Type 12 is still a "choose a yield" weapon but with an upgraded tail kit, improving its accuracy and giving it the capacity of gliding towards its target instead of using a dragchute. ( Federation of American Scientists Strategic Security Blog, 28 February 2020)

February, 17th of 2003 aircraft Spar92 84-0112 (cn 35A-558) brought to NATO / USAFE Ramstein Abu Omar was captured in Milan and then flown to the Ramstein Airbase in Germany.

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