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Air National Guard at Geilenkirchen

Air National Guard at Geilenkirchen

In order to add some inflight footage to our E-3A AWACS Operations article, we joined a flight on board Iowa Air National Guard (ANG) KC-135 Stratotanker, out of Geilenkirchen Air Base in the end of March this year. This was possible as the ANG units provide air refueling assets to the NATO E-3A…
NATO E-3A AWACS Operations

NATO E-3A AWACS Operations

Over 3 years of NATO E-3A operations in Afghanistan, in light of ISAF, came to an end when the last E-3A AWACS landed at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany on September 25, 2014. It was one of many events for the E-3A Component last year. We visited Geilenkirchen to review 2014 and to look forward…
Frisian Flag 2013

Frisian Flag 2013

Frisian Flag 2013 was held from April 15th - 26th at Leeuwarden Air Base and the nearby Dutch, German and Danish airspace over the North Sea. This year’s focus was on international cooperation and integration. Touchdown Aviation got the opportunity to see this multi national cooperation at…
NATO B707TCA retires

NATO B707TCA retires

It's 10.05h local time at Geilenkirchen when I hear "NATO45 you are cleared for take off, runway 27" in my headset. The clearance was given just after an E-3A passed in front of us performing a missed approach. Before we start rolling the pilot lt. col. M. Glatt-Kallenberg and co-pilot lt. col. T.…