© Pete Webber 85-1470/RS und 85-1457/RS F-16C 86TFW, 512TFS Gütersloh (03.11.1987) Das Ramsteiner 86Tactical Fighter Wing hatte neben der nuklearen Angriffsaufgabe auch die Luftverteidigung auszufüllen. Es bestand im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen USAFE Fighter Wings nur aus zwei fliegenden Staffeln.
The Airfield Gütersloh
Due to its close proximity to the inner-German border RAF Gütersloh (ICAO code EDUO, since 1994 ETUO) was one of the most active and most approached airbase of over 70 military airfields and heliports in Germany. A huge amount of visiting aircraft, several Gütersloh based aircraft types and the proximity to exercise and low-level flying areas, but also to potential enemy areas in the state of defence secured this position until the end of the Cold War. In the year 1986 for example, over 58.000 aircraft movements were counted, this is equivalent of 160 a day, including the weekends.
Spotting Group Gütersloh (SG ETUO)
The Spotting Group Gütersloh is an association of aviation enthusiasts who documented the activities at the Airfield Gütersloh since the 60s in general but also the mainly military movements. For further information, visit the section Spotting Group.
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