Florennes Air Base

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Florennes Air Base
(Advanced Landing Ground A-78) Roundel of the Belgian Air Force.svg
IATA: noneICAO: EBFS
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Belgian Air Component
Location Florennes, Belgium
Built 1936
Elevation AMSL 935 ft / 285 m
Coordinates 50°14′37″N 004°38′55″E / 50.24361°N 4.64861°E / 50.24361; 4.64861Coordinates: 50°14′37″N 004°38′55″E / 50.24361°N 4.64861°E / 50.24361; 4.64861
Map
EBFS is located in Belgium
EBFS
EBFS
Location of Florennes Air Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,385 11,105 Asphalt
08R/26L 2,250 7,381 Asphalt

Florennes Air Base (ICAO: EBFS) is a Belgian Air Component military airfield located in Florennes, a municipality of Belgium. It is home to the 2nd Tactical Wing, operating F-16 Fighting Falcons. It also used to be the home to the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP), a joint training program formed by 10 NATO members. On July 31, 2009, TLP moved to Albacete in Spain.

Units[edit]

During World War II, German Luftwaffe fighter units operated from here, including Ju88 and Me110 night fighters, and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 day fighters. It was captured in September 1944, after which Allied units operating from here included the USAAF's 430th Fighter Squadron, flying Lockheed P38 Lightnings in the ground attack role, and the 422nd Night Fighter Squadron, flying Northrop P-61 Black Widows.[1]

Currently, two fighter squadrons operate out of Florennes Airbase. 1 Squadron, which was started in 1917 and 350 Squadron, founded in the UK in 1942 during the Second World War. Both units fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zeno's Warbird Videos, "430th Fighter Squadron 'Back Door Gang'P38s" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e64O_6XXk-M

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