Büchel Air Base

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Büchel Air Base
Fliegerhorst Büchel
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Summary
Airport type Military
Operator German Air Force
Location Büchel
Elevation AMSL 1,568 ft / 478 m
Coordinates 50°10′35″N 007°03′28″E / 50.17639°N 7.05778°E / 50.17639; 7.05778Coordinates: 50°10′35″N 007°03′28″E / 50.17639°N 7.05778°E / 50.17639; 7.05778
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 8,225 2,507 Asphalt

Büchel Air Base is a military air base of the Luftwaffe in Büchel (Germany), near the city of Cochem and at about 45 miles from Spangdahlem Air Base. It is home to the Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 (Tactical Air Force Wing 33; abbreviated as: TaktLwG 33) (formerly Jagdbombergeschwader 33 or Fighter Bomber Wing 33) of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the 702 Munitions Support Squadron (702 MUNSS) of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was formerly the home of the 7501 MUNSS.[1]

Since 1985, the TaktLwG 33 operates German Panavia Tornado airplanes, which are capable of delivering the twenty B61 nuclear bombs, which are stored and maintained by the 702 MUNSS of the USAF. Under the NATO nuclear sharing arrangement, these twenty B61 bombs require a dual key system, with the simultaneous authorizations of Germany and the United States, before any action is taken. Since July 2007, the air base is the only location in Germany with nuclear weapons.[2]

Büchel Air Base

According to the press, Eastern European Member States of NATO have resisted the withdrawal of the shared nuclear bombs from Europe, fearing it would show a weakening of the US commitment to defend Europe against Russia.[3]

Demonstration of the disarming procedure of the B61 nuclear bomb on a “dummy”, in an underground Weapons Security and Storage System (WS3) vault in Volkel Air Base. These B61 nuclear bombs are shared by the United States and the German Air Force.

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