RAF Geilenkirchen

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Coordinates: 50°57′36.7″N 6°2′32.6″E / 50.960194°N 6.042389°E / 50.960194; 6.042389

RAF Geilenkirchen
Active May 1953 – 28 January 1968
Country Germany
Allegiance UK: British Armed Forces
Branch Royal Air Force
Type Flying station
Role Fighters (Strike/Attack)
Part of RAF Second Tactical Air Force,
then Royal Air Force Germany
Located near Geilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Nickname(s) "Geilenkirchen"
Motto(s) Celer Respondere
Royal Air Force Ensign Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
March Royal Air Force March Past
RAF Geilenkirchen
Airport type Military
Owner formerly: Ministry of Defence,
now: NATO
Operator formerly: Royal Air Force,
now: NATO
Location Geilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Elevation AMSL 296 ft / 90 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 10,009 3,051 Concrete

Royal Air Force Station Geilenkirchen, more commonly known as RAF Geilenkirchen, was a Royal Air Force station in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, built by the British who used the facility mainly as an airfield for RAF fighter squadrons from May 1953 until 21 January 1968.


Geilenkirchen squadrons[edit]

Post RAF history[edit]

The RAF handed over the station to German Luftwaffe in March 1968. The Germans used the airfield as home for a Surface-to-Surface Missile Wing equipped with Pershing missiles with support from the United States Army.

Current use[edit]

In 1980, the station became NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, to house the main operating base for NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (AWACS). This is a multinational organisation operating 17 NATO Boeing E-3A Sentry aircraft.

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