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
ActiveMay 1953 – 28 January 1968
AllegianceUK: British Armed Forces
BranchRoyal Air Force
TypeFlying station
RoleFighters (Strike/Attack)
Part ofRAF Second Tactical Air Force,
then Royal Air Force Germany
Located nearGeilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Motto(s)Celer Respondere
Royal Air Force EnsignAir Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
MarchRoyal Air Force March Past
RAF Geilenkirchen
Airport typeMilitary
Ownerformerly: Ministry of Defence,
now: NATO
Operatorformerly: Royal Air Force,
now: NATO
LocationGeilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Elevation AMSL296 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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