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 Where? Fürstenfeldbruck (ETSF) - Germany
When? 01/04/2006

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the German Luftwaffe in 2006 the first event was held in Fürstenfeldbruck, not far from Munich, once home of the Jagdbombergeschwader (JaboG) 49.

Fürsty - The first steps

 The historic ground of Fürsty was chosen, because on this airfield the first flights of the German Air Force (GAF) after WW II took place. On September, 24th, 1956 the first, and at that time the only, German registered T-33 jet aircraft, flown by two German pilots, took off from the airfield. The whole GAF fleet on that time consisted of the following three aircraft: one Lockheed T-33A, one Harvard Mark IV and one Piper L-18C Super Cup.
Not even two months later on November, 13th also the first 20 F-84 F "Thunderstreak" were handed over to the Luftwaffe in Fürstenfeldbruck.
The Flying School was transformed into the Fighter Bomber Wing (Jagdbombergeschwader, JaboG) 49 in 1978, which was decommissioned due to reductions within the GAF in March 1994. Fürsty however held its place of a flying school with the formation of Tornado pilots, but finally since July, 1st, no flying squadron is stationed there anymore. With the end of 2005 came the end of the airfield when all the military air traffic was put to an end.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary

Maybe it is therefore representative for the Luftwaffe's attitude towards flight display that this first event of the series of celebrations for this remarkable anniversary was held at an airfield that is already closed. Therefore the event was really sparse in an enthusiast's point of view:
 The aircraft to be photographed in the 'static display' consisted of phased-out Alpha Jets, or at least the remaining parts of them that have not yet been sold to the US, a F-4F Phantom II and a Tornado IDS that were available for close inspection by the public and a Eurofighter Typhoon mock-up. Additionally there were helicopters of the ADAC or the Police and some private light aircraft, not to forget also all the gate guards around the vast barracks area.
In contrast to this disappointing representation it should however not be forgotten to mention all the enthusiastic soldiers that presented to the public what else is behind the Luftwaffe then only flying fast jets: the fire brigades, paramedics, air defence or the administration.
It finally remains the hope that Luftwaffe will present some of their flying capabilities at two of the remaining events of this year: the ILA in Berlin and the anniversary event "50 Years of the Luftwaffe and its mission".

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