Heute ist Mittwoch, der 21. August 2019, Uhrzeit: 02:02:06

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N 24 Ducumentaary film on the Alpha Jet
The following link provides you with a documentary film on the Alpha Jet: “Cold Warrior turned into Aerobatic Aircraft” (“Vom Kalten Krieger zum Kunstflieger”).< br /> Interviews were conducted on our premises; a number of film sequences were taken from our video archives. Turn to our video page and select video #35.

hier ist der link

New patches available!
We have made new patches from the wing, from both squadrons and the special patch of the autobahnlanding exercise \"Highway 84\".
Go to page Fanshop.

N 24 documentation about the Alpha Jet
On the following link you can see a video-dokumentation about the Alpha Jet.


In page Video 29 you can see an older video of FBW 49 Fürstenfeldbruck with the Alpha Jet.

Guestbook deactivated !

Due to a software update our guestbook is not available for the time being.
We hope to be on the air again in due time.


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of our wing as Fighter Wing 72 we held a reunion on the premises of our association. More than 70 former members of the unit showed up. Disturbing rainfall did not really detract from the success of the event. Lots of pleasurable conversation, lots of laughter and lots of “Do you remember ...” made it a memorable occasion.

Day trip to Bremerhaven

A day trip to Bremerhaven met with great response. Following a hearty lunch at “Letzte Kneipe vor N.Y.” (“The last pub outside N.Y.”), the schedule called for a two-hour harbour cruise, passing Columbus Quay with two cruise ships moored there and subsequently the container terminal stretching for more than 2 km where there was a chance of observing the loading, unloading and berthing of container vessels. Not to be disregarded: the seals dozing in the sun on the sand bar.

Future of building 68 ?

In the context of probing for unexploded ammunition on the grounds of the former Air Base, it has been suggested that our association headquarters may be located on top of bomb craters filled with WW II ordnance or, even worse, with unexploded bombs stuck in the ground.
That is why it is highly likely that we shall have had to vacate the building by the end of 2020. How things will turn out afterwards is anybody`s guess.
For more information turn to a more detailed status report and an article from the local newspaper (NWZ).
(Status report 2019)
(NWZ-Artikel vom 07.03.2019)

New board elected

New board of the FBW 43 Commemorative Association elected. From left to right , Udo Reinsch media administration/chronicler, Helmut Friz chairman/webmaster, Rudolf Sender dep. chairman, Peter Becker protocolist , Günther Möhle dep. chairman, Bernd Schubert finacial administration ( NWZ-Artikel vom 7. April 2016 )

Salvator meeting 2019

The Salvator Association of Oldenburg (SGO) ("Salvator" [Latin for `saviour`] is the brand name of a particularly strong beer served during Lent.) was proud to welcome a very special guest of honour at this year`s Salvator meeting: Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, the Federal Minister of Defence.
More than 320 guests filled the banqueting hall listening to 30 minutes of opening remarks by Dr. von der Leyen, covering the full range of good and evil of the Bundeswehr`s present situation.
After dining on roast knuckles, there was plenty of space and time for rewarding conversations and social contacts.
View the pictures on page 4 of the photo gallery ("Salvatorabend 2019").

2019 Street Bowling Event

As avery year a number of members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft set out in cold but quite sunny weather for their annual tour of street bowling across the site of the air base.
Along the way, a refreshment stand served punch and coffee plus bread and dripping.
As usual, the traditional kale banquet was held at Köhnke's Inn in Metjendorf.

wreath-laying ceremony 2018

As in previous years, some members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft took part in this year's wreath-laying ceremony at the Aeronauts' Memorial in Kleiner Bürgerbusch.
H. Friz spoke in remembrance of the victims of all armed conflicts of the past, but also included the present-day refugees.
Ch. Röhlig supplied the musical accompaniment.

Building project Air Base Oldenburg

The building project at the Air Base is progressing. A development plan for the initial building sites around the former Officers` Mess Hall has been made public. Interested parties can apply for a piece of real estate with the City of Oldenburg.
If applicants reach an identical number of points, lots will be drawn.
Within two years after the allocation of a building plot, construction activity must have commenced.

Demolition of building 66

Over the past two years almost all of the old trees have been cut down and numerous buildings have been demolished, e.g. the former wing operations bunker and the adjacent multi-purpose hall. Now building #66, which used to house the staff of the FLIEGENDE GRUPPE, has been torn down, too. Subsequently, the whole area will be searched for the remains of explosives before work can be started on the construction of a whole new quarter of the city. Cf. photos in picture galleries #9 (Demolition of Buildings) and #13 (The Changing Face of the Airbase).

Blowing up of communication tower

A landmark of the airbase has gone. The red-and-white communication tower with the Viking ` squadron shield was blown up during a THW (Technical Assistance Association) exercise. The former quarters of the medical unit were leveled in due course to create space for a new residential area. The following link provides a video of the blast. The former officers mess can be seen in the background.

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For our annual barbecue we were able to welcome more than 70 guests outside and inside the premises of the Traditionsgemeinschaft. Delicious food and lots of free beer provided ample leisure time for interesting conversation.

Visit at Tactical Fighter Wing 71 "Richthofen"

A day s excursion took 32 members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft to Tactical Air Force Wing 71 (Richthofen) at Wittmund. ` After inspecting the impressive collection from the field of military history put together by the Traditionsgemeinschaft Richthofen on the premises of the former NCO mess the group proceeded to the air base where there was a Eurofighter on view. It was unfortunate that for operational and metereological reasons the aircraft could not be seen in flight.

Visit at Air Transport Wing 62 Wunstorf

On another day`s excursion 30 members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft headed for Wunstorf and Air Transport Wing 62. Attention was focused on the Luftwaffe`s new transport aircraft, the A 400 M. There was a ` presentation of the new aircraft, and a great number of questions about its strong and weak points were answered. Participants also had the opportunity of taking a look at the inside of that “big bird”.

2017 Street Bowling Event

In cold but quite sunny weather a number of members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft set out for their annual tour of street bowling across the site of the air base.
Along the way, a refreshment stand served punch and coffee plus bread and dripping.
As usual, the traditional kale banquet was held at Köhnke's Inn in Metjendorf.
Pictures can be found in image gallery #1.

Presentation of restored Alpha Jet cockpit

In connection with the November Beer Call the restored cockpit of an Alpha-Jet could be presented to the public.
It took members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft numerous hours to turn a detached empty segment of the fuselage into a fully equipped, accessible cockpit.
Page 10 of our image gallery tells the story of the restoration. There is a photo book on "Project Cockpit" available at our fan shop.

Download the pdf file that tells the history of the reconstruction of the cockpit (History of the cockpit)

wreath-laying ceremony 2016

As in previous years, more than 20 members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft took part in this year's wreath-laying ceremony at the Aeronauts' Memorial in Kleiner Bürgerbusch.
G. Gotthardt ✞ spoke in remembrance of the victims of all armed conflicts of the past, but also included the present-day refugees.
Ch. Röhlig supplied the musical accompaniment.

TG on Tour 2016

On the invitation of BrigGen Karsten Stoye, a member of our Traditionsgemeinschaft, this year's "TG on Tour" first took us to Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base. The inspection of the unit was followed by a visit to the Bundeswehr verification center and a sightseeing tour of Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle). Dinner was served at a cozy restaurant in the old section of town.
The third day took us to Maastricht where we were given a tour of Fort Sint Pieter and the Northern Caves.
Pictures can be found in image gallery #5.

Unexploded WW II bomb was discovered!

In the course of search for ordnance and of demolition of the basement areas of buildings detroyed in World War II, a 500-lb bomb was discovered.
It was disarmed by a bomb-disposal squad
Further information can be found on page "News from Fliegerhorst" item "account of june, 2nd 2016", in galery of images #9 " Demolition of buildings" and video #32 .

Alpha Jet fitted with external tanks

The Alpha Jet in front of our exhibition building has been completed with two pylon tanks. It took us quite a long time to organize them.

New board elected

The new board of the FBW 43 Commemoratove Association in front of our F-86 Sabre. From left to right Alfred Claußen financial administration, Fred Vosteen media administration/chronicler, Helmut Friz protocolist/webmaster, Rudolf Sender dep. chairman , Guido Gotthardt Chairman , Gerd Tresbach dep. chairman
( NWZ-Artikel vom 7. April 2016 )

Road bowling across the air base

In relatively windy but predominantly dry weather 34 kale fans set out for a tour of road bowling across the air base. The following kale dinner found the group enjoying the Oldenburg “national” dish in a cozy atmosphere.
In our image gallery 1 you can see pictures of the event.

Search for ordonance

Envisioning the sale of the air base area for housing construction, the ground where remains of ordinance are suspected is being deeply dug up and sifted through at the moment. Future building sites must be free of explosives.

Innovation camp 2015

In connection with grass-root participation in the future development of the air base area a so-called innovation camp was held where citizens were expected to contribute their ideas and proposals for future planning. Read more at the very bottom of the News from Fliegerhorst page.
Lesen Sie hierzu einen Artikel aus der NWZ vom 23.11.2015 http://www.nwzonline.de/oldenburg/politik/wo-die-truppenkueche-zur-kita-wird_a_6,0,600671842.html

Wreath-laying ceremony at the Aeronauts' Memorial

More than 30 members of our Traditionsgemeinschaft defied heavy rain on Memorial Day (Volkstrauertag) when they witnessed a wreath-laying ceremony at the Aeronauts' Memorial in Kleiner Bürgerbusch. There were also representatives of the Bürgerfelde Citizens\´ Association present.
The commemorative address was given by our president, Guido Gotthardt.

Tear down of the former NCO Mess

With an expansion of accommodation facilities for refugees in mind, a further number of buildings has been selected for demolition. The former non-commissioned officer mess building was the first to be hit.
Further informations on our page News fo rmFliegerhorst and on page image gallery 9 .

Restoration of pedestal-mounted aircraft

It took almost nine months to finish the restoration of our pedestal-mounted aircraft. Under the leadership of Pitt Berthmann, an extremely dedicated team of members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft plus supporters have spent many hours refurbishing the Fiat and the F-86 aircraft, repainting them and applying the necessary markings.

On Sept. 19, they were placed on their pedestals at the new site next to our association building, where we hope they will remain for a long time.

You will find pertinent photographs in image gallery #3.
Video #31 on the video page shows a 15-minute film of the remounting, video #32 displays a sequence of aerial photography of the association area and the exhibition building filmed by Claus Lachman with his drone.

TG on Tour to Dresden

30 members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft took part in this year\`s TG on Tour to Dresden that included a sightseeing tour, visits to Our Lady\` s Church (Frauenkirche), the Army\`s Officer Training College, the Königstein Fortress and the Museum of Military History. Participants enjoyed themselves in what was mainly good weather.
You will find a number of photos of the trip in image gallery #5.

Alpha Jet-Cockpit aquired for restauration

After lengthy negotiations with VEBEG we have succeeded in acquiring the front section of an Alpha Jet. Plans are to completely reassemble the front cockpit. Special thanks goes to the Portuguese Air Force that supplied all missing gauges and controls totally without any red tape and free of charge.
Image gallery #10 shows a number of photographs.

Viewing the shipyard of Abeking & Rasmussen

More than 30 members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft spent some interesting time viewing the shipyard of Abeking & Rasmussen at Lemwerder, specializing in the construction of high-priced yachts and special-purpose vessels.
Everybody found an 80-meter yacht docked at the quay preparing for launching particularly impressive. They were surprised to hear that boats of that type are allowed to carry but 12 (written out in full: twelve) passengers – with more than twelve persons the boat would be considered a passenger vessel for which special rules and regulations would apply, e.g. with regard to life boats and fire precautions.
If the owner of such a yacht wanted to have a party with more guests, that would only be permissible with the yacht moored at the quay; the vessel must not be under way.
You see – oligarchs and sheiks do not always have an easy time of it.

Tear down of buildings

The City of Oldenburg, as the owner of the air base following safety regulations, has authorized a construction company to tear down a number of buildings. The first building to be singled out for demolition was the house erected by the British in the grove just beyond the main guardhouse for commanding officers; it was popularly known as “Villa Wehnelt”, named after the first commander of former German Flight Training School 10. The western shanty camp and the Royal Air Force's former NAAFI building, also known to veterans as the red-light establishment “Landeklappe”, and non-commissioned and commissioned officers' residence building #48 have followed.
Our page image gallery 9 “Tear down of buildings” documents the demolition of buildings.

Returning home !

After an 18-year odyssey through Fürstenfeldbruck, Schleswig/Jagel and Jever, Alpha Jet 40+44, the “Gaudy Bird” of the Air Wing Jubilee in 1984, has returned home.
With conservation work done and having been given a new paint job at the Jever Air Force Maintenance Unit, it was taken to Oldenburg by a low-bed truck where it has been re-assembled by a dedicated team of members of the Traditionsgemeinschaft, headed by Hans Laufersweiler, the “grey one”, and given what is hoped to be its permanent place in front of our association and exhibition building.
Find more in image gallery 6.

» That is the shape of our old Oldenburg air base nowadays
Enjoy a short fly-by and klick the following link. hhttp://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL7TRqCxtNU&list=UUaRWqtsYMMwQ3d3iD7ssQIA&index=3&feature=plcp


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