Spangdahem Air Base. Juli 1st 2006. At a very warm and sunny saturday in the first juli weekend the Amercan Air Base at Spangdahlem opened its gate to the public. Like some years ago, it was a sort of "Friendship Day" in order to let the people of the region have a look in Spangdahlem's 'kitchen'. Unlike the years before some flying activities were involved. A based F-16 Fighting Falcon, and A-10A Thunderbolt were doing some fly-by's.

On the ground a static show of the main aircraft in the USAFE (United States Air Force in Europe) invertory was set up. Amongst others a C-17 Globemaster, C-21 Learjet, C-20 Gulfstream, KC-135 Stratotanker F-15E Strike Eagle, C-130 hercules and C-5 Galaxy could be seen. 

The event took place on the newly build cargo ramp at the south side of the base. The new Ramp consist of a normal cargo ramp wich can hold 17 Galaxy-sized aircraft and a smaller hot-cargo ramp. Since the closure of Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Spangdahlem takes up about 15-20% of the US-Forces cargo traffic coming into Germany. The others are going to Ramstein Air Base near Kaiserslautern. 

During the day the public could enjoy some nice ground displays at the main static area. Off course the security was at maximum this day so no large bags or backpacks were allowed on the flield and no food or drinks could be carried on the field. But this was not a problem at all as the Americans had set up food-boots were you could buy you food and drinks for low prices. Even the famous american ''Mountain Dew''- drink was available for only 50 Eurocents. Very nice and a 'lifesaver' on such a hot day... 

We enjoyed a nice day at Spangdahlem and hopefully these days will be organized every year, maybe with some more flying activities... 

Foto: Rene Wilthof     Foto: Rene Wilthof     Foto: Rene Wilthof

 Foto: Ron Kellenaers     Foto: Rene Wilthof    Foto: Ron Kellenaers

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Foto's By: Ron Kellenaers and Rene Wilthof 

 

 Foto: Ron Kellenaers

Foto: Ron Kellenaers

 Foto: Ron Kellenaers

 Foto: Ron Kellenaers

  Foto: Ron Kellenaers

Foto: Ron Kellenaers