Geilenkirchen: Air Base

RAF Geilenkirchen

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N505739 E0060229 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Elevation: 286 ft
Location Indicator: DAGK (195x), EDUI (196x), EDNG (198x-1995), ETNG (1995-)


Federal State of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia).
Germany during the Cold War


Used by Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1968. Thereafter base for German Missile Wing 2 with Pershing I/IA. From the early 1980s NATO base for AWACS E-3A aircrafts.

During the Cold War

In the 1950s


Royal Air Force base.


RAF Geilenkirchen on a map from 1956 - The approach areas of the three British airfields Geilenkirchen, Wildenrath and Brüggen are protected by restricted areas. The white "E" in the circle symbolizes the Eureka radio beacon, used by the British at this time. The square around the airport symbol with the "V" underneath shows an VHF direction finder. The black star stands for the coded beacons which is characteristical for British airfields


Identification beacon with morse code GK.

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 285 "GK", at field, power 300 W
  • Eureka: 224R, 230T "KN"

Radio communication

  • Approach 102.06, 106.74, 111.42, 117.9, 243.0, 257.8
  • Tower 106.74, 102.06, 117.9, 111.42
A cathode ray VHF direction finder was available.

In the 1960s


Royal Air Force base.


  • 10/28

Radio beacons

  • ILS, the localizer beam had an offset of 3° to the extended runway centerline.


ASR, PAR (glide slope 2.75°)

Radio communication

  • Approach 314.8, 362.3, 275.6, 154.62, 123.3, 136.35, 117.9
  • Tower 275.6, 154.62, 360.1, 314.8, 283.1, 257.8, 253.6, 136.35, 135.54, 123.3, 117.9

In the 1970s


Missile Wing 2 had the radio call sign DHK 87.

In the 1980s


  • 09/27: 2901 m x 45 m Concrete

Radio beacons

  • TACAN: CH39 "GIX", at field
  • ILS 27: 110.1 "GIX"

Radio communication

The call sign is FRISBEE.

Airfields in the vicinity

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