RAF Wildenrath, Germany

Wildenrath: Royal Air Force Base

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CoordinatesN510652 E0061307 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 291 ft
Federal stateNordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Location indicatorEDUW
Map with location of Wildenrath Royal Air Force Base, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Wildenrath

During the Cold War

Use

Royal Air Force (RAF) base until 1992.

Units

1971: 4 Sq (Harrier GR1/GR1A); 20 Sq (Harrier GR1/GR1A); 60 Sq (Andover CC2, Heron C4, Pembroke C1)
1975: 3 Sq (Harrier GR3); 4 Sq (Harrier GR3); 20 Sq (Harrier GR3); 60 Sq (Pembroke C1)
1980: 19 Sq (Phantom FGR2); 60 Sq (Pembroke C1); 92 Sq (Phantom FGR2)
1985: 19 Sq (Phantom FGR2); 60 Sq (Pembroke C1); 92 Sq (Phantom FGR2)
1990: 19 Sq (Phantom FGR2); 60 Sq (Andover C1, CC2, C1(PR), Pembroke C1); 92 Sq (Phantom FGR2)

In the 1950s

Situation

RAF Wildenrath, Germany, on a map 1956
RAF Wildenrath on a map from 1956 - The approach areas of the three British airfields Brüggen, Wildenrath and Geilenkirchen 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

In the 1970s

Situation

Wildenrath Air Base on a US map 1972
RAF Wildenrath on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Overview

Wildenrath Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1974
Wildenrath Air Base on a US satellite image from 13 April 1974
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

Pictures from the Tactical Air Meet '78

Taken on 15 May 1978
Source: US DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT David E. Schaffer
Royal Air Force Jaguar
Royal Air Force Jaguar
RAF Jaguar
Royal Air Force Jaguar
Mirage 5BR of the Belgian Air Force
Mirage 5BR of the Belgian Air Force (BAF)
Belgische Luchtmacht Mirage 5BR
Mirage 5BR "BR 04" of the BAF
BAF Mirage 5BR
Mirage 5BR "BR10" of the BAF
Mirage 5BR
Mirage 5BR
Mirage 5BR
Mirage 5BR

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Overview

Datenquelle: Land NRW (2019) Datenlizenz Deutschland - Namensnennung - Version 2.0 www.govdata.de/dl-de/by-2.0
Airfield, barracks and housing area
Airfield, barracks and housing area
Northern part
Northern part
Wildenrath air base, Germany
Air base
Northwestern shelter area
Northwestern shelter area
Ramp, control tower, hangars
Ramp, control tower, hangars
Airplane
Airplane
Northeastern shelter area
Northeastern shelter area
Southwestern dispersal area
Southwestern shelter area - The southern taxiway is also marked as runway.
Southern area with ammunition dump
Southern area with ammunition dump
Southeastern shelter area
Southeastern shelter area
Tower, hangar
Tower, hangar
Apron, aircraft hangars
Aircraft
Decoys, including a BAC Lightning
Decoys, including a BAC Lightning
BAC Lightning
BAC Lightning as decoy
English Electric Lightning
BAC Lightning as decoy

Runways

  • 09/27: 2497 m x 45 m Asphalt

Radio beacons

  • ILS27: 108.7 "WI"

Radar

ASR, PAR (1990)

Images from the exercise Reforger '81 (or '82)

Taken on 01 October 1981 or 1982
Source: US DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Thompson
A F-4 Phantom II of the 563rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, George Air Force Base, California
A F-4 Phantom II of the 563rd Tactical Fighter Squadron from George Air Force Base, California
F-4 Phantom II of the 563rd TFS, USAF
F-4 Phantom II of the 563rd TFS, USAF
F-4 Phantom II of the 563rd TFS, US Air Force
F-4 Phantom II of the 563rd TFS, US Air Force

Today

Use

Closed.
The former airfield site is used for the railway test center Wegberg-Wildenrath.

Overview

Aerial image of the Test and validation center, Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany
Aerial image of the Test and validation center, Wegberg-Wildenrath (2016)

Approach and aerodrome maps

The development of RAF Wildenrath over the years can also be seen from historical maps.
Approach charts RAF Wildenrath

Sources

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