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ETAD – Spangdahlem Airbase

ICAO Code: ETAD/SPM Info Last Validated: 02-2012
City: Spangdahlem Position: 49°58’36″N 006°41’55″E
Runway(s): 05/23 Elevation: 1196 ft

Spangdahlem is an airbase of the United States Air Force in Germany.
In the early 90’s airbases such at Bitburg, Hahn, Zweibrucken but also Ramstein lost their fighter aircrafts. The airbase is situated in the Eifel near Trier. Spangdahlem Airbase is the last and only USAF fighter airbase in Germany.

52nd Fighter Wing:
Spangdahlem Airbase is currently operated by the 52nd Fighter Wing that currently operates the use, maintanance and deployment of F-16’s fighter aircraft & TPS-75 radar systems for NATO countries and the contribution in matter of national security of the United States of America.
The current and only operational squadron of the 52nd Operations Group are the 480th Fighter Squardron.
The 52nd Fighter wing is partner and contributor of SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) with fully equipment troops ready for deployment anywhere in the world. This unit is also ready for deployment during national & international disasters.
Mid 2013 the last A-10C fighter aircrafts withdrawn back to US and is the 81e fighter squardron terminated.

The 52nd Operations Group consists of an operational support squadron and one flying squadron, the 480th Fighter Squadron. The 480th Fighter Squadron operates the F-16 C/D Fighting Falcons with pilots trained to perform the “Wild Weasel” mission of suppression or destruction of enemy air defenses, and are also trained for interdiction and counter air operations. Their F-16s are outfitted with high-speed anti-radiation missiles, joint direct attack munitions, laser-guided bombs, GPS-guided-inertial aided munitions and the HARM targeting system pod, making the aircraft a lethal platform against enemy air defense systems. The 52nd Operations Group Detachment 1, based at Łask AB, Poland, represents the United States Air Force’s first permanent presence in Poland and continues to foster bilateral defense ties, enhance interoperability and increase capacity to conduct military operations with Allied nations.

The 52nd Maintenance Group consists of two squadrons: aircraft maintenance squadron and a general support maintenance squadron. The group directly supports the 52nd FW by providing safe, reliable maintenance to F-16 Fighting Falcons and a variety of other support aircraft arriving throughout the region, support equipment, and munitions resources. The group proved its combat effectiveness and versatility while deployed and at home station by supporting deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Odyssey Dawn and Inherent Resolve. and operating U.S. Central Command Air Forces’ centralized intermediate repair facility hub for hydrazine, engine and electronic countermeasure pods.

The 52nd Mission Support Group consists of civil engineer, communications, contracting, logistics readiness, security forces and force support squadrons. Responsible for orchestrating the deployment operations of the wing, the mission support group has deployed thousands of wing members in support of various US overseas contingency operations since February 2003 and have fulfilled dozens of missions throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.

The 52nd Medical Group consists of aerospace medicine, dental, medical operations and medical support squadrons. The medical group operates an outpatient clinic at Spangdahlem which includes family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry, aerospace medicine and optometry with exceptional clinical laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and physical therapy support. Group dental services include general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics and prosthodontics.

The 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group provides four fully capable U.S. munitions support squadrons responsible for the ownership, custody, accountability and release of war reserve munitions supporting Belgian, Dutch, German and Italian air forces. The MMG receives, stores, maintains, controls and employs $6 billion of U.S. protection level 1 assets in direct support of NATO contingency, wartime and strike missions. The 52nd MMG has a 14-person staff that provides command leadership and support for more than 550 active-duty personnel from 26 Air Force specialty codes at their four geographically separated units.

All five 52nd FW groups directly support the mission to provide strategic, theater and contract commercial air mobility capability for Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. Spangdahlem’s 726th Air Mobility Squadron provides command and control, logistics, and aerial port capabilities to every Air Mobility Command aircraft transiting through Spangdahlem AB. The base primarily handles C-17 and C-5 aircraft. The C-17 is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force, capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The C-5, the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory, provides inter-theater airlift in support of U.S. and NATO objectives. The aircraft carry fully equipped, combat-ready military units to any point in the world on short notice and provide field support to sustain the fighting force.

Whether employing fighter aircraft and theater airspace control capability or supporting strategic mobility operations, the wing continues to be a key asset to European security and NATO, providing domineering expeditionary air power well into the 21st century.

Mission Statement
Deliver Airpower Options to Deter and Combat Aggression in order to Promote Regional Stability

Mission, Airmen and Community

-Provide Credible Deterrence for NATO
-Deliver Combat Capabilities
-Execute Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, Integration
-Facilitate Inter-theater Airlift
-Build Partnership Capacity

Lines of Effort
-Fight Tonight!
-Modernize/Set the Wing
-Develop Multi-Domain Ops
-Strengthen Nuclear Mission
-Develop Leaders

The 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, maintains, deploys, and employs F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft and $6 billion of United States Protection Level 1 assets in support of NATO and national defense directives. The wing is comprised of approximately 5,000 military and civilian personnel and is organized into five groups responsible for operations, maintenance, mission support, medical operations and munitions maintenance. The wing provides support to the 726th Air Mobility Squadron as it sustains AMC’s air mobility operations throughout Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. The wing supports the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe with 5,000 mission-ready military and civilian personnel in 16 squadrons providing support to 7 geographically separated units, 13 real property sites and eight tenant units in five nations across Europe promoting regional stability. 

As Europe’s only Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) fighter squadron, the 480th FS is assigned 28 F-16 Fighting Falcons to provide expeditionary combat capability in SEAD, as well as close air support, air interdiction and counter air. Finally, the wing continues to support the U.S. Air Force’s Theater Security Package deployments to Europe. Since 2015, TSP units, comprised of eight rotations of active duty and ANG F-15 and A-10 aircraft and associated personnel, reassured and enhanced NATO security and stability in 11 countries throughout Europe.

480th Fighter Squardron:
The 480th Fighter Squardron are flying with the F-16 CJ/DJ. (Tail registration: SP)

Air Mobility Command:
The Air Mobility Command is based too at Spangdahlem Airbase. This unit, (726th Air mobility Squardron) carries out all the CARGO traffic at Spangdahlem Airbase. With the closure of Rhein-Main back in 2005 the amount of cargo traffic has increased with over 50%.
Back in november 2005 the first C-17 Globemaster III landed at Spangdahlem Airbase.

Military Airplane Spotter information:
– 308.850 Clearance Delivery & Ground
– 138.800 Clearance Delivery & Ground
– 256.500 Tower
– 257.800 Tower
– 122.200 Tower
– 340.125 Langen Radar
– 340.325 Langen Radar
– 125.600 Langen Radar
– 314.600 Langen Radar
– 387.150 Rhein Radar
– 341.475 GCA
– 129.475 GCA
– 244.500 ATIS
– 143.425 ATIS
– 258.700 Command Post
– 284.425 PMSV Metro
– 247.050 Supervisor of Flying
– 141.775 Supervisor of Flying
– 314.200 AMC Air Movement Control Center
– 131.975 AMC Air Movement Control Center
– 278.175 Pilot to Dispatcher
– 138.400 Pilot to Dispatcher

* 480th FS F-16CM
* 480th FS F-16DM

* 77-0264/SP GA-10A
* 66-0308/SP F-4E
* 74-0085/SP F-15A
* 78-0057/’85-1552’/SP F-16A
* 62-4446/SP F-105G
* ’51-13036/FU-036′ F-86F (behind the main gate, ex- Bitburg)


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