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Aufklärungsgeschwader 51
AG51 Wappen
Country Federal Republic of Germany
Branch German Air Force
Service history
Active 1 July 1992 - Present
Role Tactical Reconnaissance
Part of Kommando 4. Luftwaffendivision
(4th Air Force Division)
Patron Max Immelmann
Commanders Oberst Hans-Jürgen KnittlmeierWalter Grasemann

Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 "Immelmann" (Reconnaissance Wing 51 "Immelmann") is a tactical reconnaissance wing of the German Air Force. The Wing is named after World War I German flying ace Max Immelmann. The wing operates 25 Panavia Tornado aircraft in the tactical reconnaissance role and has two reconnaissance ground stations that can be deployed on overseas operations. The Tornado aircraft are equipped with reconnaissance sensors which are carried in a pod mounted under the fuselage. Depending on the variant used, the reconnaissance pod with optical and infrared sensors, can reconnoiter targets both day and night.

In 2007, to support NATO coalition operations across Afghanistan, Aufklärungsgeschwader 51 "Immelmann" deployed Tornados to Mazar-i-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan.[1]


  1. "Geschichte" (in German). Das Aufklärungsgechwader 51. Federal Ministry of Defence. 7 August 2012.!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP3I5EyrpHK9nHK9_KJ0vZzStJJcvcR0U0O9jMziEv2CbEdFAPOJSv0!/. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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