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Bückeburg Air Base

Roundel of the German Air Force border
Heeresflugplatz Bückeburg
(Advanced Landing Ground B-150)

Airport type Military
Owner Federal Ministry of Defence
Operator German Army
Location Bückeburg
In use 1946 - present
Commander Brigadier General Richard Bolz
Occupants German Army Aviators Corps
Elevation AMSL 230 ft / 70 m
Coordinates 52°15′42″N 009°04′55″E / 52.26167°N 9.08194°E / 52.26167; 9.08194Coordinates: 52°15′42″N 009°04′55″E / 52.26167°N 9.08194°E / 52.26167; 9.08194
Lower Saxony location map
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Location of Bückeburg Air Base
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Bückeburg Air Base (German: Heeresflugplatz Bückeburg, ICAO: ETHB) is located northeast of the city of Bückeburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

The airfield was built in 1946 as a RAF Station, RAF Bückeburg, serving the headquarters of the Royal Air Force Germany in Bad Eilsen. It complemented the nearby headquarters of the British Army of the Rhine in Bad Oeynhausen. During the Berlin Airlift it was one of the numerous air fields from where supply flights to Berlin were carried out. After the building of the British Forces' Joint Headquarters (JHQ) at Rheindahlen in 1954, the RAF closed the airfield at the end of the 1950s.

With the foundation of the Bundeswehr in 1955, a decision was made that every branch of the Bundeswehr should have their own helicopter units, operating within the framework of the tasks designated to each branch of the armed forces. Thus, the German Army Aviation Corps was founded. The first training school, of this newly established branch of the German Army, the School of Army Aviation, was established in 1959 in Mendig but moved to its current location in Bückeburg in January 1960 and has been there ever since. Its first commanding office was Colonel Kuno Ebeling.

Bückeburg Air Base is used by the German Army's School of Army Aviation as one of the bases for the practical instruction of its flying and non-flying personnel. Basic flying training of helicopter pilots of other components of the German Armed Forces also takes place at Bückeburg Air Base.

Apart from the actual flight training, modern high-end flight simulators are extensively used during the training of future military helicopter pilots.[1]

Approximately 70 helicopters are permanently based at the airfield, 30 of which are used on a daily base for training. Initial training begins with the Eurocopter EC 135. During the second stage, prospective pilots are then instructed in flying the Bell UH-1D, Bölkow Bo 105, medium transport helicopters LTH NATO-HELICOPTER 90 and Sikorsky CH-53G/GS. Flying instruction on the helicopters of the type Bell UH-1D, now being phased out, and Bölkow Bo 105, takes place at Celle Air Base.

The tasks of Army Aviators Test Squadron 910 consist not only of trials of new types of helicopters but also of tactical and logistical research aiming at improving and developing the efficiency and concepts under which the German Army Aviators Corps are supposed to fulfil their manifolds tasks.

The following units are stationed at Bückeburg Air Base:

Name of unit Insignia
Staff HQ
Instruction Group A (flying instruction)
HFlgWaS AusbZ C
Army Aviators Test Squadron 910
HFlgVsuStff 910 (V1)
Research And Development Group
Technical Maintenance Department

In October 2011 the German Federal Ministry of Defence announced a reorganisation/reduction of the German Armed Forces. As a consequence, all activities of German Army Aviation School will be concentrated at Bückeburg Air Base and the school itself will be renamed International Helicopter Training Centre. The outpost at Celle Air Base will be dissolved.[2]

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