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  • germany Dusseldorf Regional / RAF Laarbruch

    Laarbruch, North Rhine-Westphalia


    Satellite and aerial maps of Laarbruch / Niederrhein with nearby locations

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    0.6297EDLV Niederrhein, North Rhine-Westphalia
    22.3245EHDP De Peel, Noord-Brabant
    28.4352 Scheepswerf De Hoop, Gelderland
    30.8188 Baarlo, Limburg
    31.8321 UMC Nijmegen, Gelderland
    32.3281EHVK Volkel AB, Noord-Brabant

    1954 to 2003

    51° 36' 0'' N - 6° 9' 0'' E
    2.5nm SW of Weeze
    Elevation: 105 feet

    History of this Location

    Construction began at this forest site in 1953. It opened as RAF Laarbruch with ICAO code EDUL, receiving 69 Squadrons Canberras in Nov 1954. It was predominantly a strike/reconnaisance base until Dec 1992, when 18 Squadron arrived with its Chinook and Puma helicopters, when RAF Gütersloh closed. 18 Squadron left for the UK in Jun 1996 and the RAF base closed on 30 Nov 1999. The land was sold and redeveloped as a commercial base, Niederrhein which opened in May 2003 with ICAO code EDLV and IATA code NLN.

    Nr 18 Squadron was posted to RAF Odiham (UK) with the Puma HC1 and the Chinook HC2 on 1 August 1997. (not June 1996) 15 Feb 1997: A Puma HC1 helicopter - XW225 - of No 18 Squadron with three crew and 5 passengers crashed near the village Urspring (Schongau - Bavaria). Due to heavy snow fall and the use of night vision goggles the crew lost all visual references. The pilot Flt Lt Christopher Herd (32) was killed when the trees into which his aircraft crashed, fell onto the cockpit. 2 crew and 5 passengers survived the crash. see www.laarbruch-museum.de

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    List of units at Laarbruch / Niederrhein

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1992/96UK 18 Squadron414 - H-47D Chinook 1995/   
    SA330 Puma 1992/94
    CH-47C Chinook 1981/95

    Laarbruch / Niederrhein News

    Chinook Visits Historical RAF Germany Bases, 27-Apr-18 : A RAF Chinook from Odiham’ 27 Squadron taking part at Berlin air show visited former RAF Germany bases of Geilenkirchen, Wildenrath, Brüggen and Laarbruch as part of RAF 100 years celebrations

    List of aircraft and events at Laarbruch / Niederrhein

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    1995-sep-28 Hæren AS550C2 P-275
    1995-sep-28 Hæren AS550C2 P-276
    1995-sep-28 Hæren AS550C2 P-287
    1995-sep-28 Hæren AS550C2 P-352
    1995-sep-28 Marineflieger MK88 83+07
    1997-feb-15 18 Squadron SA330E XW225

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