germany Dusseldorf Regional

Laarbruch, Nordrhein-Westfalen

0.6297EDLV Niederrhein, Nordrhein-Westfalen
22.3245EHDP De Peel, Limburg
32.3281EHVK Volkel, Noord-Brabant
38.7127EDLK Krefeld Egelsberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen
44.5181ETUR Elmpt Station, Nordrhein-Westfalen
47.9148EDLN Dusseldorf-Monchengladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen

1954 to 2003

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

Construction began at this forest site in 1953. It opened as RAF Laarbruch with ICAO code EDUL, receiving 69 Squadron's 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 in 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

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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


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1995-sep-28 DK HærenAS550C2 FennecP-275
1995-sep-28 DK HærenAS550C2 FennecP-276
1995-sep-28 DK HærenAS550C2 FennecP-287
1995-sep-28 DK HærenAS550C2 FennecP-352
1995-sep-28 MarinefliegerLynx mk8883+07
1997-feb-15 UK Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW225

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