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2012 Base Visit

Neuburg Air Base JG 74 (ETSN)

Location: Neuburg on the Danube, Bavaria, Germany
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AirShowsReview had a chance to visit the Neuburg Air Base in Germany, home of the Fighter Squadron 74 is one of three squadrons of the German Luftwaffe. The squadron is based at Neuburg on the Danube, Bavaria, in the south of Germany since 1961.
JG 74 was activated as the last West German fighter wing on 5 May 1961. It was equipped with the F-86K Sabre interceptor and first based at Leipheim in 1960 as JG 75. It moved to Neuburg an der Donau air base a short time later after this base had been opened and was renamed JG 74. In the period from 1964/66 JG 74 received the F-104G Starfighter. The Starfighter proved to be a troublesome aircraft for the Luftwaffe, which lost 292 of 916 Starfighters, 116 pilots died. JG 74 also lost several of them until the wing converted to the F-4F Phantom II in 1974.
The F-4F was a downgraded F-4E which could not fire the medium range AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile. The use was forbidden until Germany became fully sovereign in 1990. Since then the F-4Fs were upgraded to F-4F ICE standard in the 1990s and were finally equipped to use the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile. Due to the smoke generated by the F-4's General Electric J79 engines, the German pilots dubbed the F-4F the "Air Defence Diesel". The last of the F-4Fs was retired on 12 June 2008 at Neuburg: The last Phantoms are flying in Wittmund until their end in 2013.
From 2006 to June 2008 JG 74 transitioned to the Eurofighter Typhoon. It is the second squadron, which received the Eurofighter as a new fighter aircraft. The first four EF landed on 25th of July 2006 at the Airbase in Neuburg. On 9th of June, 2011 the Squdron celebrated its 50th anniversary. The squadron provides air defence duties for southern Germany.
All the images were taken on April 14, 2012 during our short visit.

Review and photography by Peter Thivessenfor AIRSHOWSREVIEW LLC.
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