Wittmund Typhoons

Wittmund Typhoons

Postby BigClick67 on Thu 14 Jan 2016, 11:26 am

Since June 2013 and the F-4’s retirement Wittmund Air Base has seen rather little action in comparison to the years before when the mighty F-4 was flying out of here in large numbers. Only the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) and a few more Typhoons are the norm nowadays and the number of movements per day are far from impressive. Nevertheless two rounds per day with four, sometimes even five jets can be expected, and that in combination with the A-4’s of Discovery Air makes for an enjoyable time … whenenver weather permits. In July Wittmund will see a boost in activity when „Taktische Luftwaffengruppe Richthofen“ (Tactical Air Force Group Richthofen) will be upgraded into a full-size fighter wing again, the Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 ‚Richthofen‘ (Tactical Air Wing 71 „Richthofen). This will see an increase from presently 8 to approx. 20 aircraft based here. Currently the jets are wearing two badges, the „Boelcke“-badge of TAW 31 at Nörvenich on the tail, and the Richthofen-badge on the forward fuselage, reflecting the fact that the Wittmund-Group (or rather Squadron in RAF) is only a part of TAW 31 at Nörvenich. But this will change in July when TAW 71 „Richthofen“ will be re-established at Wittmund, and the Boelcke-badge will disappear from the tails. Wittmund’s future seems bright, with plans to establish the GAF Typhoon QWI-course (QWI_Qualified Weapons Instructor) here! This should bring lots of action to this air base. The following photos reflect current operations and hopefully give you an idea of what a phantastic photo location this place is. Enjoy!
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(The last two shots were taken at Bremen Airport :heyhey: )

Hope you liked them! C&C welcome.
Cheers, Chris
Last edited by BigClick67 on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 7:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Wittmund Typhoons

Postby andrewn on Sat 23 Jan 2016, 1:47 pm

nice shots - thanks for posting
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Re: Wittmund Typhoons

Postby henk99 on Sun 24 Jan 2016, 12:25 am

Nice shots! And also thanks for the extra inside info about the plans for the base. As you say, it was always great when the Phantoms were still there, but the last time I was there, it was not very busy. It would be great to get more activity there from July onward, as it is indeed a great photography location!
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Re: Wittmund Typhoons

Postby RichPittman on Sun 24 Jan 2016, 9:36 am

Nice set from one of my favourite bases :rock:
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Re: Wittmund Typhoons

Postby Arno 01 on Sun 24 Jan 2016, 1:42 pm

Super set, thanks for posting
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Re: Wittmund Typhoons

Postby Skyflash on Mon 25 Jan 2016, 2:36 pm

Lovely stuff (although I can't help but feel a slight lump in the throat at the thought that until a few years ago those would have been F-4s...)

Wittmund really is a cracking location for photography, it's good to know that it's going to be seeing plenty of action for many years to come.
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Re: Wittmund Typhoons

Postby BigClick67 on Tue 26 Jan 2016, 6:18 pm

Skyflash wrote:Lovely stuff (although I can't help but feel a slight lump in the throat at the thought that until a few years ago those would have been F-4s...)

Wittmund really is a cracking location for photography, it's good to know that it's going to be seeing plenty of action for many years to come.

Well, if you like to take a closer look at how these looked like with Phantoms then have a look at my post "Wittmund Phantoms" on the GOLDEN OLDIES forum :biggrin:
thanks very much for your words!
cheers, Chris
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