© Markus Jakobsmeier J-221 F-16A 322Sqn, Gütersloh (Mai/Juni 1985) Bereits im Juli 1980 kam die J-221 zur 323Sqn in Leeuwarden. Damit gehörte sie zur Erstausstattung der Einheit. Im Februar 1982 wechselte sie dann zur Schwesterstaffel am gleichen Standort. Im Dezember 1989 wurde diese F-16A aufgrund ihrer frühen Block-1-Austattung zur Pilotenausbildung in die 148TFS in die Staaten "versetzt".
The Airfield Gütersloh
Due to its close proximity to the inner-German border RAF Gütersloh (ICAO code EDUO, since 1994 ETUO) was one of the most active and most approached airbase of over 70 military airfields and heliports in Germany. A huge amount of visiting aircraft, several Gütersloh based aircraft types and the proximity to exercise and low-level flying areas, but also to potential enemy areas in the state of defence secured this position until the end of the Cold War. In the year 1986 for example, over 58.000 aircraft movements were counted, this is equivalent of 160 a day, including the weekends. Since the end of 2013 the airfield is generally closed for all air traffic.
Spotting Group Gütersloh (SG ETUO)
The Spotting Group Gütersloh is an association of aviation enthusiasts who documented the activities at the Airfield Gütersloh since the 60s in general but also the mainly military movements. For further information, visit the section Spotting Group.
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