© Mod/Crown Copyright via Bob Marston XV809/AF Harrier GR3 3Sqn & acht unid., Gütersloh (Frühjahr 1987) Zum 75ten Bestehen der 3Sqn flog die Staffel am 15.05.1987 eine Nine-Ship-Formation. Hier handelt es sich vermutlich um eine Probe. Man sieht in der Mitte den grünen XV809/AF, dieser war am 15. Mai allerdings nicht Teil der Formation. Eine Andover CC2 der 32Sqn rollt an drei Chinook HC1 der 18Sqn vorbei zur Abstellfläche.
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.
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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