© Thomas Westhoff-Düppmann BR03 Mirage 5BR 2Wing, 42Smd, Gütersloh (28.08.1984) Zusammen mit der BR17 landete die BR03 Ende August 1984 in Gütersloh. Nach den frühen Abstürzen der BR01 und BR02 in den Jahren 1973 bzw. 1972 war die BR03 praktisch das Flaggschiff der belgischen Aufklärerflotte. Am 17. Januar 1994 wurde sie aus dem Dienst gezogen, nach nur gut 22 Jahren im Einsatz.
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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