26 June 2013
This was an opportunity to see the based Typhoons of JG73 in action with full access o the two ‘barn’ areas that have replaced hardened shelters in the post cold-war era. the shelters at Laage still stand as a stark reminder but are now used for storage only. their MiG-29 Fulcrums having passed first to the Luftwaffe and now to various museums across Europe.
There is a small viewing terrace on the terminal building which has few daily flights but the pre-arranged access and cooperation of the base public affairs created wonderful opportunities to see the Typhoon from all angles. The numerous preserved airframes were also observed and photographed.
Of particular interest was the facility to take pictures of the ‘last chance’ ramp where ground crew make a last minute external check, particularly of tyres and control surfaces just before the tasked aircraft enter the runway threshold for departure. Ear protection is essential in this area.
The base is keen to encourage future visits and we extend our sincere thanks to them for their hospitality.