Hahn: Air Base

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Cold War Airfields: Hahn
by Bert Kondruss
Coordinates: N495652 E0071547 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 1649 ft
Location Indicator: EDAH (1990), EDFH (2000)
Operator: USAF

Location

Map with location of Hahn Air Base
Germany during the Cold War
Map

During the Cold War

Usage

US Air Force base.

Units

50th Tactical Fighter Wing:
1971: 50th TFW: 10th TFS (F-4D), 496th TFS (F-4E)
1975: 50th TFW: 10th TFS (F-4D/E), 496th TFS (F-4E) (1975)
1980: 50th TFW: 10th, 313th, 496th TFS (F-4E)
1985: 50th TFW: 10th, 313th, 496th TFS (F-16A/B/C/D) (1985)
1990: 50th TFW: 10th, 313th, 496th TFS (F-16C/D) (1985)

In the 1950s

Situation

Hahn Air Base on a map from 1959
Hahn Air Base on a map from 1959 - Besides a non-directional beacon (NDB) and a TACAN, the field has also a VOR - here shown as "OMNI"

In the 1960s

Situation

Hahn Air Base on a map from 1963
Hahn Air Base on a map from 1963 - Compared to 1959, the VOR has disappeared again.

In the 1970s

Situation

Map with Hahn Air Base 1972
Hahn Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

Images

Aerial pictures 1977

Aerial views of the base prior to completion of Project Tonedown, in which aircraft taxiways and runways will be camouflaged according to US Air Force Europe specifications.
Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Ralph E. Kelly
Aerial picture Hahn airfield
Aerial view Hahn Air Base
Hahn airfield aerial picture

Exercise SALTY ROOSTER April 1978

Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Emmett Lewis Jr.
F-4 Phantom at Hahn airfield
Ground Surveillance Unit (GSU) at Hahn 1
Ground Surveillance Unit (GSU)
Ground Surveillance Unit (GSU) at Hahn 2
Enlargement
Ground Surveillance Unit (GSU) at Hahn 3
Enlargement

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Overview

Map of Hahn airfield 1984
Hahn in 1984

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 03/21: 2437 m x 45 m Asphalt

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • ILS
  • TACAN: CH24 "HAH", at field

Radar

ASR, PAR (1990)

Installations

Railway siding from Büchenbeuren.

Images

November 1980: Exercise SALTY MACE

SALTY MACE was an exercise about chemical warfare.
US Air Force F-4 Phantom II Hahn
A ground crew in chemical warfare gear connects a tug to an F-4 Phantom II fighter aircraft before flight - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Mary Andrews
F-4 Phantom USAFE Hahn
Preparation for flight - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Mary Andrews
US Air Force F-4E Phantom decontamination Hahn Air Base
A disaster preparedness team of the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron performs decontamination maintenance on an F-4E Phantom II aircraft. - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT James R. Pearson
50th Civil Engineering Squadron repair a tire of an F-4E Phantom II at Hahn Air Base
Members of the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron repair a simulated flat tire of an F-4E Phantom II aircraft - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT James R. Pearson
Mark 82 Snake Eye bombs Hahn airfield
A member of the 50th Munitions Maintenance Squadron checks out Mark 82 Snake-Eye bombs - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT James R. Pearson
Offloading simulated nuclear cargo from a C-130 Hercules in Hahn.
Offloading of a simulated nuclear cargo from a C-130 Hercules from the 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Charles Gentry
Offloading simulated nuclear cargo - restricted area Hahn
Enlargement: Sign restricted area
Members of the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron repair a simulated bomb crater
Members of the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron repair a simulated bomb crater - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT James R. Pearson
50th Security Police Squadron Hahn Air Bas
A member of the 50th Security Police Squadron dressed in chemical warfare gear stands guard around the perimeter at Hahn Air Base - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT James R. Pearson

More pictures from 1980s

F-16 Falcon of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing Hahn
Final checks are made on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, before it is maneuvered back into a hangar (1982) - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: AIC T. Vickmark
USAF F-16A Fighting Falcon in front of a Shelter at Hahn
An F-16A Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 50th TFW is guided into a hangar after flying a support mission for the exercise REFORGER '86 - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Patrick Nugent
F-16A Fighting Falcon of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing Hahn
Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Patrick Nugent
Shelter: USE TECH DATA
Enlargement: USE TECH DATA
F-16 Fighting Falcon with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles at Hahn
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles at Hahn (1987) - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: Sgt David S. Nolan
F-111F from the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Hahn
An F-111F from the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron takes off for a mission during the exercise REFORGER '86 - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: Sgt David S. Nolan
The front gate entrance to the Hahn Air Base, 1986
The front gate entrance to the base, 1986 - Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Patrick Nugent
Hahn Air Base
Enlargement - Hahn Air Base
Welcome to Hahn AB - Best Fighter Wing in USAFE
Enlargement - Welcome to Hahn AB - Best Fighter Wing in USAFE

Today

Usage

Regional airport.

Overview

Aerial view of Hahn Airport from August 2016
Aerial view from August 2016

Links

Image sources

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