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TEASER: Dug in with the United States 7th Army


Just to tease you: we dug in with the chopper force of the United States 7th Army, in Germany. Preview of what is coming soon at Airheadsfly.com. Featured photo by Airheadsfly.com editor Dennis Spronk, video footage by dedicated videographer Vincent Kok.

US Air Force F-16 crashes in Germany

A US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed on Tuesday 11 August in southern Germany, according to reports in German media. The aircraft apparently suffered engine troubles, forcing the pilot to eject. He sustained minor injuries.

The crash happened at 09.38 hours local time near the town of Bayreuth in Bavaria. The aircraft came down in a wooded area. The aircraft was stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, home to the US Air Force’s 52nd Fighter Wing flying Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter jets.

The accident happened during a training flight over the US Army training facility in Grafenwöhr, according to the USAF. Following the crash, the 52nd Fighter Wing cancelled flying operations for 24 hours for safety reasons.

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Featured image (top): A Spangdahlem-based F-16, seen here landing at its homebase. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

USAR 12th CAB preparing for Afghanistan

Boeing CH-47 Chinooks of the US Army's 12th Combat Aviation Regiment preparing for Afghanistan in Germany, March 2014 (Image © Staff Sgt. Caleb Barrieau / USARE)
Boeing CH-47 Chinooks of the US Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Regiment preparing for Afghanistan in Germany, March 2014 (Image © Staff Sgt. Caleb Barrieau / USARE)

The US Army Europe’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) in Germany has started a relatively large aviation exercise to prepare the unit for the upcoming deployment in Afghanistan on 18 March 2014. Over 40 aircraft of various models are involved: Black Hawks Chinooks and Apaches. The German Army simulates the enemy.

The prep-ex takes place in the skies and on the ground between the Joint Multinational Training Command’s (JMTC) Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA, Grafenwöhr) and its Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) at the Hohenfels Training Area, to as far as Bad Reichenhall, near the German-Austrian border.

German Bundeswehr soldiers are forming the opposition force (OPFOR) on the ground confronting the 12th CAB Soldiers. From the Hochstaufen Barracks in Bad Reichenhall come elements from the German Army’s elite 23rd Mountaineer Brigade.

Source: US Army

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Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks of the US Army's 12th Combat Aviation Regiment preparing for Afghanistan in Germany, March 2014 (Image © Staff Sgt. Caleb Barrieau / USARE)
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks of the US Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Regiment preparing for Afghanistan in Germany, March 2014 (Image © Staff Sgt. Caleb Barrieau / USARE)