America’s greatest airlift hub celebrates 50th anniversary


When six F-84 Thunderjets landed on March 2, 1952, at Landstuhl Air Base (known today as Ramstein Air Base), few realized the historical importance. The landing of the Thunderjets marked the beginning of a half-century of US airpower in Europe. Since then, Ramstein has seen several different aircraft and missions, ranging from fighter operations to present-day airlift missions. Ramstein AB commemorated its 50th anniversary in March and will continue to emphasize its historical heritage throughout the year.

Most recently, RAB has played a key part in various humanitarian relief operations. The latest, Operation Enduring Freedom, helped feed over two million Afghans. RAB is America’s “911” emergency responder, bringing virtually anything anywhere anytime. and will highlight these efforts throughout this anniversary year.

To highlight the last 50 years, the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office is searching for stories, photos and comments about memorable experiences from former military/family members, Host Nation employees, DoD civilians and NATO employees who were assigned to RAB between 1952 and 2001. Contact 86th AW/PA, Unit 3200, Box 330 APO AE 09094; (49) 06371-47-9197;


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