Ramstein Air Base
View of ETAR with some custom buildings.
|Owner||U.S. Air Force|
Ramstein Air Base is a United States Air Force base in south-western Germany. It serves as headquarters for the United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) and is also a NATO installation. Ramstein is located near the town of , in the rural district of . The east gate of Ramstein Air Base is about 10 miles (16 km) from Kaiserslautern. The host unit is the (86 AW), composed of 6 groups, 27 squadrons and three bases in Germany, Spain, and Belgium. Its mission is the operation and maintenance of airlift assets consisting of C-130Js, C-20s, C-21s, C-40B and C-37A Gulfstream aircraft throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Also at Ramstein is the (formerly the 435th Air Base Wing) (435 AGOW), which focuses on base-support responsibilities within the KMC (Kaiserlautern Military Community). It is composed of 5 groups and 20 squadrons. The wing provides rapid mobility and agile combat support for military operations, and maintains expeditionary forces and infrastructure. Ramstein's wings are assigned to the headquarters also based at Ramstein AB, which controls most of the USAF Wings throughout Europe.
Ramstein Air Base is an example of international collaboration. Designed by French engineers, it was constructed by some Germans but with imported help from workers of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, and Turkey (there were very few German men to work on construction projects after WWII) and operated by the Americans. The area was nothing more than a swamp that had to be built up by two meters (six feet) in height level over the whole area. A train line was laid out from Einsiedlerhof-Kaiserslautern in a yoke shape around to the current base and back down to the Landstuhl spur in 1948 by agreement of the U.S. and French Occupational Forces. Trainload after trainload of earth was moved over the line and spread over the base current area to raise it to its current level. The trains ran 24/7 for over a year. Once the ground was level, building construction could begin. A project designed and undertaken by the French Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1949 to 1952. Two bases were laid out. Landstuhl Air Base on the south side and Ramstein Air Station (station, no airstrip) on the north. From 1948 to the opening of the bases in 1953 it was the largest one spot construction site in Europe employing over 270,000 Europeans at one time.
Note The following table takes into account some frequencies available only in the current development version.
J Maverick 16 is currently redesigning the airport from scratch so that the scenery is as faithful as possible to the real air base. The airport will be submitted for inclusion in the international scenery as soon as the ground layout and the most important buildings are done; further updates (more buildings, boundaries, decorations, etc.) will be released via TerraSync.
|Note The following table takes into account improvements available only in the current development version.|
ATC services (USAF_RS)
ATC service is provided regularly on weekends, using also Mumble and FGCom - check Lenny's website for the exact times and dates, but usually on Friday evenings. For further information about LIPQ, use SkyVector and GCMAP. To avoid pilot/ATC misunderstandings see the minimum list of best practices. Don't simulate an emergency or found an excuse to land/take-off from Ramstein only because it is controlled in that moment, especially for airliners (e.g. terrorists on board, engine failures, passenger with cardiac arrest, President on board,...) Due to the proximity with EDDF, airmen from/to the base should not interfere with commercial traffic, especially when the airport is manned.
A word on hijackers
Recently one (or two) ATC guys used the same callsign (USAF_RS) to do ATC at ETAR, but he (or they) weren't the real USAF_RS (J Maverick 16). Due to this, all ATC sessions hosted by J Maverick 16 at Ramstein AB are going to be added on Lenny's ATC website at least a day before the session.