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HSG 64 flagship visits Eindhoven,  9 September 2015

On September 1st 2010 the European Air Transport Command (EATC) was formed at Eindhoven AB. To celebrate its fifth anniversary a CH-53G of Hubschraubergeschwader 64 came to Eindhoven to perform para drops over the grass strip in front of the EATC building.


On September 8th the CH-53G painted in a special color scheme arrived from Laupheim early in the evening. I took the opportunity to take shots of this beautiful helicopter in the very early morning the next day, while it was still dark. Later that day I visited the apron again to take photo's of the helicopter in excellent light conditions. In the early afternoon I took some shots of the short repositioning flight, when it flew from the apron to the grass strip. I arranged a nice banking pass along the tower, but unfortunately the sun was gone at that moment for only a minute.


For the para drop flight I went to the grass strip near the EATC building where the helicopter was parked. From this position I took some very nice shots of the helicopter taking off.


The founding of Hubschraubergeschwader 64

The origins of Hubschraubergeschwader 64 lie in the air force's Helicopter Transport Wing 64 which was founded in 1966. When the wing was disbanded in April 1994 personnel and equipment were absorbed by the other air transport wings of the German Air Force. The Hubschraubergeschwader 64 was created on October 1st 2010 when the helicopters previously assigned to LTG 62 formed a new unit. Until January 1st 2013 the wing flew a Bell UH-1D Huey which were to be replaced by the NH90. The first NH90 was handed over to HSG 64 on October 21st 2010.


In October 2011 the German Federal Ministry of Defence announced a reorganization/reduction of the German Armed Forces. As a consequence, all CH-53-helicopters were to be transferred to the Air Force. The Medium Transport Helicopter Regiment 25 (MTHR 25) of the HEER (German Army Aviation Corps) flying the CH-53G, based at Laupheim Air Base, was disbanded on December 31st 2012 and re-established as new Hubschraubergeschwader 64 (HSG 64) the next day. The other unit within the HEER flying the CH-53G, MTHR 15 based at Rheine Bentlage Air Base, was disbanded on March 7th 2013. The UH-1D's and NH90's of HSG 64 were transferred to the German Army. The restructured wing has a strength of approximately 1800 personnel, 1200 of which are stationed at Laupheim Air Base, the remaining 600 at Holzdorf Air Base.




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