Fliegerhorst Wunstorf serves as home to the Air Transport Wing 62, the unit that operates the country’s fleet of Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft.
The 2018 edition of Tag der Bundeswehr, the major open doors event of the German armed forces, happened on 9th June 2018. One of the bigger events was organized at Fliegerhorst Wunstorf home off the Lufttransportgeschwader 62 (LTG 62), the unit that operates the country’s fleet of Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft.
Lufttransportgeschwader 62 will be the only wing to operate the new heavy lift transporter within the Luftwaffe. As many as fifty-eight A400M Atlas are to be based at from Wunstorf AB, this as the last eighteen A400M that were for sale will be taken on by the Luftwaffe.
The Fliegerhorst Wunstorf was opened back in 1934 by the “Wehrmacht” and was taken over by the Royal Air Force after WWII. First the airfield was used as the home base of a few British fighter squadrons, before it was used for the famous “Berliner Luftbrücke” between West Germany/BRD and West Berlin in 1948/49. In March 1958 Fliegerhorst Wunstorf was returned to the Luftwaffe and used as a base for the transport fleet, first with the Noratlas and the C160 Transall. From October 1978 on the Air Base is used as home base for Lufttransportgeschwader 62.
At the Fliegerhorst Wunstorf you can really see the proceeding generational change in the Luftwaffe, a complete new infrastructure is being built on the Fliegerhorst to accommodate the A400M Atlas. With new maintenance hangers an a large platform for the fleet of fifty-eight A400M Atlas aircraft concentrated on this base, all other transport bases off the Luftwaffe will be closed as the C160 Transall retires from services.