Kai-Uwe von Hassel, Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, viewed the flying facilities at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona this past weekend (6, 7, 8 May).
Von Hassel meeting with students; touring base; son takes pictures of Von Hassel.
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Background: Kai-Uwe von Hassel, Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, viewed the flying facilities at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona this past weekend (6, 7, 8 May). He also met with German student pilots; one of whom is his son, Joachim -- a Naval Ensign.
Williams Air Force Base was the first stop for the Minister and a party of five. They arrived late Friday ( 6 May ) and we met by a base delegation headed by Colonel C.A. Martin Jr., commander of the 365th Pilot Training Wing.
The official tour of Williams Air Force Base began Saturday morning. It included a briefing on the pilot training mission and a visit with German student pilots.
Minister von Hassel's son is now in the T-37 phase of pilot training.
The West German Defense Ministry mission flew to the Grand Canyon on Sunday to view that beautiful and vast natural wonder. Later that day they departed for Luke Air Force Base, which is also in Arizona. Before returning to Bonn, von Hassel and his party will tour the Lockhead Aircraft facilities in Burbank, California; Fort Bliss, Texas (a rocket center); Redstone Arsenal; Alabama (a major rocket center); Dobbins Air Force Base, Georgia; and finally the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.