• Short Summary

    WEST GERMANY'S NO 73 FIGHTER WING, FORMERLY STATIONED AT OLDENBURG, TOOK OVER THE NEWLY-COMPLETED PFERDSFELD AIRFIELD NEAR BAD KREUZNACH, NOV 11.

  • Description

    WEST GERMANY'S NO 73 FIGHTER WING, FORMERLY STATIONED AT OLDENBURG, TOOK OVER THE NEWLY-COMPLETED PFERDSFELD AIRFIELD NEAR BAD KREUZNACH, NOV 11. AFTER THE HOISTING OF THE WEST GERMANY AND NATO FLAG, GENERAL KAMMHUBER, INSPECTOR OF THE WEST GERMAN AIR FORCE, AND GENERAL TRUMAN LANDON OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TOOK THE SALUTE AT A MARCH-PAST.

    BLACK FLAGS WERE FLYING AT THE NEARBY VILLAGE OF REHBACH WHERE HERR NICOLAY, A LOCAL COUNCIL MEMBER, HAS ANNOUNCED A HUNGER STRIKE. THE 183 VILLAGERS, WHOSE HOMES ARE SITUATED IN THE AIRFIELD'S APPROACH LANE, ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE NUISANCE OF NOISE AND THE DANGER OF POSSIBLE CRASHES BY THE FIGHTER WING'S F-86 SABRE JETS.

    PFERDSFELD AIRFIELD WAS BUILT BY THE ALLIES IN 1951 AT A COST OF OVER GBP4 MILLION, BUT REMAINED UNUSED AS IT WAS FOUND TO BE INADEQUATE. NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THE YEARS AND SOME MINOR WORK IS STILL GOING ON.

    IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ASKED IN THE BUNDESTAG LAST MAY, DEFENCE MINISTER STRAUSS EXPLAINED THAT GENERAL WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE AREA WOULD MAKE IT NECESSARY FOR AIRCRAFT TO APPROACH PFERDSFELD FROM THE EAST, FLYING OVER REHBACH. SINCE THE VILLAGE WAS VERY SMALL AND ITS POSITION 150 FEET BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE RUNWAY, THERE WAS NO DANGER FOR THE POPULATION. EXPERTS HAD MADE SAFETY CHECKS AND FOUND EVERYTHING IN ORDER.

    THE DEFENCE MINISTRY'S REACTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE HUNGER STRIKE WAS A SHARPLY WORDED STATEMENT, REFERRING TO THE "SCHIZOPHRENIC POLITICAL ATTITUDE OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS AND MINORITIES" AND DESCRIBING THE ACTION AS "AGITATION AGAINST NATIONAL DEFENCE AT A TIME WHEN WE EXPECT OUR ALLIES TO SAFEGUARD THE FREEDOM OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC AND OF BERLIN."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADRR7NZL8X4HHZ5FR51Y40XAKS
    Media URN:
    VLVADRR7NZL8X4HHZ5FR51Y40XAKS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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