Erding Air Base

Erding Air Base

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Erding Air Base (German: Fliegerhorst Erding, ICAO: ETSE) is a German Air Force airfield near the town of Erding, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of central Munich in Bavaria. It is the home of the 5th Air Defense Missile Squadron and the 1st Air Force Maintenance Regiment.

The last public airshow at Erding was held during the summer of 1986.


Prior to and during World War II, Erding was a Luftwaffe pilot training airfield. It was seized by the United States Army in April 1945 and used as a United States Air Force facility during the early years of the Cold War.

Erding was used as an Air Depot, Air Base and an Air Station. On 14 Dezember 1957, control of Erding Air Base was returned to the reconstituted West German Air Force as a front line facility where it hosted various F-104, Tornado and other fighter squadrons.

USAF Units At Erding Air Base

USAF Units stationed at Erding were:

  • 85th Air Depot Wing, 1 Jun 1945
Redesignated: European Air Depot, 1 Sep 1945
Redesignated: Erding Air Depot, 5 Nov 1946
Redesignated: 7200th Air Force Depot Wing, 1 Jul 1948
Redesignated: 85th Air Defense Wing, 25 Jul 1949
Redesignated: 7485th Air Depot Wing, 1 Dec 1953
Redesignated: 7485th Support Wing (Training), 1 Apr 1956-1 Apr 1957

Originally developed as an Air Depot in the early postwar years, the mission of Erding Air Base (later Station) was to...
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