Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to the Tactical Air Force Squadron 31 "Boelcke" in Nörvenich yesterday, Monday 21 March. The Chancellor saw several Eurofighters in different configurations and was briefed about the capabilities of the swing-role combat aircraft. This was followed by a flight demonstration of the Eurofighter aircraft.
In a conversation with soldiers, the Chancellor learnt more about the experiences of German soldiers in past and current missions as part of national and multinational exercises.
The Tactical Air Force Squadron 31 "Boelcke” joined NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltics from September 2015 to January 2016. A total of 180 German soldiers and five Eurofighters of Luftwaffe were deployed to Ämari/Estonia and protected the airspace over the Baltic States.
Nörvenich is a place with a special history. The first volunteers of the Luftwaffe entered into service on 2 January 1956. The date thus marks the foundation of the German Air Force 60 years ago.