Aalborg Air Base
name = Aalborg Air Base
nativename = "Flyvestation Aalborg"
IATA = AAL
ICAO = EKYT
type = Public / Military
elevation-m = 3
elevation-f = 10
coordinates = coord|57|05|34.04|N|09|50|56.99|E|type:airport
metric-elev = yes
metric-rwy = yes
r1-number = 08R/26L
r1-length-m = 2,549
r1-length-f = 8,363
r2-number = 08L/26R
r2-length-f = 8,707
r2-length-m = 2,654
r2-surface = Asphalt
Aalborg Air Base ( _da. Flyvestation Aalborg) is a
military basefor the Danish Air Forceairport codes|AAL|EKYT. It is located near Aalborg, Denmark. Aalborg Air Base shares its runway system as well as some services (Air Traffic Control etc) with Aalborg Lufthavn.
It is also the base for Denmark's elite "
Jægerkorpset" special forces unit.Until its decommission on January 10th, 2006, Aalborg Air Base was also home to:
* 726 Squadron which was a reconnaissance and fighter bomber squadron equipped with Lockheed F-16MLU Fighting Falcon aircraft. The aircraft from this squadron were transferred to Skrydstrup Air Base instead.
Germanyinvaded Denmark April 9, 1940the German Luftwaffe(Air Force) launched one of the first airborne operations in history, in which paratroopers captured the airport. Aalborg Lufthavn was considered a crucial element in the ferrying of troops and equipments from Germany to Norwayas it acted as a refuelling base for Luftwaffe transport planes, especially Junkers Ju 52/3m, during the campaign.
A well known air battle took place over the airport
August 13, 1940when a squadron of Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheimbombers attacked the German aircraft based there. All eleven attacking aircraft were shot down by either German anti-aircraft fire or Messerschmitt Bf 109fighter aircraft.
The Luftwaffe greatly expanded the airport which they called Fliegerhorst Aalborg West. After the war, an internment camp for Baltic German refugees was set up at the location.When the Royal
Danish Air Forcewas created in 1950, it took over the Fliegerhorst.
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