The wing was redesignated as the 52d Fighter-All Weather Wing on 20 January 1950, and then became the 52d Fighter-Interceptor Wing on 1 May 1951. The wing was inactivated on 6 February 1952, for a short time. However, on 11 April 1963, the wing was redesignated and activated as the 52d Fighter Wing (Air Defense). Stationed at Suffolk County AFB, New York, from 1 July 1963 - 30 September 1968, wing aircrews flew F-101 Voodoos.
Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe, activated the 52d Tactical Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, on 31 December 1971. Upon activation, the 52d possessed two tactical units—the 23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) and the 39th Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (TEWS). The 23 TFS flew F-4D Phantom IIs while the 39 TEWS operated EB-66 Destroyer aircraft. Headquarters USAFE activated the 39 TEWS at Spangdahlem AB on 1 January 1973. Meanwhile, the 81 TFS, equipped with F-4C Wild Weasel aircraft, moved here from Zweibrucken AB, Germany, on 15 January 1973.
In April 1987, the wing began changing with the times and replaced its aging F-4E jets with brand new F-16C/D Fighting Falcons just off the production line. The last operational E model F-4 Phantom II aircraft departed Spangdahlem AB in December 1987.
With this changeover, the 52 TFW secured a place in Air Force history by becoming the first wing to successfully employ two completely different fighters in a hunter/killer role within each of its tactical fighter squadrons. Together, the F-4G and F-16C airplanes were capable of delivering almost any munitions in the Air Force inventory with pinpoint accuracy.
On 6 April 1999, the 52d Fighter Wing (52d Air Expeditionary Wing) conducted
the first combat sorties flown from Germany since World War II in support
of Operation ALLIED FORCE (OAF). In addition to operating from Spangdahlem
AB, the 52d deployed personnel and equipment to Aviano AB and Lecce, Italy,
to support OAF. Operation ALLIED FORCE proved to be the largest military
endeavor undertaken by the 52d Fighter Wing since Operation DESERT STORM.
Units assigned to the 52d
In an effort to realign maintenance and logistics functions at Spangdahlem
AB, HQ USAFE reorganized the 52d Fighter Wing on 1 July 2002. Although
the reorganization did not begin until July 2002, the 52d began active
participation in the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Logistics Review
designed to streamline and improve USAF logistical and maintenance processes
on 24 Aug 2001. After being selected as one of seventeen test bases, the
52d began integrating the 52d Supply Squadron and 52d Transportation Squadron
functions into the 52d Logistics Readiness Squadron, Provisional. As part
of the reorganization, HQ USAFE redesignated several units 1 July 2002:
the 52d Logistics Group became the 52d Maintenance Group; the 52d Support
Group became the 52d Mission Support Group; the 52d Supply Squadron became
the 52d Logistics Readiness Squadron; the 52d Component Repair Squadron
became the 52d Component Maintenance Squadron; and the 52d Logistics Support
Squadron became the 52d Maintenance Operations Squadron. In addition,
HQ USAFE activated the 52d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and inactivated
the 52d Transportation Squadron. Lastly, the 52d Contracting
In addition to the historically significant events already mentioned, the men and women of Team Eifel remain involved in numerous deployments around the globe—the members of the 52d Fighter Wing are always prepared to SEEK ATTACK DESTROY.
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10007 x 148 feet
49° 58' 00.45" N
006° 41' 00.82" E
|Landing Distance||10007 feet|
|Takeoff Distance||10500 feet|
|Overrun Length||493 feet|
49° 59' 10.65" N
006° 42' 48.44" E
|Landing Distance||10007 feet|
|Takeoff Distance||10507 feet|
|Overrun Length||500 feet|
|Overrun Surface||PART CONCRETE, PART ASPHALT, OR PART BITUMEN-BOUND MACADAM.|
49° 58' 44.38" N
006° 41' 51.71" E
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