JaBoG 31, Norvenich airbase, Germany, 2001-2002
Jagdbombergeschwader 31 (abbreviated as JaBoG 31)
is the fighter-bomber wing based at Norverich in the
Western Germany. The unit was established in 1957 at
Buchel airbase because Norverich base was not yet
prepared to operate the new jet airplanes. On April 20,
1961 the squadron was named „Boelcke“ in the honor
of Oswald Boelcke, WWI Luftstreitkrafte fighter pilot.
In 1979 the Jagdbombergeschwader 31 was the first
Luftwaffe unit to be equipped with the new Panavia
Tornado IDS aircraft. As a result of the German Air
Force restructuring, on October 1, 2013 it was renamed
to the Taktisches Luftwaffegeschwader 31 „Boelcke“
(abbreviated as TaktLwG 32 „B“). On the same day the
unit became the core unit of the newly established
Tactical Air Force Group „Richthofen“. In 2001 the
Tornado coded 44+21 received the special color scheme commemorating 1 250 000 hours logged by the
Luftwaffe pilots in Tornadoes.
AG 51 „Immelmann“, Schleswig-Jagel airbase, Germany, 2006-2007
Predecessor of the TaktLwG 51, Aufklarungsgeschwader 51, was re-activated in January 1994. The previous AG 51, together with its sister unit AG 52 (both
were equipped with reconnaissance RF-4E) was
disbanded in the middle of 1993. Newly established
AG 51 received Tornadoes IDS supplemented by ECR
version. The tiger striping carried by 44+87 was
presented for the first time at the NATO Tiger Meet
in 2006 taking place at Albacete airbase in Spain.
Tornado IDS 44+87 camouflage was painted
according to the so-called Norm 95.