Bas Stubert, Dino van Doorn and Hans van der Wilt report for GMAP from Geilenkirchen; Germany.
In June 2017 the NATO E-3A AWACS component, based at Geilenkirchen Airbase Germany, celebrated his 35th anniversary with an open house on july 1st and 2nd.
To celebebrate the event, the static-show consisted of a nice line-up of aircraft from almost all NATO-countries.
The build-up of the E-3A Component began in January 1980. In October 1980 the Component was granted the status of an international military headquarters by decision of the NATO Defence Planning Committee (DPC). Flying operations began in February 1982 after delivery of the first E-3A-aircraft. The Component was officially activated on 28 June 1982.