30 Years Jubilee
30 year Jubilee Committee members during Press Conference
On 24 February 1982 the first E-3A AWACS aircraft landed at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, marking the start of a new era in airspace surveillance. Since that time, these aircraft with their distinctive radar dish have flown countless missions from the base.
The E-3A Component is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Jubilee event on 16 and 17 June 2012. This will be a very special occasion emphasizing the cultural aspects of the 17 NATO nations participating in the NATO AWACS programme.
This Jubilee event will feature an 8,000 square metre display area in one of our hangars, a wide-ranging programme of international entertainment with music and dance performances from various NATO nations and the local tri-border area. All of this will enable visitors to experience the diversity of the various cultures represented at the E-3A Component. It will be an outstanding festival with exclusive performances and cultural specialities. For aviation enthusiasts and other visitors three E-3 AWACS aircraft will be available for walk-through tours, and a large number of other aircraft will also be on display on the flight line.
For the benefit of the youngest visitors this event will feature a special, suitably equipped area of the base where they can play and have a great time.
Tickets for this event are available from today and can be ordered either on-line or at the various sales points listed on our website, where further information is also available.
Please go to: www.e3a.nato.int, or Facebook: www.facebook.com/NATOE3AComponent, or Twitter: www.twitter.com/E3AComponent.