Colourful tails at Wittmundhafen

Wittmundhafen-based Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 Richthofen (TaktLwG 71 or 71st Wing) unveiled its new flag ship Eurofighter 30+25 (c/n GS015), on June 28. The Tranche 1 jet is painted in a striking scheme applied to celebrate the 60th anniversary of TaktLwG 71.

Another Wittmundhafen-based jet, A-4N Skyhawk C-FGZT/542 (c/n 14464) operated by Top Aces, a Canadian contractor operating from the base, also has commemorative tail artwork applied. The jet’s tail has markings denoting 60 years Jagdgeschwader 71 (left) and 70 years NATO (right). Both aircraft were due to be presented to the general public at a small-scale event at the German base on June 29, but the Luftwaffe cancelled the event following a tragic crash of two Laage-based Eurofighters on June 24. Kees van der Mark