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After disintegration of the Warsaw Pact in 1991, the cold war was over and western democracies were eager to harvest the peace dividend. Military units were rapidly disbanded and military facilities, especially airbases, closed by the dozen.
Rhineland-Palatinate bore the nickname of "NATO's carrier" as there were eight military airbases plus several smaller airfields crowded on an area of less than 20.000 sqkm.
Only Büchel, Spangdahlem and Ramstein are still operational. Hahn and Zweibrücken were converted into civil use, while Sembach, Bitburg and Pferdsfeld were closed.

This is what was left of Pferdsfeld Air Base ETSP 15 years after the Phlyout of the Phabulous Phantom. The runway is part of an Opel car test centre. Some enterprises hired or bought the former aircraft hangars. Shelters have been removed completely, giving room for the land's biggest photoelectric facility.

But the two villages which were abandoned due to the Phantom's unbearable noise: they are gone forever.

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 1 N: 840] (4072)
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