September 23rd & 24th, 2016

 

Me and my cousin went for the first time to Ramstein Air Base on September 23rd and 24th, 2016. The weather was very good and we managed to see quite a lot of military aircraft. Highlight was the very last Lockheed C5B Galaxy.

 

We located a very quiet spotters location from where we could see the aircraft nicely in the sun. As we stayed for the whole weekend we had booked into a great hotel very close to the base, the drive to the hotel only took us about 10 minutes. Overall it was a very good weekend for me, especially because of the C5s. Already on the Friday morning one of the first aircraft we saw was a ’mighty’ Galaxy that arrived at Ramstein. The noise is something that I will remember for a very long time..

 

Over the two days we also saw the arrival of several tankers, but unfortunately no KC10s. On the Saturday morning it was quite busy, with about 7 Lockheed C130 Hercules transports that arrived in about 30 minutes. On that day we also saw a few Boeing C17 Globemaster IIIs taking off, but in the afternoon it went very quiet. Only from 4 o’clock onwards we saw a number of new arrivals. Last aircraft we saw, just before we left, was a modernized Lockheed C5M Galaxy. We ended the trip just like we started, with a ‘mighty’ Galaxy.

 

Text & Photography: Levie Meykens