Air training squadron 15 - Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 15

Air training squadron 15
"Heinz Kapelle"

active 1957 to October 2, 1990
State Germany Democratic Republic 1949DDR DDR
Armed forces NVA
Armed forces GDR Air Force plane marking NVA Air Force
Branch of service Aviation forces
Type genus

- Jagdfliegerkräfte
- Jagdbombenfliegerkräfte

Strength approx. 600 soldiers and 100 civilian employees
Insinuation OHS for military aviators
Squadron location Rothenburg Air Base
Web presence FAG-15
Last commander
Major Eike Wetzstein Squadron commander
squadron III
training see list of aircraft types

The Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 15 (FAG-15) carried the honorary name Heinz Kapelle and was a flying unit in regimental strength of the NVA air force in direct subordination of the OHS for military pilots .

FAG-15, Rothenburg (New Federal States)
FAG-15, Rothenburg
FAG-15, Rothenburg


The squadron was initially set up in 1957 as FAG-3 at the Brandenburg-Briest airfield , which had been taken over by the NVA air forces shortly before from the Group of Soviet Armed Forces in Germany (GSSD).

From 15 December 1959 made the reclassification and reformation, now at the new Basierungsstandort, the airbase Rothenburg . On January 5 and 6, the Aviation Technical Battalion and the control and repair team moved to Rothenburg by rail. On March 1, 1961, the association was renamed Jagdfliegerausbildunggeschwader 15 (JAG-15) and the troop flag was awarded to it.

On March 1, 1970, the squadron was given the honorary name Heinz Kapelle .

After several structural changes, which were primarily appropriate to the changed training profile of the future military pilots, the final name was given to Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 15 (FAG-15).

The special colloquial expression for this fighter pilot training association was "egg squadron"; a parody of the self-creation of the squadron: "eggs for every breakfast, all kinds!". [1]


The task of the squadron consisted in the training of pilots for fighter planes and fighter bomb planes. For this purpose, the association was equipped for the simultaneous flight training of 100 flight students. To achieve this objective, an average of 5,300 flight hours were flown per training year.

From 1963, the flight instructors also took part in exercises with their aircraft as target actors, which were carried out by the LSK / LV command .

In the period from January 1960 to September 1990, a total of around 900 flight students completed a basic service of 120,000 hours of training in 38 flight courses at Rothenburg Air Base.


Rank, name period of service comment
Captain Gerhard Baustian 1959–1960 later major general in command LSK / LV , then deputy. of the chairman of the ZV of GST for flight and parachute jump training
Major Manfred Tröger 1960–1964
Major Rolf Krause 1964–1967
Captain Dieter Kulitzscher 1967–1970
Major Gerhard Fiß 1970–1973
Lieutenant Colonel Dieter Kulitzscher 1973–1977
Oberstleutnant Manfred Pippig 1977–1979
Colonel Dieter Kleemann 1979–1981 later deputy head of LSK / LV for training at LSK
Colonel Rainer Langener 1981–1986 later OHS commander for military aviators
Captain Klaus-Peter Glanz 1986–1989 later deputy commander for flight training OHS for military aviators
Major Eike Wetzstein 1989–1990



With the decommissioning of the NVA in 1990, the squadron was dissolved. Legal successors were the Bundeswehr Command East and the 5th Air Force Division .

Used aircraft types

This two-seater jet trainer MiG-21US flew in the JG-2 and JG-9 before it was handed over to the FAG-15 in 1989. [2]

The following types of aircraft were used in the squadron.

MiG-21 File September 30, 1990:

  • 26 × MiG-21SPS (all-weather interceptor type series MiG-21PF / subgroup MiG-21PFS / modification MiG-21PF (SPS), equipped with glaze for the FüWES of the Warsaw Pact LSK Wosduch-1 )
  • 15 × MiG-21U (Trainer fighter)
  • 13 × MiG-21US (US = Front-line training fighter with turbojet engine P-11F2S-300)
  • 3 × MiG21-UM (UM = Front-line training fighter with modernized avionics)

See also

NFB-15 and FTB-15

The intelligence and air traffic control battalion 15 ( NFB-15) and the Aviation Technology Battalion 15 (FTB-15) were directly subordinate to the squadron . The radio technology company (FuTK) of the NFB-15 was stationed in Steinbach near Rothenburg, depending on the location and operation. The stationary TX / RX position of the NFB-15 was in Klein-Priebus.

Personnel FTB-15:

The FTB-15 had a total of 414 posts at the end of the 1980s:

  • 34 officers
  • 18 ensigns
  • 24 NCOs with portepee
  • 43 NCOs, temporary soldiers
  • 225 basic military service
  • 70 civilian workers

The last commander of the FTB-15 was Major Rolf Zimmermann and the NFB-15 was Lieutenant Colonel Donath .


  • Rainer Langener: My years on the ejection seat . Memories and thoughts of a GDR military aviator. Helios, Aachen 2012, ISBN 978-3-86933-078-5 .

Individual evidence

  1. "Fliegergeschichten - From take-off to landing", facts and experiences - written down by members of the NVA aviation forces, Strausberg 2013, original edition (p. 388): ISBN 978-3-9814822-3-2 , Strausberg, Berlin, 2013
  2. ^ Detlef Billig, Manfred Meyer: Airplanes of the GDR. Type book military and civil aviation. Volume II until 1972. Friedland 2002, ISBN 3-613-02241-9 . P. 178

Coordinates: 51 ° 21 ′ 50 ″ N , 14 ° 57 ′ 0 ″ E