Air training squadron 15 - Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 15
Air training squadron 15
|active||1957 to October 2, 1990|
|Armed forces||NVA Air Force|
|Branch of service||Aviation forces|
|Strength||approx. 600 soldiers and 100 civilian employees|
|Insinuation||OHS for military aviators|
|Squadron location||Rothenburg Air Base|
|Major Eike Wetzstein||Squadron commander|
|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 Fliegerhorst 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 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|
- For frame structure see: Squadron, Air Force NVA
Used aircraft types
The following types of aircraft were used in the squadron.
- 1957–58 Jak-11 , Jak-18 und Jak-18U
- 1959–60 MiG-15bis , MiG-15UTI and MiG-17F
- from 1962 MiG-17 and further MiG-15bis
- 1964 L-29 , MiG-21U and MiG-21F-13
- 1978 MiG-21SPS and MiG-21 US
- 1989 MiG-21USM
- 1990 MiG-21UM
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)
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.
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 .
- "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
- 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