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The military parade of the National Day last Friday impressed by its quality on the one hand and by the overflight by 2 times of an AWACS aircraft.
And after the great success of this day, many have wondered how such a small country can have such a aircraft with the lion’s head.
As soon as NATO’s first Boeing E-3A AWACS became operational in 1982, it was decided to register them in Luxembourg, since this country does not have any air force, so the registration is politically more neutral.
That’s why the Alliance’s 18 Boeing E-3A AWACS aircraft were registered in the Grand Duchy without being owned by it. Of the 18 aircraft, 16 remain in service. One AWACS was lost in Greece and another was withdrawn from active duty.
An aircraft flying at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) can monitor an area of more than 300,000 square kilometers, and three planes with coordinated orbits overlap can cover Central Europe in its entirety.
The remaining 16 aircrafts are stationed on the Geilenkirchen German base, at 150 kilometers north of Luxembourg city.
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