By Senior Airman Eydie Sakura, 52nd Public Affairs Office
/ Published February 08, 2007
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY --
People drive by the air park daily, but few stop to look and admire the aircraft that sit atop concrete pedestals and learn the history that swarms around these metal works of art.
The air park, located near the security forces building on Perimeter Road, was opened September 1997. Its purpose was to let base personnel reflect on the history, honor and the missions of past Saber team members.
"It was an all-volunteer effort to refurbish the aircraft that are displayed," said Master Sgt. Rick Carrillo, 52nd Maintenance Group readiness NCO and air park custodian. "The Aircraft are actually property of the Air Force museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio."
Sergeant Carrillo, his staff of volunteers and the fire department, wash the jets twice a year. He said the biggest concern is that most of the dirt and grime is on top of the aircraft and it is difficult to reach that area for safety reasons.
"We cannot wash during the months of April through August either, because of bird migration," Sergeant Carrillo said. "Birds usually nest in the aircraft, and we cannot use solvents due to environmental issues as well."
History of the jets:
* F-16 on display is actually aircraft 78-0057 but painted and marked to depict aircraft 85-1552, assigned to the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base during 1990;
* A-10/OA-10 tail number 77-0264 this aircraft retired from the 10th Tactical Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom;
* F-15A tail number 74-0085 retired from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing at Bitburg Air Base after gaining the aircraft in 1989 as a maintenance trainer;
* F-4E tail number 66-308 retired from the 52nd TFW at Spangdahlem AB; and
* F-105G tail number 62-4446 retired from the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, George Air Force Base, Calif.