Aalborg Air Base
Aalborg Air Base is a military base
Military base
A military base is a facility directly owned and operated by or for the military or one of its branches that shelters military equipment and personnel, and facilitates training and operations. In general, a military base provides accommodations for one or more units, but it may also be used as a...

 for the Danish Air Force . It is located near Aalborg
-Transport:On the north side of the Limfjord is Nørresundby, which is connected to Aalborg by a road bridge Limfjordsbroen, an iron railway bridge Jernbanebroen over Limfjorden, as well as a motorway tunnel running under the Limfjord Limfjordstunnelen....

, Denmark
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Aalborg Air Base shares its runway system as well as some services (Air Traffic Control etc) with Aalborg Lufthavn
Aalborg Airport
Aalborg Airport is a dual-use airport located in Nørresundby, Denmark, which is northwest of Aalborg. Aalborg Airport is the third largest airport in Denmark with approximately 1.4 million travellers per year.-Duty Free Shopping:...


Residing Royal Danish Air Force units are:
  • 721 Squadron
    Eskadrille 721
    Eskadrille 721 of the Royal Danish Air Force is the sole squadron in 'Air Transport Wing Aalborg' of the Danish Defence. It provides tactical transport for all parts of the Danish state.-History:...

     which is an air transport squadron equipped with Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules
    C-130 Hercules
    The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport...

     and CL-604 Challenger
    Bombardier Challenger 600
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It is also the base for Denmark's elite Jægerkorpset
The Jaeger Corps is the special forces unit of the Royal Danish Army stationed at Aalborg Air Base.-Insignia and status :Jægerkorpset wears the maroon beret with a brass emblem depicting a hunter's bugle on a black felt liner. The beret is issued after completion of an 16 week selection...

special forces unit.
Until their decommissioning on January 10, 2006, Aalborg Air Base was also home to:
  • 723 Squadron
  • 726 Squadron

These two squadrons were reconnaissance and fighter bomber squadrons equipped with Lockheed F-16MLU Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon
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The aircraft from there squadron were transferred to Skrydstrup Air Base instead.


When Germany
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 invaded Denmark April 9, 1940 the German Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It is also the official name for two of the four historic German air forces, the Wehrmacht air arm founded in 1935 and disbanded in 1946; and the current Bundeswehr air arm founded in 1956....

 (Air Force) launched one of the first airborne operations in history, in which paratrooper
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s captured the airport. Aalborg Lufthavn was considered a crucial element in the ferrying of troops and equipments from Germany to Norway
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 as it acted as a refuelling base for Luftwaffe transport planes, especially Junkers Ju 52/3m, during the campaign.

A well known air battle took place over the airport August 13, 1940 when a squadron of Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world...

 Bristol Blenheim
Bristol Blenheim
The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War. It was adapted as an interim long-range and night fighter, pending the availability of the Beaufighter...

 bombers attacked the German aircraft based there. All eleven attacking aircraft were shot down by either German anti-aircraft fire or Messerschmitt Bf 109
Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s...

 fighter aircraft.

The Luftwaffe greatly expanded the airport which they called Fliegerhorst Aalborg West. After the war, an internment camp for Baltic German refugees was set up at the location.
When the Royal Danish Air Force was created in 1950, it took over the Fliegerhorst.
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