Combat Wing 1 Tornado RECCE 45+20 Norm 95

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High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'') with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All text in german language! DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, but will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping.

German Luftwaffe Combat Wing 1 (EinsG 1 Lw)
The German Luftwaffe Combat Wing 1 was mainly formed from parts of Fighterbomber Wing 32 from Lechfeld and Recce Wing 51 "Immelmann" from Jagel/Schleswig. The order was given from the German Parliament with decission from June 30 1995. CW-1 was stationed at the Italian Airforce base Piacenca. Up to 14 RECCE and ECR TORNADO were provided to the wing to support the UN peace mission in the former Yugoslavia. The first operational mission took off from Piacenza August 7 1995. German TORNADO ECR accompanied american fighter jets into the airspace above Sarajewo and had the task to protect the allies against radar guided airdefense missiles. From 1995 until 1999 the ECR and RECCE Tornados supported the NATO rapid reaction ground forces and the UN missions UNPROFOR, IFOR and SFOR. The first Luftwaffe active war-type combat mission after WW II started in the evening of March 24 1999 with the beginning of operation ALLIED FORCE in the escalating Kosovo conflikt. On base of the decission of the german parliament dated October 16 1998 Combat Wing 1 flew 66 RECCE missions and 438 ECR SEAD (suppression of enemy air defense) missions. With this it provided important reconnaissance information and protection for the allied airplanes. After 79 days the operation ended June 10 1999. Until the decommissioning of CW-1 in August 2001 overall 2559 operational ECR missions and 4715 RECCE mission with more than 13000 recce targets were flown. There were no own losses during the whole mission.

The RECCE (reconnaissance) TORNADO is based on the fighterbomber (IDS) version of the TORNADO and forms with other platforms the spearhead of Luftwaffe's intervention forces for crisis. In all operations so far where the german Luftwaffe was involved - from Bosnia up to Afghanistan - the RECCE TORNADO proved in an impressive manner its capabilities. In the so called RECCE POD which is hanging under the fuselage he carries the most modern optical and infrared sensors and cameras which offer the capability to provide fast and precisely high resolution pictures by day and by night, in low-level and high-level flight. These pictures are an important base for successful higher level military plannings.

TAR - Tactical Air Reconnaissance
After the deletion without replacement of the american RF-4C the RECCE version of the Phantom II the german tactical reconnaissance got a special importance whithin NATO. Only the german Luftwaffe with its powerful RECCE POD was still capable to conduct TAR in the fast and flexible way everybody was used to for a long time. TAR is in general conducted by order of a "ground commander". The results directly go into the tactical plannings of the commanders.