The Luftwaffe’s Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 (TaktLwG 33, Tactical Air Force Wing 33) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has applied a special scheme on Tornado 46+02 to mark the occasion.
Located at Büchel air base on the edge of the Eifel, this facility has been home to the wing since July 1, 1958, in which time it has operated the F-84F, F-104G and now the Tornado IDS.
Today, TaktLwG 33 is the largest Tornado operator in the Luftwaffe and its roles include air interdiction, offensive counter-air and close air support.
Originally founded at Fürstenfeldbruck in 1956 as Waffenschule 30 (Weapons School), this unit relocated to Büchel in 1957. On July 1 the following year, the unit was renamed as Jagdbombergeschwader 33 (Fighter-Bomber Wing 33). It retained this title until the latest Luftwaffe reorganisation came into force on October 1, 2013.
The wing has been commanded by Oberstleutnant Thomas Schneider since July this year.