Büchel Air Base is a military air base of the Luftwaffe in Büchel (Germany), near the city of Cochem and at about 70 km from Spangdahlem Air Base. It is home to the Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 (Tactical Air Force Wing 33; abbreviated as: TaktLwG 33) (formerly Jagdbombergeschwader 33 or Fighter Bomber Wing 33) of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the 702 Munitions Support Squadron (702 MUNSS) of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was formerly the home of the 7501 MUNSS.[1]

Büchel Air Base

Fliegerhorst Büchel
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A German Fiat G-91R/3 "Gina" (Luftwaffe serial 99+03) used by the Luftwaffe's Tactical Air Force Wing 33 (TaktLwG 33) at Buechel Air Base (state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Federal Republic of Germany) as a stationary training object for the wing's maintenance group.
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorGerman Air Force
Elevation AMSL1,568 ft / 478 m
Coordinates50°10′35″N 007°03′28″E / 50.17639°N 7.05778°E / 50.17639; 7.05778Coordinates: 50°10′35″N 007°03′28″E / 50.17639°N 7.05778°E / 50.17639; 7.05778
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 8,225 2,507 Asphalt

The TaktLwG 33 has been operating German Panavia Tornado airplanes since 1985, which are capable of delivering the twenty B61 nuclear bombs, which are stored and maintained by the 702 MUNSS of the USAF. Under the NATO nuclear sharing arrangement, these twenty B61 bombs require a dual key system, with the simultaneous authorizations of Germany and the United States, before any action is taken. The air base has been the only location in Germany with nuclear weapons since 2007.[2]

Büchel Air Base

According to the press, Eastern European Member States of NATO have resisted the withdrawal of the shared nuclear bombs from Europe, fearing it would show a weakening of the US commitment to defend Europe against Russia.[3]

Demonstration for Gen Roger Brady, USAF, then-Commander of USAFE, of the disarming procedure of a B61 nuclear bomb on a “dummy” weapon shape in an underground Weapons Security and Storage System (WS3) vault at Volkel Air Base. These B61 nuclear weapons are shared by the United States and Germany.


  1. ^ "7501st MUNSS, Buchel Germany". www.facebook.com.
  2. ^ Gebauer, Matthias; Goetz, John (9 July 2007). "Atomwaffen in Deutschland: USA haben Nuklear-Arsenal in Ramstein geräumt" – via Spiegel Online.
  3. ^ Borger, Julian (21 April 2013). "Obama accused of nuclear U-turn as guided weapons plan emerges". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2013.

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