geschwader 2

Marinefliegergeschwader 2 holds the record of being the longest serving active airwing within the german navy. Commissioning of the Marinefliegergruppe II was ordered a year after that of MflGrp. I, on 1st april 1958. The group was to operate from Nordholz near Cuxhaven, an airfield just under construction by then. This meant, the group would share the Jagel airbase alongside it's sistergroup.
The first fyling unit was the 1. Aufklaerungsstaffel, which was established on 1st september the same year. Initial task of the unit was the transition  of newly trained crews to their respective type of aircraft. A mixture comrising six Seahawk Mk.100, two Fairey Gannets and three Fouga Magisters was used for this role. By this time, 1. Aufklaerungsstaffel was still under command of Jagel based MflGrp. I.
In 1959 both airgroups were promoted to Geschwader (airwing) level and MflGrp. II was now designated Marinefliegergeschwader 2.
Seahawk Mk.101 in longrange configuration on final approach June 1961 saw the commissioning of the units first frontline squadron. It was the 2. Marinemehrzweckstaffel (comparable to fleet composite units - "VC" - in the US Navy) equipped with Seahawk jet-fighterbombers.
In october the same year, major restructions were ordered for the two airwings. The recce squadron (1./MFG 2), which was already under disciplinary command of MFG 1 was totally transferred to MFG 1.
As an exchange, MFG 2 received the subhunting squadron of MFG 1, utilizing the Fairey Gannet propeller aircraft. The squadrons days in Jagel were counted though, as the subhunting component of MFG 2 had to move to Westerland/Sylt. Jagel was just to small to accommodate three squadrons of Seahawks plus the Gannet squadron, and Nordholz still remained under construction.
Parade of MFG 2 at Nordholz

In 1963 Nordholz was finally completed and with the landing of the first Fouga Magister on 28th april the move MFG 2 from Jagel to Nordholz was officially completed. But - as was almost wingtradition in MFG 2 - the stay in Nordholz was only limited as well. The ASW-squadron was to  re-equip with the Breguet Atlantic long range patrol aircraft and form the core of the new established MFG 3.
The remaining parts of MFG 2 had to move to Eggebek, a former airforce airbase, which was abandoned by Aufklaerungsgeschwader 52 when moving to Leck.
On 27th november 1964 operational flights ended in Nordholz and MFG 2 handed over its Seahawks and Gannets to MFG 3. Only the liaison aircraft - Fouga Magister, Piaggio P.149D and Do-27 - were ferried to Eggebek.
Eggebek was put into service as a naval airbase by Viceadmiral Zenker on 12th march 1965. A week later, the wings first RF-104G Starfighter landed at Eggebeck.
Two years later, on 1st april 1967, MFG 2 again established a second squadron - 2./MFG 2. 1. squadron was equipped with RF-104G maritime reconaissance variants, while 2. squadron utilized the F-104G fighterbomber variant of the new german standard weaponssystem Starfighter.
F-104G Starfighter in fighter configuration carrying two AIM-9B Sidewinders  When sister wing MFG 1 began transitioning to the Tornado in 1981, MFG 2 was assigned a third squadron, comprising F-104G Starfighters and pilots from 2./MFG 1. This squadron only lasted a mere year, as 3./MFG 2 was re-incorporated into MFG 1 as early as 30th september 1982.
MFG 2 transfered to Tornado four years later in 1986. Highlight of the Starfighters end-of-an-era surely was the trans-atlantic trip of four of the wings Starfighters to North America. A ten day trip, were the Vikings display team cheered the crowds on several major airshows.

The first two Tornados of  MFG 2 landed at Eggebek on 11th september 1986, two months after all remaining F-104Gs were handed over to Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 1 (LVR 1) at Erding. Here in southern Germany pilots should keep up their combat-readiness until their tarnsition onto the Tornado. the last Starfighter flight was conducted on 26th may 1987. Tornado of MFG 2 rolling out of its hardend aircraft shelter The latest major change within MFG 2 took place in the end of 1993, when MFG 1 was disbanded. Again, a third squadron was established - this time comprising ten surplus Tornados of MFG 1 (which are among the oldest within the Bundeswehr). The squadron is tasked with training and europeanization of newly trained crews arriving from Holloman AFB/USA.


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