German Navy Patch Marinefliegergeschwader MFG 2 F 104 Squadron 1
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German Navy Patch Marinefliegergeschwader MFG 2 F 104 Squadron 1

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German Navy Patch Marinefliegergruppe MFG 2 Squadron 1 RF 104 Starfighter 1970s Eggebeck Naval Air Station woven overlocked edge white fabric back 92mm three and five eight inches diameter.

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2 Marinefliegergruppe MFG 2 Naval Air Group was activated on 1 April 1958 at Holtenau Air Base  as a multipurpose group with an antisubmarine warfare squadron a transport and supply squadron and a flight operations squadron and was responsible for the North Sea area. MFG 1 was also activated as a multipurpose group at RAF Schleswigland to provide cover for the Baltic Sea area. On 1 May 1958 the Royal Air Force handed RAF Schleswigland back to the German Government to become Schleswig Jagel Air Base and MFG 2 relocated to Jagel on 1 September 1958 with the reconnaissance element 2 Squadron with Sea Hawks establishing for training first and group becoming operational on 30 September 1958 with an additional two Gannet and three Magister aircraft.

MFGR 2 moved to Schleswig Lake Air Base in 1959 as Jagel had become too congested but the newly formed 1 Reconnaissance Squadron MFGR 2 returned to Jagel. On 1 August 1960 MFGR 2 was renamed Marinefliegergeschwader 2 MFG 2 Naval Air Wing 2.

In October 1961 MFG 1s antisubmarine warfare role and their sixteen Gannet aircraft were allocated to MFG 2 while MFG 2s Reconnaissance Squadron with its eighteen Sea Hawks were transferred to MFG 1. With Schleswig Jagel becoming too congested again MFG 2 relocated to Sylt Air Base in 1962 before moving on to Nordholz Air Base on 28 April 1963. With the runway at Nordholz to short for the RF 104 Starfighters due to be received by MFG 2 the Squadron relocated to Eggebeck Air Base where MFG 2 took possession of its first RF 104 Reconnaissance Starfighter aircraft in March 1964.

In the late 1970 the German Navy decided to establish a two ship flight demonstration team to display the its primary weapon system the F 104G Starfighter and its outstanding abilities. MFG 1 were the first to display at air shows with the MFG 2 Team following providing stunning displays at home and abroad. The F 104 Starfighter Naval air demonstrations came to a sudden end when an MFG 1 F 104 crashed on approach to RNAS Yeovilton on 3 August 1979.

It was four years before a new F 104 Starfighter duo was established displaying for the first time at the Eggebeck 1983 Air Show. As MFG 1 was already converting to Tornado aircraft MFG 2 created the Vikings F 104 Display Team. Between the Vikings maiden show on 14 August 1983 and the final display at Neuburg Donau on 27 September 1986 some 6 million spectators were able to enjoy more than 60 displays worldwide.

MFG 2 reequipped with Tornado fighter bombers in 1986 and as the runway at Eggebeck had to be renewed MFG 2 moved to Jagel before returning again to Eggebeck. With the end of the Cold War and subsequent military reductions MFG 1 was inactivated on 21 December 1993 and its Tornados integrated into MFG 2. Subsequently the Navy decided to decommission its fighter bombers and in June 2005 the last MFG 2 Tornado left Eggebeck and MFG 2 was inactivated on 9 August 2005.

 

This patch dates from the 1970s

 

 

 

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