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American AF Base In Botswana?  
User currently offlineBHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1090 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10907 times:

Hi guys..
Just a quick thought..
I saw this photo in the database and I never knew..(maybe I was a little naive) but I never knew that the Americans had an AF base in Botswana..
Why is this ? and what acft are based their ?? also how many other countries do the US have AF bases in ??
I know they have bases in Germany , the UK , Indian Ocean etc.. but Botswana ?? That just seemed a little strange.. maybe theres a blatent obvious reason but if anyone can kindly enlighten me Id be most appreciative !!

Joe


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User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10806 times:

It shows up on Google Earth and is where the Botswanans base their CF-5 aircraft.

Here's a link to the Google Earth forum on this place.

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/575293/Main/81269

Ray


User currently offlineMigfan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10768 times:

I would guess that it is a staging area to refuel and rest aircrews.

/M


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10756 times:

Botswana is actually a good friend to the US. It is one of the most stable countries in Africa and has been visited by several US presidents.

I had a an Officer from the Botswana Air Force in my SOS class at Maxwell. Great guy who often spoke of interaction with the USAF. C-130s and such mainly. I hope to hop down there in the next few years for a visit.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Thank God for Dutch girls


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24814 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10639 times:

You guys would be surprised at what facilities around the globe have regular contingents US forces there.

Just from last weeks news, who would have believed pre 9/11, the USAF would operate a large air base in former USSR territory - Kyrgyzstan.

Similarly, the US has forces in other more obscure regions such as the horn of Africa, and recently spread out amongst the new democracies of Eastern Europe.



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