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More: Germany, October 10, 2005
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After 60 years, on this day the US Air Force returned their land to FRAPORT in a big ceremony. This is the last regular C-17, receiving a water cannon salute. Parked at the military apron are all USAF aircraft which recently flew into FRA: Hercules, Starlifter, Galaxy, KC10, B707, and Globemaster. The Lufthansa 747 is the first German airliner to be parked on the military apron. Farewell US Troops, you made that airport special. C-17 captains words: "Thanks for 60 years of very good work, Globemaster C-17 is now out."
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A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri October 18, 2013:
Do I spy an SAS McDonnell-Douglas jet at top right of the airfield? Funny that that Il-76 is present btw... why actually? Simply for cargo would be ironic with so much American heavy metal present, then apparantly still not enough. But surely not so that the pilot can phone the Kremlin in the evening "Yes sir, thanks to our spying presence we can confirm, they have really left." :P

A visitor from - posted Fri June 18, 2010:
I am surprised to see a starlifter was still airworthy. thought they were out of commision...

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri December 25, 2009:
Don't forgot the IL-76!

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 4, 2007:
Great photo! My dad worked at Rhein-Main at the base headquarters for a year and a half up until a week before the closing ceremony. Our old house in Gateway Gardens on the north side of the airport has already been demolished. It's a shame that such a historic base closed its doors. In ten years most of the base will be gone, I hope Fraport keeps the Luftbrucke monument where it is overlooking the A5.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon April 16, 2007:
Such a shame, I left Rhein-Main only the weekend before. Within 15 years, little will remain of this historic base.

A visitor from Thailand posted Thu November 3, 2005:
At right moment

A visitor from Australia posted Fri October 21, 2005:
Great photo! Hear FRA was building a new Terminal, I didn't realise at first they were using the military apron, though. Big shame, but I think FRA really needs the expansion

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 21, 2005:
Very nice.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri October 21, 2005:
This is a beautifuul pic!!!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 21, 2005:
It's sad the USAF is leaving Rhien-Main, but life goes on... Excellent photo!

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 21, 2005:
Great picture

A visitor from United States posted Thu October 20, 2005:
Very cool. Our troops really deserve it.

A visitor from Germany posted Thu October 20, 2005:
Very nice shot! Great overview!
Too bad USAF is leaving... The airbase was truly unique...
But anyway, FRA needs a new terminal...

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