FAUN TRACKWAY JOINS FORCES WITH GERMAN AIRPORT IN SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY
FAUN Trackway were recently asked to sponsor a local airport museum based at the former RAF Laarbruch base which is now a civilian commercial airport called Dusseldorf/Weeze. RAF Laarbruch began operations in 1954 however from January 1973 the airport became the base for 10 Field Squadron R.E brought in to support the Royal Air Force in Germany (RAFG).
The squadron had a strength of approximately 100 men and together carried out a number of assignments across all four German RAF bases. Notable assignments included; extending the ring road and constructing fuel bunds at RAF Wildenrath, and at RAF Bruggen, building a road from the U.S compound to the runway, constructing the Avtag tanker park and constructing fuel bunds. One assignment of notable importance was the laying of the Trackway® for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Koln in 1981. However, the 10 Field Squadron’s war time role was fast or ‘rapid’ runway repair and Harrier support.
FAUN Trackway’s Rapid Runway Repair (RRR) is an integral part of the Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) process which forms part of the strategic principle of ‘Survive to Operate’ developed by the UK Armed Forces. It is imperative that following an enemy attack flying operations can be resumed imminently. Rapid Runway Repair enables engineer forces to reconstruct essential areas of airfield efficiently and effectively for immediate use.
Bomb Damage Repair Mats (BDRM) is a fundamental part of the RRR. BDRM can be repurposed when not required and used as effective helicopter pads, aircraft hard standing, temporary taxiways and recovery area when aircraft have overshot runway.
Whilst ordinarily for RRR the Trackway of choice would be MLC (Military Load Classification) 70, because 10 Field Squadron focused on fast runway repair and Harrier support our PSA (Prefabricated Surfacing Aluminium) was the Trackway of choice to create temporary runways. Our plaque designed specifically for this exhibit details why it is the Trackway of choice for C130’s and Harriers.
In 1982 the Squadron moved to RAF Gutersloh shortly leaving in 1992 when the Squadron was disbanded and reformed in RAF Leeming in Yorkshire.
FAUN Trackway’s PSA panel formed an integral part of the airport operations in Germany and the museum exhibition hopes to give an insight into the life of the Squadron at work, rest and play during the 19 years they supported the RAF in Germany.
Click here to watch a short piece broadcasted on Forces TV detailing the motivation and plan for the new museum exhibition at Laarbruch. FAUN Trackway’s PSA panel and stake can be seen at 2 minutes and 50 seconds.