When the Royal Air Force handed over Wahn Airport to the German authorities on Thursday, July 18, the official ceremony was run on strictly interservice lines between the RAF and new Luftwaffe.
SV VICE-MARSHAL HOGAN, DR. SCHILLER ETC. WALK TOWARDS CAMERA TO DIAS
CU R.A.F. FLAGS FLYING
SV VICE MARSHAL HOGAN INSPECTS THE R.A.F. WHO ARE STANDING AT ATTENTION
CU R.A.F. OFFICER, CAMERA PANS DOWN TO SHOW MEDALS ON TUNIC
SV MEN OF THE LUFFWAFFE STANDING TO ATTENTION
CU R.A.F. FLAG, CAMERA PANS DOWN TO SHOW HOGAN ON DIAS
GV GEN. POLTHER AND DR. SCHILLER STANDING BESIDE IT
SV LUFFWAFFE LISTENING TO SPEECH
CU LUFFWAFFE LISTENING TO SPEECH
SV R.A.F. LISTENING TO SPEECH
CU R.A.F. DITTO
CU R.A.F. FLAG CAMERA PANS DOWN AND HAULING DOWN BEGINS AND IS COMPLETED
SLV GERMAN FLAG IS HAULED UP
SV VICE MARSHAL HOGAN LISTING, DR. SCHILLER WITHOUT HAT AND MAJOR GEN. PLOCHER SALUTING
SV GERMAN FLAG FLYING CAMERA PANS DOWN TO SHOW ABOVE PEOPLE FROM REAR ANGLE
SV LINE OF R.A.F.
SV LINE OF LUFFWAFFE SALUTE
SV BACK VIEW OF HOGAN AT SALUTE, R.A.F. MARCHING PAST
CU R.A.F. MARCHING
CU HOGAN AT SALUTE
SV LUFFWAFFE MARCHING
CU GERMAN FLAG
SV VICE MARSHAL HOGAN AND MAJ. GEN. PLOCHER SHAKE HANDS
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Background: When the Royal Air Force handed over Wahn Airport to the German authorities on Thursday, July 18, the official ceremony was run on strictly interservice lines between the RAF and new Luftwaffe.
But the development of the airport will be handled jointly by the Luftwaffe and Lufthansa - the German civil airline company.
At Thursday's take-over parade, Major General Plocher, chief of staff of the German Air Force, accepted all military installations, while Dr. Schiller, representing the Federal Ministry of Transport, accepted the runways and civil buildings.
The airfield will now be used as a civil airport, although a unit of the German Air Force will also be stationed there.
Steel-helmeted German airmen and men of the RAF paraded to see Air Vice-Marshal Hogan hand control of the airfield to the German authorities, and to see the RAF standard give way to the Federal German Flag on the station flagstaff.
British Meteor jet aircraft were still standing on the airfield during the ceremony.