The former RAF Wildenrath is now much reduced in size. It is now an amalgamation with the nearby former RAF Bruggen, now Javelin Barracks/Elmpt Station. The domestic site is now predominantly military. It is a community housing estate for both the Joint Heaquarters for NATO, and Javelin Barracks/Elmpt Station. A very small part of the runway still exists, however, much of it is overgrown. Unlike other former RAF airbases in Germany (such as Airport Weeze, previously named Niederrhein), it was not turned into a civilian commercial airport. Of the technical site, virtually all but one of the bigger buildings are now knocked down. The station itself still has a NAAFI but more reduced in size; and now moved to where the YWCA had previously been. The Astra cinema was knocked down in late 2005. The community has a youth club, hair dresses, Pub/Club/Bar venue, Library. Until 2006, a YWCA Shop and Cafe existed; but this has now been removed as the YWCA has left the forces community.
The original airfield site and immediate environs are now used by Siemens AG under their Transportation and Automotive business arm (Siemens Mobility), as their railway testing centre; known as the "Wegberg-Wildenrath Test Center". By 2007, the railway test tracks have taken over considerable areas of the airfield. All but the western threshold and over-run of the runway has been obliterated, and the eastern runway threshold is now a Golf course, rather than the site of Bloodhound surface to air missiles. The north-east dispersal is completely taken over by sidings, workshops and shunting loops. Of the southern dispersals, the central and eastern are bisected by the main railway oval test track. As of January 2008, only the south western dispersal and Hardened Aircraft Shelters remain, but these have now since all been removed, with the surviving taxiways being used for recreational purposes by the local civilian residents.
Wildenrath is a MQ area with 2,3 and 4 bedroom houses. It's located between JHQ and Elmpt Station, and approximately 20 minutes drive from each. Although there is no public transport, there is an amenities bus service provided which runs frequently between the three locations from Monday to Friday.
Wildenrath has a wide selection of amenities located mainly in the community centre; a full list can be viewed at the what's on section of the site.
As well as the local crÃ¨che, there is the Andrew Humphrey ' s Primary School.
For children attending Secondary School there is a bus service to Windsor School , which is situated on JHQ.
WILDENRATH STATION â Short History
Royal Air Force Station Wildenrath was opened as an operational flying station in the early 1950's. Wildenrath was to become the home to the Harrier force for many years, when the Harries moved out the Phantoms Moved in.
The RAF Red Arrows last display in Germany was at RAF Wildenrath on 22 August 1988, this due to a change in regulations was to become the very last public flying display in Germany.
In 1992 RAF Wildenrath closed The base was then used for its quarters for Families living on RAF Bruggen. The Airfield was passed back to German ownership, at which time they built the high-speed train test track.
RAF Wildenrath then became a married quarter area for Elmpt Station.
MQs at Wildenrath all PUMA'd in the last 5 years to a really high standard.
The only problem you might encounter is a lack of some facilities on the estate (eg no Med Centre). There is, however, a school (Primary), NAAFI shop, MwSt office & families club (Thurs, Fri, Sat evenings & Sun afternoon IIRC). There's even an open air pool for use during the summer with lifeguards from 7 / 16 Sigs.
On the down side, you could find yourself quite limited unless you drive / own 2 cars as it is rather isolated. That said, there is a bus service going to JHQ / Elmpt on a daily basis.