Air Force Removes First of Cruise Missiles from West Germany
HAHN AIR BASE, West Ger (AP) _ The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday pulled out the first of 64 cruise nuclear rockets to be removed from West Germany by May 1991 under a U.S.-Soviet treaty.
The first eight missiles, based with the other 56 at the Wueschheim missile site seven miles north of Hahn Air Base, were packed in special containers and then loaded aboard a giant C-5 transport jet for shipment to the United States.
Air Force spokesman Capt. Eric Schnaible, briefing reporters Wednesday, said the eight missiles would be returned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at Tucson, Ariz., for destruction.
The missiles were maintained by the Air Force’s 38th Tactical Missile Wing at Wueschheim.
Another eight missiles will be shipped to the United States on Friday, U.S. Air Force Col. Richard A. Myers said.
Myers, commander of Wueschheim Air Station about 80 miles west of Frankfurt, said all the cruise missiles will be out of West Germany by the end of May 1991.
The missile site was a frequent target of anti-nuclear demonstrations before the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty was signed by President Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in December 1987.
The INF treaty bans all U.S. and Soviet ground-launched nuclear missiles with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles.