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 RAPA, Bad Lippspringer

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PostSubject: RAPA, Bad Lippspringer   15/10/2010, 22:04

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Bad Lippspringer was also the home to RAPA, Rhine Army Parachute Association. It was accessed of Bielefelder strasse, so you didn’t drive through any barracks to get there. I did a basic free fall course there in about the mid 70’s. And while posted in Munster often went up there for the weekend. It was a great club, ill dig out some photos when I am next home. I am sure there must be others who jumped there and remember the place fondly


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PostSubject: Re: RAPA, Bad Lippspringer   18/12/2016, 20:46

The Parachute Centre Bad Lippspringe started life at the Detmold Airfield! Parachutists were loaded there, and flown down to the Sennelager Training to do their stuff; the aircraft landed either on the Windmill Strip (asphalt) or the old Luftwaffe grass strip adjoining the Lippspringe Sportsfield. Picked up survivors of the first jump of the day and carried dropping and landing until the monotony drove them all back to Detmold. Eventually Logistics, common-sense and the Rhine Army Parachute Association ( and Adventure Trg money) changed all that and the Joint Service Parachute Centre (Lippspringe) became established on the former Luftwaffe night fighter base.

Many years after the inception of the Para Centre the former Luftwaffe fuel storage tanks were found, underground, intact with viable fuel still stored.

A former member says access was via the Bielefelderstrasse without going through any Barracks - this is n't quite true! The Alte Bielefelder Post Strasse from Bad Lippsringe to Hoevelhof runs along the Eastern edge of the Field, and the flying ground, sportsfields and Golf Course are all inside the Sennelager Training Area. In the early 70s the ONLY access was from Bad Lippspringe (as it was for shooters going to the new ALMA Ranges). Eventually an access road was built from the rear of Normandy Barracks to Schlangen to access the ALMA Classification Ranges, Sports Fields and Golf Course, L Range and other new shooting facilities. The road was never designed for tanks and is the sole property of the military who can control usage.
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