The following sequence of photographs records the move of six B-47 aircraft from Ben Guerir AB, Morocco, where they had been on Reflex alert, to Nouasseur AB, Morocco, to join six other B-47's already on alert there.

The photographs in this exhibit show the B-47's on alert at Ben Guerir on 30 April 1963. This was the day before there aircraft were to redeploy to Nouasseur AB, 20 minutes flying time away, in a move taken to accelerate the phasedown of Ben Guerir.



Ben Guerir, Morocco
Location: 43 miles North of Marrakech
Date of Current Name:
Previous Names: Site Y-9
Date of Establishment: Jan 55
Date Construction Began: 11 Dec 51
Date of Beneficial Occupancy: Jan 55
Base Operating Units: 29 Dec 51 3926 ABSq
1 Oct 55 3926 ABG
1 Mar 59 - 1 Sep 63 3926 CSGp
Major Units Assigned: 24 Feb 60 842 AC&W Sq
Disposition: Base returned 2 Dec 63
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Ben Guerir was opened as the 3d Moroccan SAC Bomber base in Jan 55. It had a

14,000ft runway, one of USAFE's longest. SAC REFLUX flights began in Feb 58 and

ended May 63.

The base was returned to Morocco on 2 Dec 63. Today it is a Moroccan Air Force Base.

The 86 Airlift Wing 's 37 Airlift Squadron provided airlift support for a joint training exercise with the Moroccan military at Ben Guerir Air Base in 1997.

Ben Guerir is one of the Space Shuttle's emergency landing sites.

Provost Marhsal Activities Report


 

Provost Marhsal Activities Report Detailed


 

Photos From Deborah

Hi there,
First let me say how much I enjoyed looking at the photos. My dad was stationed at Ben Guerir from 1962 to June 1963. We lived next door to Captain Frank Spencer, and my dad was also a captain at the time----John S. Mapa. My dad was in a tenet organization on the base---Communications, and was the Commander of his own squadron. I was 4 yrs. old when we moved there. My sister was 9 and so was Captain Spencer's daughter. We are still in close contact with the Spencer family and love sharing with each other when we find things about Morocco and especially anything having to do with Ben Guerir. My dad took lots of slides of our outings off base, and has some of the base itself ---the chapel, the schools, and of our housing. I have forwarded them the link to your website. I am always looking to find new pictures to help me remember what it looked like. We have so many great memories of life in Morocco and the base there. I just wish there were more pictures!!!  Sadly, my dad passed away in April of 2009. He was 93. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 or '67 as a Major at Hamilton AFB in Marin, CA.
I've enclosed a few pics. The first is my dad, the pilot of this bomber. He was based in Cerignola, Italy in the 456th Bomb Group. He is in the back row---second from the left.
I'm not sure if the second picture is in Morocco or not.
The third picture is our family in Marrakech. We used to go on Sundays with our fatima, Majuba.
So glad I stumbled upon your website!
thank you,
Debbie 


 

Photos From Deborah


 

John S. Mapa On A Camel - Photos From Deborah


 

Ben Guerir Operations Plan 300-59 War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Ben Guerir War Plans


 

Royal Moroccan Air Force receives F 16s

The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) unveiled the first four of 24 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft in a ceremony today at Ben Guerrir Air Base in Morocco. Senior representatives from the Moroccan and U.S. governments and air forces were present for the historic event. This is Morocco's first experience with the F-16 so the package being provided by the U.S. government is comprehensive. Morocco will acquire a Block 52 configuration of the F-16C/D aircraft tailored to meet the specific requirements of the RMAF. The sale includes the aircraft, mission equipment and a support package provided by Lockheed Martin and other U.S. and international contractors. The new aircraft will supplement the RMAF's existing fleet of fighter aircraft and will contribute to the upgrade and modernization of the RMAF. "The delivery of these aircraft places Morocco among the very elite group of air forces of the world who operate the advanced multirole F-16," said Ralph D. Heath, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics business area.


 

French Air Force pilot training Marrakesh, Morocco. Student pilots North American T-6 aircraft


 

Welcome to Ben Guerir Air Base


 

3926 K-9 Section Kennels

Photos from dan natate 3926th cds k-9,hander and kennel master 1961-1962, 15 mo in French morocco


 

Life in the AP Barracks on base


 

Barracks room


 

Swimming pool on base


 

Swimming pool again


 

Sentry dog Harold earning his keep


 

Marrakesh bus


 

Marrakesh traditional dress


 

When the lights when out at the POL area on base and the copper wire went missing it ended up here


 

Building in town


 

The local law


 

Street scene


 

Street scene


 

More city trans


 

Sidewalk cafe


 

Dog Harold on the attack. Ben AB and Marrakesh.


 

Don Natale stationed at Ben Guerir AB 1961-62

Neat website you have there.  You were requesting some K-9 photos I am sending two if you can use them they are yours.  Sorry for the poor quality.

My Name is Don Natale I was stationed at Ben Guerir AB 1961-62. The picture was of my dog Arko and myself.  I was an airman third class at the time.  

I will go through some old photos soon and will be happy to scan some if you can use them.


 

Don Natale stationed at Ben Guerir AB 1961-62


 

Marrakech, Morocco Holiday Video

 

Published on Dec 20, 2012 Video of Marrakech, Morocco where Sammy and I have just spent 5 days in December 2012. What a fantastic, vibrant, hectic, relaxing, warm, cultural, sensual, charming, colourful, exotic, wondrous and exciting place. Full of souks and great shopping. Definitely worth a visit. There are great restaurants, massage, camel rides and treks on there if you're thinking of going.


 

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