Ramstein (full name: Ramstein-Miesenbach) is a small town with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in the German district of Kaiserslautern, a part of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is home to the biggest American military base in Europe, the Ramstein Air Base.
Ramstein Air Base
The Air Base was built in 1951 and used a part of the motorway (Autobahn) Mannheim - Saarbrücken as an airstrip. It is home to the „435th Air Base Wing“ (ABW) and the „86th Airlift Wing“ (AW).
Since 1973, it hosts an annual air show. During the event in 1988, the second-deadliest air show accident occurred when aircrafts of the Italian Air Force display team collided during their display. Three pilots died and 67 spectators were killed.