Helicopter Transport Wing 64 was founded in 1966. When the wing was disbanded in April 1994, personnel and equipment were absorbed by the other air transport wings of the German Air Force. As Helicopter Wing 64 it was re-established on 1 October 2010 when the helicopters previously assigned to Air Transport Wing 62 and Air Transport Wing 63 formed a new unit.
In 2011, the German armed forces went through a series of structural changes. Because of insufficient funding, the air forces NH90s were concentrated in the army and the air force implemented the former army CH-53. The helicopter wing staff was transferred from Holzdorf to Laupheim.
The wing consists of three flying squadrons on CH-53s and one flying squadron on H145M. The 1st and the 2nd CH-53 squadron are at Laupheim and the 3rd squadron CH-53 is located in Holzdorf. The main task of the 3rd squadron is to do the training missions. They are educating the young pilots when they transfer from basic helicopter training on the EC-135 to the CH-53.
Helicopter Wing 64 is the largest flying wing within the German Armed Forces. Sizewise, it is close to 2,5 Eurofighter wings. The different locations are not easy for wing commander LtCol Christian Mayer. “The distance between Laupheim and Holzdorf is approximately 550km’s. The wing is planning to have an extra location, which will be Diepholz, lower saxony in 2019.”