Starting in 1953, East Germany received An-2 , La-9 , Yak-11 , and Yak-18 aircraft and the MiG-15bis/UTI 、MiG-17F/PF、Lim-5P、An-14A、Il-14P、Mi-9、MiG-19PM/S、Il-28、Mi-4A、Ka-26 in 1956 which were provided by the Soviet Union . The first MiG-21s were delivered in 1962. The 1970s saw the introduction of the MiG-23 , while Su-22 fighter-bombers were delivered in the 1980s. The latest addition was the MiG-29 in 1988. The inventory also included Soviet-built helicopters along with trainers and other light aircraft manufactured in Czechoslovakia .
As a complete training environment, Army weapons associated with ranges on Camp Beale included Light, Medium, and Heavy tanks, Self Propelled anti-tank guns, 37mm anti-aircraft guns, 105mm howitzers and 81mm and mortars. As of 1943, the facilities under control of the range office, a detail of 20 men, included artillery and mortar ranges, Tommy-gun with pop-up targets, landscape and miniature anti-aircraft ranges, moving targets for machine guns and carbines, rifle ranges, anti-tank ranges, and an artillery range with a moving target. Three-fourths of the area comprising Camp Beale was under the jurisdiction of the range office. Although bivouac areas were utilized at Camp Beale for field training exercises they were generally temporary encampments with little or no shelter that were created. In the field during training exercises, bivouacs were used for temporary shelter until permanent structures could be built.
Two aircraft immediately command attention as they sit in front of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. The first aircraft, an F-4C Phantom, was originally designed for use on board Navy aircraft carriers. In 1962 the Air Force adopted a ground attack version of the F-4, which was used extensively in Vietnam. This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The second aircraft, a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17A, was introduced in 1951 and was used by North Vietnam and in many of the African and Middle-Eastern conflicts of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. They were originally built as a subsonic, fighter-bomber designed to intercept straight and level enemy bombers. Once the . introduced supersonic bombers, the MiG-17A was rendered obsolete on the front lines. This Russian built MiG-17A bears the distinctive insignia and camouflage pattern of the North Vietnamese Air Force. This aircraft is owned by the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.