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Ramstein is a town in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, known for being the home of Ramstein Air Base, a United States military airfield. In the Ramstein airshow disaster of 1988, 70 people died at this airbase after an Aermacchi 339 trainer aircraft of the Italian aerobatic team the Frecce Tricolori collided with the tail of another similar aircraft and careered onwards into spectators during an airshow. It has been reported that the pressure setting on the aircraft had been incorrectly input so that the altimeter gave an inaccurate reading to the pilot flying towards the crowd-line.

The metal rock band Rammstein is said to be named after the airbase.