Böblingen: Suttgart-Böblingen airport, air base


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Coordinates: N484125 E0085945 (WGS84) Google Maps


Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Map with location of Stuttgart-Böblingen airport
Germany during the Cold War


The Böblingen airfield was initially built in 1915 as a military airfield. In the 1920s and 1930s, it served as the airport for Stuttgart, until this function was taken over by Stuttgart-Echterdingen. Then Böblingen was used by the Luftwaffe as an air base until 1945.
At the end of World War II, the field was occupied by US troops. Later a maintenance facility for US trucks was set up. This facility also included a helicopter landing field. The barracks belonging to the former air base were taken over by the Bundeswehr.
In the early 1990s, the US Army withdrew. A few years later, the buildings of the old airport were renovated and the multi-purpose area "Flugfeld" was built on the site. The Bundeswehr barracks were taken over by the police.

German Empire: Air base 1915 until 1918


Aerial image of Böblingen and Sindelfingen airfield 1917
Aerial image from 28 August 1917 - The airfield is marked in the south. In the north on Sindelfingen's territory, there was the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) aircraft factory, which limits cannot be clearly determined. Apparently there was no direct connection between the maneuvering areas, because there are waters between the airfield and the aircraft factory /LABW 1-841405-1/
Böblingen airfield map 1918
Airfield map from 1918? - /LABW 1-840843-1/
Map of Böblingen airfield
Enlargement northeastern part - The hangar numbers shown here differ from those shown in the photos /LABW 1-840843-1/
Aerial picture Böblingen airfield and railway station
Enlargement southern part near the train station - The railway connection is marked with a dashed line, for which the two building parts had to be demolished, through which it passes /LABW 1-840843-1/
Aerial view of Böblingen and Sindelfingen airfield
Aerial picture from 21 August 1918 looking northeast - Bottom right is the Böblingen train station, in the upper left the hall of the aircraft factory in Sindelfingen /LABW 1-840838-1/


Pictures from the airfield

Aircraft at Böblingen airfield
Planes - /LABW 1-840787-1/
Aircraft Albatros D V at Böblingen
Enlargement: In the foreground possibly an Albatros D V aircraft - /LABW 1-840787-1/
Böblingen airfield with hangars
In the northeast corner - /LABW 1-840788-1/
Field railway in Böblingen
Enlargement: Field railway - /LABW 1-840788-1/
Aerial picture of Böblingen airfield 1918
Aerial picture from 30 January 1918 - /LABW 1-840800-1/
Aerial image with buildings and aircraft
Enlargement 30 Januar 1918 - Two hangars are still under construction. The red marked building parts will be demolished a little later for the railway connection /LABW 1-840800-1 /
Aerial picture of Böblingen railway station and military airfield
Aerial picture from 05 April 1918 - /LABW 1-840809-1/
Railway station and gate to the military airfield
Enlargement 05 April 1918 - Böblingen train station and entrance to the airfield. The hangars are finished. Two freight cars testify that the railway connection is now passable, the building parts have been demolished /LABW 1-840809-1/
Buildings at the airfield
Aerial picture from 26 September 1918 - Buildings in the southern part /LABW 1-840842-1/

Pictures from the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) aircraft factory in Sindelfingen

Aerial picture of Sindelfingen aircraft factory 1918
Aerial picture from 28 May 1918 - At the top left is the Daimler engine factory. On the right side of the hall is the Sindelfingen railway station /LABW 1-843342-1/
Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) aircraft factory Sindelfingen
Enlargement: Aircraft in front of the hall - /LABW 1-843342-1/
Incomplete aircraft Sindelfingen
Enlargement: Incomplete aircraft - There are field railroad tracks in the area /LABW 1-843342-1/
Sindelfingen aircraft factory with building
Sindelfingen aircraft factory on 21 August 1918. - Meanwhile, a building has been erected in front of the hall /LABW 1-840838-1/

1920s and 1930s: State airport Stuttgart-Böblingen


From the mid-1920s to the late 1930s, the field was used as "Stuttgart-Böblingen Regional Airport". After the civil aviation moved to the newly built Echterdingen Airport, Böblingen was exclusively used as an air base until 1945.


Map Böblingen airfield 1928
Airfield map from 1928 - /FHB 1928/
Aerial picture Stuttgart-Böblingen airport 1934
Aerial picture from 1934 - The displayed "S" can be seen on the left edge.

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Good sod, shortest rolling distance 1000 m in direction southeast.
In the middle of the movement area smoke oven and "S" with ring of 8 cement segments spread evenly on a circle of 350 m radius from the center S. Landing sign is always displayed. Movement area boundary marked by red-white coated panels.
/FHB 1928/


Permanent night lighting not available. On request at aviation police station Böblingen, landing lights (torches). Land between two green to a red torch.
/FHB 1928/

Radio communication

Call sign "aet". 1 transmitter for radio communication with airplanes. 1 direction finder (under construction).
/FHB 1928/


1 aircraft hangar 60 x 30 m,
1 aircraft hangar 66 x 22 m.
The halls have lifting devices with a load capacity of 0.5 and 1.0 t.


Contain all machines and tools necessary to repair metal and wood aircraft. Electricity: 220 or 440 V three-phase current. 16 kW charging device. Spare parts for all aircraft and engine models of the Deutsche Luft Hansa in stock.

Fuel equipment

For 78000 and 92000 liters of petrol and benzene. Mixers, taps and tankers available.

Railway siding

Front and side ramp available.

First aid in the case of accidents

Medical room with healing assistant available. Nearest doctor in Böblingen (1/2 km distance).

Customs, post office, passport:

Customs office and postal service with telephone and telephone telegram transmission available. Passport inspection by police watch.

Accommodation of passengers

In the airport hotel.


Shuttle service at times of scheduled departures and landings. Taxi cabs can be ordered in the airport hotel.
/FHB 1928/


Airport 1934 with control tower
Hangars 1934

During World War II: Air Base


After the move of the passenger traffic to Echterdingen, the field was used by the Luftwaffe as an air base.


Map with Böblingen air base 1944
Böblingen Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1944 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)
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