Göppingen: Army Air Field AAF

Goppingen, Cooke Barracks

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N484228 E0094124 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Elevation: 1252 ft
Location Indicator: DBGP (195x), EDIB (196x-199x)

Location

Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Germany during the Cold War

Location of airfield

The airfield was located between Göppingen and Eislingen, about 3 km east-northeast of Göppingen center.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe air base.

Situation

Göppingen Army Air Field AAF 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/)

During the Cold War

Usage

US Army airfield and helicopter base.

In the 1950s

Overview

Göppingen airfield on a US map from 1951 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

Additional information

Airfield Survey in 1953

In 1953, survey tours took place in Southern Germany to identify future air bases for the German Air Force. Old airfields were visited and assessed, if a field can be used, if technical facilities and housing are available und if an extension of the runway up to 2500 m or 3000 m is possible.
Göppingen was also inspected, but only from outside, as there was no permission from the US Army to enter. Result: Movement area 700 m x 1000 m (2296 ft x 3280 ft) with solid sod. Not extensible because adjacent terrain drops to all sides. Runway (700 m x 22 m, 2296 ft x 72 ft) and taxiways in good conditions. Installations and quarters in the north seems to be ok.

In the 1970s

Situation

Göppingen Army Air Field (AAF) on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

Runways

Data for the year 1971:
  • 07/25: 853 m x 20 m Asphalt

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Overview

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 07/25: 769 m x 21 m Asphalt

Telephone

DSN 425-3xxx, commercial 07161/618-xxx (1990)

Units

Data for the year 1990:
193rd Avn Co (7th USAR): 8 UH-1H; 3rd Bde/1st IDM: 2 UH-1H, 4 OH-58A

Today

Usage

Cooke Barracks closed at 28FEB1992 (Source: USAREUR). Today, the airfield is used as industrial area and golf course.

Images

Pictures from 2001

Gate
Airfield seen from the eastern starting platform
Main building
Old hangar
Hangar
Small Hangar
Tower

Links

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Allied map of the former Luftwaffe airfield

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