Heilbronn: Army Airfield AAF

Fort Camp Redleg, Waldheide

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The history of Cold War airfields: Heilbronn Waldheide Army Airfield
by Bert Kondruss
Coordinates: N490748 E0091624 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 1054 ft
Location Indicator: EDIF

Location

Germany during the Cold War
Map

General

The Waldheide near Heilbronn was initially a parade ground, which was also used as an emergency landing site in the 1920s. After World War II, a US Army airfield was built on the site. In later years, the Waldheide was used as a base for Pershing I and Pershing II missiles. In the 1980s, the airfield had been reduced to a helicopter land area. At the beginning of the 1990s the US troops left the field and the Waldheide was rewilded.

Location of airfield

4 km east of Heilbronn city center.

During World War II

Usage

Emergency landing field

During the Cold War

Usage

US Army airfield, later only heliport for the Pershing missile site at this location

Overview

Map of Heilbronn Waldheide Army airfield and heliport
In 1981, the former Army Airfield is only a heliport (AHP = Army Heliport)

Runways

Data for the year 1971:
  • 18/36: 671 m x 23 m

Today

Usage

Closed. Installation completely removed, except for a hangar and small memorial for the victims of the Pershing missile incident in 1985.

Images

Pictures from 2017

Southern Part

Southern entrance to the Waldheide in Heilbronn Germany
There are two information panels at the southern entrance to the Waldheide.
Path in the southern part of the Waldheide Heilbronn
Path in the southern part
Southern part of Waldheide
Southern part
Waldheide Heilbronn Germany: Relics of concrete
Relics of concrete
Heibronn: Relics at the Waldheide
Relics

Old aircraft hangar

There is an old aircraft hangar at the western edge of the field. Today it is used for agriculture.
Former aircraft hangar at Heilbronn Waldheide.
View from the east
Aircraft hangar at Waldheide Heilbronn
View from the east
Western part of the aircraft hangar
Western part of the building
Hangar gate
Gate
"No smoking" at the gate
Inside view of the aircraft hangar at Heilbronn Waldheide in Germany
Inside view
"No smoking"
Rear view
Rear view

Memorial

On 11 January 1985, a Pershing II missile cought fire at the Waldheide. Three soldiers were killed. Today a small memorial bears witness of this event.
Memorial at Heilbronn Waldheide
The memorial
Heilbronn Waldheide memorial and flag pole
Memorial and flag pole
Memorial
Memorial

Hydrant

North of the hangar is still this hydrant.
Hydrant
Hydrant on Waldheide, Heilbronn, Germany
Hydrant
Hydrant
Hydrant
Hydrant

Northern part

Also the northern part has been completely rewilded.
Look to the northern limit
Look to the northern limit
Looking back to the south
Looking back to the south
Sheeps on the Heilbronn Waldheide, Germany
Sheeps on the Heilbronn Waldheide, Germany

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