Bory: Airfield

Letiště Plzeň, Pilsen

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CoordinatesN494353 E0132008 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLKPB
Map with location of Bory Heliport, Czech Republic
The history of the Cold War airfields: Bory
by Bert Kondruss

During World War II

Usage

Plzeň, airport, later Luftwaffe airfield.

Situation

Plzen Bory Airfield on a map 1944
Plzen Bory Airfield in World War II on a US map from 1944 (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

During the Cold War

Usage

Helicopter base of the Czechoslovak People's Army.

In the 1950s

Overview

Aerial pictures from 1956
Source: kontaminace.cenia.cz Obtained according to the license terms for non-commercial use.
The shelter which is visible near the center of the picture still exists today - see pictures below
Hangars
 
Aircraft on the apron
Southeastern part

In the 1970s

Overview

Plzeň Bory Heliport, Czech Republic, on a US satellite image 1979
Plzeň Bory Heliport on a US satellite image from 16 May 1979 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Radio communication

The call sign of the airfield was LOTOS (1990).
According to western signals intelligence (SIGINT), the airfield was also called "Navigacni Punkt 540" by the Czechoslovak Air Force (previously "Navigacni Punkt 552").

Units

11. VRP Mi-24D, V, Mi-17 (1990). In 1992, the helicopters moved to Dobrany.

Installations

In the south were hangars which could have been probably built before 1945.

Today

Usage

Airfield is closed and has been converted to an industrial park.

Images

Pictures from 2016.

The area is fully transformed into an industrial zone. Only a few relics of the former airfield can be found.
Univerzitni Street - The pathway of this street corresponds exactly to the former taxiway.
Teslova Street - On the airfield, this street passed along the backside of the big hangars.
Historic building? - This ruin is at the southern part of "Teslova"
Historic building? - This building must have been at the rear side of the biggest hangar.
Shelter - At the western end of Univerzitni
Shelter
Shelter
Area at the western end of Univerzitnis

Sources

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