Ahlhorn: Highway Strip

Notlandeplatz NLP

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CoordinatesN525525 E0081014 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 120'
Airfield IdNLP II/7
Map with location of Ahlhorn Highway Strip, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map

General

On the Autobahn A 29 northwest of Ahlhorn, an emergency landing field with concrete middle strip and three parking areas was built during the Cold War. Shortly before the commissioning of this section of the motorway, an exercise took place here in 1984. After the reunification, the highway strip was abandoned.

Location of airfield

Autobahn A29, between intersections Ahlhorn and Großenkneten

During the Cold War

Usage during the Cold War

Highway Strip.

Runways

  • 02/20: 2400 m
There are three parkings: two at the southern end, one at the northern end (on the eastern side).

Images

Highway 84

The following pictures were taken during the exercise "Highway 84" in march 1984. Source: DoD, photographer TSGT ROD PROUTY, SRA GLENDA PELLUM, with additional information from Helmut Friz. Thank you very much!
Aerial picture of Ahlhorn Highway Strip, Germany
Aerial picture from 28 March 1984 (Source: DoD, photographer TSGT ROD PROUTY)
Detail view with road, mobile control tower and viewing platform.
Detail view with road, mobile control tower and viewing platform.
During the exercise, there were two mobile control towers deployed: one for air trafic control, mid of runway, on the western side. The other as exercise command post, at the southern end on the western side, near the visitor's stand.
Mobile control tower from JaboG 43 Oldenburg
Mobile control tower from JaboG 43 Oldenburg for air traffic control.
Flight line sweeper vehicle (JaboG 43)
Flight line sweeper vehicle (JaboG 43)
Generator
Generator
Besides the aircraft types below, videos from this exercise (see links below) also show German Air Force Alpha Jets, Netherlands Air Force NF-5, RAF Jaguars. Also a formation landing of two C-160 Transall, followed by a C-130.
A-10
A-10 before touchdown. Viewing direction south.
C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules
Ahlhorn Highway Strip, Germany
C-130 Hercules at Ahlhorn Highway Strip, Germany
C-130 Hercules taxiing south.
C-130 Hercules taxiing south.
C-160 Transall (LTG 62 Wunstorf) at the southern parking.
A C-160 Transall (LTG 62 Wunstorf) at the southern parking. The plane behind the fuel truck could be a F-5.
F-4 Phantom landing
F-4 Phantom landing
F-4F Phantom (JaboG  36
F-4F Phantom (JaboG 36 "Westfalen" Hopsten)
A F-16 landing, armed with AIM 9 Sidewinder (J-654, Netherlands Air Force)
A F-16 landing, armed with AIM 9 Sidewinder (J-654, Netherlands Air Force)
German Air Force Tornado (JaboG 31
German Air Force Tornado (JaboG 31 "Boelcke" Nörvenich)
Two A-10
Two A-10, looking north. In the background, you can see the exercise command post tower and the visitor stand.
F-15 on take-off (32rd TFS, Soesterberg / Camp New Amsterdam)
F-15 on take-off (32rd TFS, Soesterberg / Camp New Amsterdam)
German Air Force Bell UH-1D (HTG 64 Ahlhorn)
German Air Force Bell UH-1D (HTG 64 Ahlhorn)
Sticker with the participating air forces
Sticker with the participating air forces (USAF, Denmark, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Belgium, Norway) and JaboG 43 (Source: Helmut Friz)

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