Amberg Army Airfield

Bavaria, Germany

Amberg: Army Airfield AAF

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CoordinatesN492514 E0115023 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1350 ft
Federal stateBayern (Bavaria)
Location indicatorEDEA
Map with location of Amberg Army Airfield AAF, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Amberg


South of Amberg, there was a small US Army airfield. It was listed as usable until the 1980s. The site was finally abandoned with the withdrawal of troops at the beginning of the 1990s.

Location of airfield

The airfield was located 3 km southwest of Amberg.

During the Cold War


US Army airfield.

In the 1950s


Amberg airfield on a US map 1952
Amberg airfield on a US map from 1952 - The railway line to Lauterhofen north of the field has been dismantled in the meantime (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)
Source: US DoD

In the 1960s


  • 06/24: 520 m (approx.)

Radio communication

Radio 31.8


Amberg Mil 837, after duty hours 801

Hours of operations

Monday-Friday 0700-1600Z, Saturday 0700-1000Z

Fuel equipment


In the 1970s


Amberg Army Airfield on a US map 1972
Amberg Army Airfield on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin


Map of Amberg Army Airfield, 1971
Map of the Department of Defence from 1971 - Length and width of the runway are stated in Feet. The triangular symbols are obstacles. The dotted circle area south of the runway is a Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB).
Source: US DoD


  • 06/24: 518 m x 20 m

Radio beacons

For the year 1971, a NDB on frequency 212 kHz with ident AMG is listed. In 1983, it worked on frequency 301 kHz.

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Real property

The BICC Report 4 "Restructuring the US Military Bases in Germany: Scope, Impacts, and Opportunities" lists an area of 16,605 ha.



Closed. Aviation activities probably ended already during the 1980s, as Amberg was not mentioned as airfield anymore in 1990. According to the list "Base Closures", the final close-down of the airfield as a US base was planned for September 30th, 1993.


Aerial image Amberg Army Airfield, Germany 2017
Aerial image (2017)
Source: Datenquelle: Bayerische Vermessungsverwaltung, License: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland (CC BY 3.0 DE)


The following pictures were taken in 2016. Many thanks to Mr. B. for the possibility to visit the field.
Runway at Amberg, Germany, looking to the northeastern end.
Runway, looking to the northeastern end.
Looking to the southwestern end.
Looking to the southwestern end.
Remains of a centerline marking?
Ramp in front of the hangar
Former radio beacon on the southeastern side.
Former storage area at the southwestern end, demolished.



  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Lists an emergency landing field


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