Bautzen: Air Base

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Coordinates: N511137 E0143111 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Elevation: 167 m
Location Indicator: EDAB (2000)
Airfield ID: 2125

Location

Former East Germany: Bezirk (District) Dresden;
Today: Federal State / Free State of Saxony.
Germany during the Cold War

During World War II

Use until 1945

Luftwaffe airfield.

During the Cold War

Use

Air Base of former East German Air Force (LSK/LV).

Situation

Bautzen Air Base 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 1990:
  • 07/25: 2200 m x 50 m Concrete
  • 07/25: 2200 m x 50 m Grass
Das Protokoll des Nationalen Verteidigungsrates vom 11.11.1985 nennt als geplante Bauinvestitionen für Bautzen: SLB, Hauptrollbahn, Vorstartlinie; Kosten: 45,6 Mio M; Zeitraum 1987..1988.
(Quelle: Bundesarchiv)

Radio Beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • PRMG: CH 40
  • LOM 25: 418 "HN", 4125 m
  • LMM 25: 852 "H", 1020 m
  • LOM 07: 418 "NH", 3538 m
  • LMM 07: 852 "N", 930 m

Radio Communication

The radio call sign of the airfield was HARTMANN.
Tower: 137.25 (Channel 7) and 124.0 (Common channel 1), call sign HARTMANN-START. Homer / direction finder: HARTMANN-PELENG, 130.0 (Common channel 4).

Telephone

Former East German Stabsnetz S1 network:
Stabsnetz S1 9823, code name "Arzneimittel" and "Erlenholz" in 1990.

Maps

Maps from the "Directory 012" (Verzeichnis 012), containing aeronautical information about military airfields of the former East Germany National People's Army (NVA) and Border Troops (GT). The document was classified as "secret".
Location of airfield with radio beacons and airways.
Departure routes for take-off directions 254° and 074° to airway A4
Approach for main landing direction 254°
Approach for secondary landing direction 074°
Airfield map

Standard Training Routes

"Flüge der LSK/LV der NVA und der LSK der GSSD im Rahmen der Gefechtsausbildung sind entsprechend der Grafik der Flugtage / -nächte auf der Grundlage der "Hauptflugregeln zum Fliegen im Luftraum der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik" auf Standardflugstrecken in den dazu festgelegten Flughöhen durchzuführen. ..." (Quelle: "Verzeichnis der Standardflugstrecken der LSK/LV der NVA und der LSK der GSSD"
For the year 1989:
772 Bautzen, Bad Schandau, Freiberg, Riesa, Kamenz, Bautzen
Altitude: 4250 bis 4900 m
Climb: Freiberg
Descend: Kamenz
Interception leg: Freiberg, Kamenz
(Flights only in coordination with VHZ)
773 Bautzen, Bad Schandau, Wolkenstein, right turn, Kamenz, Bautzen
Altitude: 5500 m
Climb: Traverse Glashütte
Descend: Kamenz
Interception leg: Traverse Glashütte, Kamenz
774 Bautzen, Spreefurt, Hohnstein, Rumburk, Bautzen
Altitude: 100 bis 900 m
Climb: Spreefurt
Descent: Rumburk
Interception leg: Spreefurt, Hohnstein
775 Bautzen, Weissenberg, firing range Neudorf, Bautzen
Altitude: 100 bis 1200 m
Climb: Weissenberg
Descend: Bautzen FMP
Map of standard training routes

Units

East german airforce units at Bautzen in 1990:
- Offiziershochschule der LSK/LV für Militärflieger "Otto Lilienthal" (OHS MF, Postfach 35881)
- Nachr.- u. Flugsich.werkst. u. Lager (OHS MF NFWL, Postfach 35898)
- Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 25 "Leander Ratz" (FAG-25, PF 35838) ausgerüstet mit L-39ZO
- Fliegertechnisches Bataillon 25 (FTB-25, PF 56048)
- Nachrichten- und Flugsicherungsbataillon 25 (NFB-25, PF 78339)
- NFB-25 Radarstellung (PF 35863)
- Waffenwerkstatt und -lager 14 (WWL-14, PF 65916)

Real Property

Installation IdObjectAreaQuartersAddress
12/085KaserneKäthe-Kollwitz-Str. 17
12/086Flugplatz221,814
12/087Training area FAG-2517,5Spreewiese, In der Lungenwiese
12/100Radar site NFB-25Zschillichau, Jörksberg
12/151Storage area FAG-250,6Kubschütz, near railway
12/173Housing FTB-250,256Bautzen, Paulistr. 1A
12/187Amunition depot FTB-258,45Drehsa, east of Carlsberg
12/286Recreation object FAG-25Bautzen, An der Talsperre
06/330Object FTB-250,18Goyatz, Schwielochsee
The former National People's Army installation id was made of the district number (06: Cottbus, 12: Dresden) and a sequence number.
The following picture was provided by csc. Thanks a lot!
Relicts of the FAG-25 storage area at Kubschuetz (2007)

Additional Information

1972 Absturz einer L-29 mit 2 Fluglehrern unter mysteriösen Umständen auf einem Werkstattflug.
Beide Besatzungsmitglieder tot. Bis zur Klärung der Unfallursache ruhte der weitere
Flugbetrieb (Quelle: Lutz K.)

Today

Use

After reunification collection point for surplus military equipment. Now general aviation.

Links

  • http://www.history.hqusareur.army.mil/uslmannual.htm (offline): USMLM Unit History 1972 - Notice about deployment of L-29 from Bautzen to Demmin-Tutow for 45 days in March 1972
  • http://www.history.hqusareur.army.mil/uslmannual.htm (offline): USMLM Unit History 1978 - Notice about reequipment from L-29 to L-39; Notice and picture of the precision approach radar at Bautzen (modified HAY POLE)
  • http://www.history.hqusareur.army.mil/uslmannual.htm (offline): USMLM Unit History 1979 - Notice about L-39 with unguided rockets.
  • http://www.history.hqusareur.army.mil/uslmannual.htm (offline): USMLM Unit History 1982 - Sighting of a unknown RSBN system at Bautzen at the 10 July 1982 (with two pictures)

Bibliography

  • : "Fliegerrevue 1/1983" - This east german publication shows a picture with some approach maps of Bautzen in the background. This is remarkable, as such information was usually kept secret. The publication was possibly unintentionally.
  • Freundt, Lutz: "Sowjetische Fliegerkräfte in Deutschland 1945-1994, Band 4" Edition Freundt Eigenverlag, Diepholz 2000 - Short notice about soviet flying units at Bautzen.
  • Bußmann, Kleest, Freundt: ""11-80, katapultieren Sie!"" AeroLit - Verlag und Medienvertrieb, Berlin, 2004 - Short descriptions about aircraft accidents, including some at Bautzen.
  • Banach, Bußmann, Girke, Meißner, Willisch, Freundt: "MiG, Mi, Su & Co." AeroLit - Verlag und Medienvertrieb, Berlin, 2002 - Some pictures from Bautzen airbase.
  • Billig, Detlef; Meyer, Manfred: "Flugzeuge der DDR, II. Band bis 1972" TOM Modellbau, Friedland, 2002 - Several pictures of L-29 at Bautzen
  • Billig, Detlef; Meyer, Manfred: "Flugzeuge der DDR, III. Band bis 1990" TOM Modellbau, Friedland, 2003 - Picture of a L-39 at the flightline at Bautzen
  • Billig, Detlef; Meyer, Manfred: "Flugzeuge der DDR, IV. Band" TOM Modellbau, Friedland, 2004 - Pictures of L-29 and L-39; one picture shows both types at the flightline.

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