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KoordinatenN514606 E0141737 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 67 m
Former East GermanyDistrict of Cottbus
Federal stateBrandenburg
Location indicatorETCB (198x), EDPC, ETHT
Airfield Id2060
Map with location of Cottbus Air Base
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Cottbus
by Bert Kondruss

Location of airfield

North-western city limits of Cottbus, Ernst-Heilmann-Weg

During the 1920s/1930s


Airport until 1933, thereafter military airfield.


Summer 1928

The timetable for summer of 1928 shows the following scheduled flights:
(Days: 1=Monday ... 7=Sunday)
158 Cottbus - Halle/Leipzig (Schkeuditz)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa:
    123456– | Cottbus 08:00 - 09:15 Halle/Leipzig
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa:
    123456– | Halle/Leipzig 15:55 - 17:10 Cottbus
160 Breslau (Gandau) - Riesengebirge/Hirschberg - Görlitz - Cottbus - Berlin (Tempelhof)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa:
    123456– | Breslau 06:00 - 06:45 Riesengebirge/Hirschberg 06:55 - 07:25 Görlitz 07:35 - 08:15 Cottbus 08:25 - 09:15 Berlin
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa:
    123456– | Berlin 15:55 - 16:45 Cottbus 16:55 - 17:35 Görlitz 17:45 - 18:15 Riesengebirge/Hirschberg 18:25 - 19:10 Breslau
Departures and arrivals by time
DaysTimeDep/ArrRouteOperatorAircraft typeto/from
123456–08:00Dep158Deutsche Luft HansaHalle/Leipzig
123456–08:15Arr160Deutsche Luft HansaBreslau - Riesengebirge/Hirschberg - Görlitz
123456–08:25Dep160Deutsche Luft HansaBerlin
123456–16:45Arr160Deutsche Luft HansaBerlin
123456–16:55Dep160Deutsche Luft HansaGörlitz - Riesengebirge/Hirschberg - Breslau
123456–17:10Arr158Deutsche Luft HansaHalle/Leipzig

During World War II


Luftwaffe airbase (Fliegerhorst).


Cottbus Air Base in World War II on a map 194x
Cottbus Air Base in World War II on a US map from 194x - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/) (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

During the Cold War


Former East German Airforce base, used by Fighter Wing 1 (JG-1) until 1982, when relocating to Holzdorf . Thereafter home for Combat Helicopter Wing 3 (KHG-3) of former East German Army.

In the 1970s


Cottbus Air Base on a map 1972
Cottbus Air Base 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)


Cottbus Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1970
Cottbus Air Base on a US satellite image from 25 November 1970 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Western end of the runway (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Northwestern dispersal area
Northwestern dispersal area (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Apron (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Southeastern dispersal area
Southeastern dispersal area (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Radio beacons

Data for the 1970s:
  • LOM 26: 321 "MR"
  • LMM 26: 639 "M"


1970er: JG-1

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Data for the year 1990:
  • 08/26: 2360 m x 60 m Concrete/Bitumen
  • 08/26: 2200 m x 35 m Grass south of the hard surfaced runway
Die Höhen der Schwellen über NN betrugen: Schwelle Ost 65 m und Schwelle West 69 m.

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • LOM 26: 505.5 "MR", 4400 m to threshold 26
  • LMM 26: 1030.5 "M", 1020 m to threshold 26
  • LOM 08: 495 "RM", 3480 m to threshold 08
  • LMM 08: 1030.5 "R", 880 m to threshold 08
Die Kennungen wurden wie im Warschauer Pakt üblich aus dem ersten und letzten Buchstaben des Rufzeichens (MONTUR) abgeleitet.

Radio communication

The call sign of was MONTUR.


Stabsnetz S1 9445. Call sign was "Glasfaser" (1990).


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 in relation to airways.. The reporting point KOBUS on airway A4 was immediately east of the Cottbus airfield.
Departure routes from the airfield to airway A4 in northern and southern direction.
NDB approach ("OSP") in main landing direction 258°
NDB approach ("OSP") in secondary landing direction 078°
Airfield map. The field was in the northwestern corner of the city of Cottbus.


1990: KHG-3: Mi-8TB, Mi-24D (PF 13050)
HSFA-103: Mi-2, Mi-9 (PF 13042)
VFK-1: An-2, Z-43 (PF 44117)

Real property

The airfield had the former East German National People's Army installation id 06/006.


Railway siding from the south.



After reunification used by a German Army helicopter unit. Now closed. Aviation museum.


The following pictures were taken at the "Day of the open memorial" in 2005. Courtesy of Wolfgang Heidenreich.
In front of the tower building
Entry to the tower
Hangar and tower
Tower building



  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - u.a. Alliierte Planskizze aus dem 2. Weltkrieg
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