The history of the Cold War airfields: Dresden by Bert Kondruss
The Soviet heliport Dresden-Heller was located at the north-northeastern city limits of Dresden, northwest of the former Dresden-Heller airfield. Today, the heliport is closed.
During the Cold War
In the 1960s
Dresden Heller heliport on a US satellite image from 04 October 1965 - (1) Heliport, (2) Dresden Airport, (3) Area of the former Dresden Heller Airport, (4) Anti-aircraft site (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement - The former shooting range in northwest-southeast direction may now be used as a landing strip. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement - On this picture you can count about 12 helicopters. In addition, on the right-hand side of the parking area, there are objects that could be light aircraft. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Anti-aircraft site (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
In the 1970s
Dresden Heller Soviet Heliport on a US satellite image from 16 May 1979 - In the meantime, a paved runway has been built for Mi-6 helicopter (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
LMM 28: 562 "CO"
LMM 10: 562 "LÄ"
The radio call sign of the airfield was AREOLA.
Soviet helicopter Mi-4 Hound with special aerials - The photo was taken on 21 December 1975 by the US Military Liaison Mission. (Source: USMLM Unit Historiy 1975)
In the 1980s
Compared to the pictures from 1965, the heliport has now a paved runway and paved parking pads.