Faßberg: Air Base

RAF Fassberg

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN525510 E0101108 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 245 ft
Location indicatorDEFB (195x), EDNF (196x-), ETHS
The history of the Cold War airfields: Faßberg

Location

Federal state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony).
Germany during the Cold War

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe air base (Fliegerhorst).

Situation

Faßberg Air Base in World War II as Schmarbeck on a US map from 1943 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)

Overview

Faßberg Air Base on a US map from 1951 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War

Usage

Royal Air Force (RAF) base, later German Air Force.
Remarkable at this airfield:
● Faßberg played an important role in the Berlin Airlift. Although the airfield was located in the British zone, it was mainly used by US aircraft.
● Der Flugplatz war nur 40 km von der innerdeutschen Grenze zur DDR entfernt und lag genau auf der Grenze der Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Spekulation: Bei der Planung von Krieghandlungen könnte der Platz aufgrund seiner Lage eine besondere Rolle für aus dem Osten zurückkehrende Kampfflugzeuge gespielt haben.

In 1948

Usage

Royal Air Force base.

Radio beacons

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  • Fassberg NDB: 384 "FJ"
  • Plainfare NDB: 314 "FG"

Radio communication

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  • GCA: call sign "ZIGZAG" 137.7 (Initial), 134.1 (Final)
  • Tower 116.1, 117.9, 140.58
  • Approach 116.1, 117.9, 140.58

In the 1960s

Overview

Fassberg Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1969
Fassberg Air Base on a US satellite image from 02.08.1969
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Fassberg airfield 1969
Enlargement: The airfield
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1970s

Situation

Faßberg 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/)

In the 1980s

Situation

Location of Fassberg air base. - The map shows the visual approach and departure routes in 1984.

Overview

Runways

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  • 09/27: 2439 m x 29 m Concrete/Asphalt

Radio beacons

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  • NDB: 284 "FSB", at field
  • TACAN: CH 95 "FSB"

Today

Usage

German Army Aviation airfield.

Links

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