Fürstenwalde Airfield

Germany

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CoordinatesN522322 E0140544 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 184 ft
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Frankfurt/O
Federal stateBrandenburg
Location indicatorEDAL (200x)
Map with location of Fürstenwalde Airfield
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Fürstenwalde

Location of airfield

3 km northeast of Furstenwalde center.

During World War II

Use

Luftwaffe airfield

Situation

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

Overview

Fürstenwalde Air Base on a map 1952
Fürstenwalde Air Base on a US map from 1952
Source: AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

During the Cold War

Use

Base for soviet transport helicopters until mid-1970s. Then agricultural airfield of Interflug state airline. In addition, the East German National People's Army listed the airfield under the ID "A 05-11".

In the 1950s

Railway siding

Track diagram of Fürstenwalde airfield railway siding, 1952
Track diagram of the installations southwest of the airfield from 1952 - Marienbad probably means Marienhütte, Palmücken probably Palmnicken. The siding to the airfield is marked red.
Source: CIA / Deutsche Reichsbahn

In the 1960s

Overview

Fürstenwalde Airfield on 02 May 1965 - The viewing direction is approximately southeast
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Storage area
Storage area
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Barracks with sports field
Barracks with sports field
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Southwestern part
Southwestern part - 1: Barracks; 2: Object of unknown purpose; 3: Steinhöfeler Chaussee; 4: Railway Fürstenwalde-Steinhöfel-Hasenfelde; 5: A train at the railway siding
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Eastern end of the runway
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Hangars - There are numerous vehicles in front of all hangars. The airfield seems to be no longer used for flying.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Western part at the Buchholzer Chaussee
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Northern part
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1970s

Situation

Map with Fürstenwalde airfield, Germany, 1972
Fürstenwalde 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
Visual approach map 1974
Visual approach map for agricultural aviation from 1974
Source: VFR-Luftfahrthandbuch für die Interflug Betrieb Agrarflug

Overview

Fürstenwalde Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image ...
Fürstenwalde Airfield on a US satellite image from 25 November 1970
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Fürstenwalde: Situation map 1975
Situation map from 1975, turned into approximate north direction. - The paved runway is closed, the agricultural aviation uses a 600 m long grass runway in the north.
Source: VFR-Luftfahrthandbuch für die Interflug Betrieb Agrarflug
Aerodrome Fürstenwalde, 1979
US satellite image from 16 May 1979 - The northern part used by Interflug has been extended
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 08/26: 1200 m Bit closed / unusable
  • 12/30: 800 m Grass

Connections between visual approach and departure routes and local flying routes

Connecting routes between the visual approach and departure routes of the airfields and the Local Flying Routes (as of March 1st, 1982): Shortes flying route from the airfield to the local flying route No. 31 (leg Prötzel - Autobahn intersection Fürstenwalde).
Explanation: The "Local Flying routes" were a network of VFR routes in the former East Germany. The routes were numbered and the legs were defined as straight lines between geographic points.

Today

Use today

Closed, the area is used for a solar power plant.

Links

Bibliography

  • Freundt, Lutz: "Sowjetische Fliegerkräfte in Deutschland 1945-1994, Band 1" Freundt Eigenverlag, Diepholz 1998 - Short description, aerial picture from 1953

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