Görlitz: Airfield

Gorlitz

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CoordinatesN510933 E0145704 (WGS84) Google Maps
Former East GermanyDistrict of Dresden
Federal stateSachsen (Saxony)
Location indicatorEDBX
Map with location of Görlitz Airfield, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map

Location of airfield

At the north-western edge of Goerlitz.

During the 1920s/1930s

Usage

Airport.

Timetable

Summer 1928

The timetable for summer of 1928 shows the following scheduled flights:
(Days: 1=Monday ... 7=Sunday)
157: Görlitz - Dresden (Heller) - Halle/Leipzig (Schkeuditz)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    123456– | Görlitz 07:35 - 08:15 Dresden 08:25 - 09:15 Halle/Leipzig
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    123456– | Halle/Leipzig 15:55 - 16:45 Dresden 16:55 - 17:35 Görlitz
160: Breslau (Gandau) - Riesengebirge/Hirschberg - Görlitz - Cottbus - Berlin (Tempelhof)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    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 A.G.:
    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
123456–07:25Arr160Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Breslau - Riesengebirge/Hirschberg
123456–07:35Dep160Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Cottbus - Berlin
123456–07:35Dep157Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Dresden - Halle/Leipzig
123456–17:35Arr160Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Berlin - Cottbus
123456–17:35Arr157Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Halle/Leipzig - Dresden
123456–17:45Dep160Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Riesengebirge/Hirschberg - Breslau

During World War II

Usage

Started as civilian airfield, later taken over by Luftwaffe and extended to an air base.

Situation

Görlitz Airfield in World War II on a map 1944
Görlitz Airfield in World War II on a US map from 1944 (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, Lizenz: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

Overview

Görlitz airfield, Germany, on a US map from 1952
Görlitz airfield on a US map from 1952 (Source: AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University)

During the Cold War

Usage

Airfield of the former East German pre-military mass organization Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik (GST, "Sport and Technology Association") until 1979. Then kept ready as helipad for the National People's Army.

In the 1960s

Overview

Görlitz and surroundings, Germany, on a US satellite image 1968
Görlitz and surroundings Airfield on a US satellite image from 15 May 1968 - 1: airfield. Other installations: a: VEB Waggonbau Görlitz; b: Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk RAW Schlauroth. Places: Ebersbach, Girbigsdorf, Görlitz, Rauschwalde, Schlauroth, Schöpstal, Zgorzelec (Polen). (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Görlitz airfield
Görlitz airfield (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1970s

Situation

Görlitz Airfield on a map 1972
Görlitz 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)

Overview

Goerlitz airfield, East Germany, 1970
Thursday 26 November 1970 - The bright point in the south of the airfield can also be seen on the 1975 picture. Later aerial photos show that there must have been a plate on the ground. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Görlitz airfield, Germany, 26 June 1975
Görlitz airfield on Thursday 26 June 1975 - Also here the plate in the south of the airfield shows up as a bright point. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Airspace and procedures

Das VFR-Handbuch Agrarflug von 1977 (NfD) macht für Görlitz folgende Angaben:
- Motorflugbetrieb mit maximal zulässiger Belastung 5500 kp AUW (Gesamtfluggewicht)
- Segelflugbetrieb
- Fallschirmsprunglandeplatz

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Usage

  • Helipad 3037 for Supply Depot 14 (Versorgungslager 14, VL-14) of former East German Air Force (NVA LSK/LV).
  • Helipad 5705 of former East German Border Troops (Grenztruppen, GT),

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Dimensions: 600 m x 600 m,
main takeoff and landing direction: 330°,
surface: solid grass,
capacity: 1 helicopter (for helipad 3037).

Telephone

Sondernetz/Stabsnetz S1 3734-761-829p (VL-14)

Airspace and procedures

Helipad usable at day during good weather conditions
Alert time: 60 minutes.

Obstacles

None.

Today

Usage

General aviation

Links

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Allied map
  • Grenzdörfer, Joachim; Seifert, Karl-Dieter: "Geschichte der ostdeutschen Verkehrsflughäfen" Bernard & Graefe Verlag, Bonn, 1997 - 4 pages description, maps and aerial picture
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