Heidelberg: Army Air Field AAF

Army Heliport AHP, Pfaffengrund

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CoordinatesN492336 E0083907 (WGS84) Google Maps
Federal stateBaden-Württemberg
Germany during the Cold War Map

During the Cold War

General

Airfield for US Army utility aircraft and helicopters.

In the 1960s

Overview

Map from the year 1960.
Map from the year 1960. At this time there was also a runway in roughly north-south direction 17/35.

Maps

NDB approach in 1960, Heidelberg Aerodrome
NDB approach in 1960

In the 1970s

Situation

Map with Heidelberg Army Airfield, Germany, 1972
Heidelberg Army Air Field AAF 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/)

Overview

Heidelberg Airfield: north-south runway was already closed
In 1973, the north-south runway was already closed.
Heidelberg Army Air Field AAF, Germany, on a US satellite image 1977
Heidelberg Army Air Field AAF on a US satellite image from 03 July 1977 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Runways

  • 08/26: 1067 m x 30 m Asphalt
  • 17/35: 401 m x 12 m

In the 1980s

Situation

VFR arrival and departure routes in 1984
VFR arrival and departure routes in 1984 - The black triangles are compulsory reporting points, the unfilled ones are non-compulsory reporting points. The dashed rectangle is the Heidelberg control zone ("HEIDELBERG CTLZ").

Overview

Map 1984
This map from 1984 shows the airfield with runway, taxiways, ramps and buildings. - In the east, a road leads over the runway. The former north-south runway is now being used as a taxiway C. On its northern end (not shown here) is the approach radar.

Runways

  • 08/26: 1067 m x 30 m Concrete

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 417 "HDL", 080°/1.9NM to field

Maps

NDB approach in 1981
NDB approach in 1981

Today

Usage

Closed.

Images

Pictures from 2016:

Runway of Heidelberg Army Airfield
Runway: Looking from the western end to the east - The hill in the background is the Königstuhl.
Former Heidelberg Army Airfield: Runway
The closed runway is marked with yellow crosses
Eastern end: a road is leading across the former runway
At the eastern end, a road is leading across the former runway - The telecommunication equipment in the background is located on the Königstuhl.
At the eastern side
At the eastern side
Former position of the approach radar on the northern end of the old north-south runway
Former position of the approach radar on the northern end of the old north-south runway
Tower of Heidelberg Army Airfield
Tower
Buildings
Buildings
Gate
Gate
 

Picture from 2017:

Picture of Heidelberg Army Airfield 2017
The former Army Airfield seen from the Königstuhl in March 2017 - The red arrow points to the airfield. On the right the city of Heidelberg.
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