Heidelberg Army Airfield

Germany

Heidelberg: Army Air Field AAF

Army Heliport AHP, Pfaffengrund

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CoordinatesN492336 E0083907 (WGS84) Google Maps
Federal stateBaden-Württemberg
Map with location of Heidelberg Army Air Field AAF, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Heidelberg

During the Cold War

General

Airfield for US Army utility aircraft and helicopters. The airfield had a difficult obstacle situation.

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.
Source: US DoD

Maps

NDB approach in 1960, Heidelberg Aerodrome
NDB approach in 1960 - Due to the difficult obstacle situation in the east, an instrument approach is only possible from the west. Also the missed approach procedure must be already initiated at the HDL beacon. In addition, between the HDL and the field there is a unlighted high-voltage power supply line.
Source: US DoD

Images from April 1961

Source: Radio-TV tour, Germany. US National Archives. National Archives Identifier: 28518, Local Identifier: 111-LC-45092
US Army helicopter Sikorsky S-58 / H-34 at Heidelberg Army Airfield
A US Army helicopter Sikorsky S-58 / H-34 at Heidelberg Army Airfield
Control tower, bus and helicopter
Control tower, bus and helicopter

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
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Overview

Heidelberg Airfield: north-south runway was already closed
In 1973, the north-south runway was already closed.
Source: US DoD
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").
Source: US DoD

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.
Source: US DoD

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 - Heidelberg had its own "Heidelberg Approach Control" (APP CON) and was equipped with an aerodrome surveillance radar (ASR) and a precision approach radar (PAR). The missed approach procedure is now heading north.
Source: US DoD

Today

Use

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, which limited operations from and to the east.
Former Heidelberg Army Airfield: Runway
The closed runway is marked with yellow crosses
Remains of the lighting
Remains of the lighting
Foundation of the former lighting system
Foundation of the former lighting system
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.
Military security area
The eastern end is still signposted as a military security area.
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
Foundation
Foundation
Shaft
Shaft
Tower of Heidelberg Army Airfield
Tower
Buildings
Buildings
Gate
Gate
John Deere
 
Guard station
Building 225
Building
Fence and watch tower
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.

Sources

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