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CoordinatesN511747 E0140739 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 150,8 m
Former East GermanyDistrict of Dresden
Federal stateSachsen (Saxony)
Location indicatorETKA (ca. 1985..1990), EDCM (2000)
Airfield Id2126
Map with location of Kamenz Airfield, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map

Location of airfield

3 km northeast of Kamenz city center.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe Air Base.

Situation

Kamenz Airfield in World War II on a map 1944
Kamenz 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

Kamenz airfield on a US map from 1952
Kamenz 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 former East German Air Force. The airfield ID was 2126. Kamenz was also used by the pre-military organization Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik (GST).

In the 1960s

Overview

Kamenz Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1968
Kamenz Airfield on a US satellite image from 30 May 1968. The picture is affected by clouds. - 1: movement area; 2: at this time, no approach lane recognizable in the northeast; 3: apron; 4: surface-to-air missile (SAM) training site? (Source: U.S. Geological Survey U.S. Geological Survey)
Kamenz ramp
Three airplanes are recognizable on the parking ramp. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
S-75 / SA-3 Guideline SAM site Kamenz
This facility looks like a half S-75 (NATO: SA-2 Guideline) SAM site - Possibly it is a training site of the Air Force Academy (Offiziershochschule der Luftkräfte/Luftverteidigung - OHS der LSK/LV "Franz Mehring".) (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1970s

Situation

Kamenz Airfield, Germany, on a map 1972
Kamenz 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

Kamenz Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1979
Kamenz Airfield on a US satellite image from 16 May 1979 - In the northeast the approach lane is recognizable. The concrete runway was built later. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Overview

Map of Kamenz Airfield, East Germany
Kamenz Airfield on a map in the East German "Directory 012" (Verzeichnis 012, formerly "Top Secret") from about 1989/1990. - Hand-drawn maps were not unusual in the eastern block. The map shows the location northeast of Kamenz. The airfield has a concrete runway, a parallel grass strip and taxiways. Also this field has a railway siding. In the northeast is the locator/middle marker.
Runway and taxiways at Kamenz, GDR
Runway and taxi tracks for take-off and after landing - still from Directory 012 - In the Warsaw Pact, taxiways had numbers. Also recognizable is the unusual layout of taxiway 4, which leads away from the front side of the runway.

Runways

  • 03/21: 1100 m x 25 m Concrete
  • 03/21: 1100 m x 65 m Grass northwest parallel to the concrete runway

Lights

In landing direction 213°, approach lights were deployed up to 700 m. The taxiways were not lighted.

Radio beacons

  • LOM 21: 413,0 "KZ", 3590 m
  • LMM 21: 840,0 "K", 1450 m
The idents were derived from the first and last letter of the radio call sign, here KONSTANZ.
In the approach sector 160°-200° (area Vetschau - Cottbus) deviations up to +/- 10°. On approach course 213° deviations up to +7° (in 1990).
During the 1980, the locator at outer marker was also used as navigational aid for the approach to Dresden Klotzsche Airport. This was remarkable in the fact that in the GDR the data of military radio beacons were subject to secrecy otherwise.

Radio communication

The airfield radio call sign was KONSTANZ. The Tower was KONSTANZ-START on 126.5 and 124.0 MHz.
As for some other secondary airfields of the former East German National People's Army, Kamenz had with KONSTANZ a radio call sign bearing the first and last letter of the town name.

Telephone

Former East German Sondernetz/Stabsnetz S1:
TAS-45: ü 9829-88, call sign "Werkbank";
Command post TAS-45: call sign "Jungaktivist"

Standard training routes

1990 gab es die Standardflugstrecken 920, 922, 923, 924, 925 und 926

Units

Units in 1990:
Transport Pilots Training Squadron 45 (Transportfliegerausbildungsstaffel 45, TAS-45),
Flight-technical Battalion 45 (Fliegertechnisches Bataillon 45, FTB-45),
Aircraft Repair Workshop 24 (Flugzeugreparaturwerkstatt 24, FRW-24)

Installations

Eisenbahnanschluss aus Richtung Bernbruch zum südlichen Teil des Flugplatzes.

Today

Usage

General Aviation.

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Allied map
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