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CoordinatesN544736 E0085655 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 24 ft
Federal stateSchleswig-Holstein
Location indicatorEDNL
EHG Edelstahl Rohrherstellung GmbH
Map with location of Leck Air Base
Germany during the Cold War Map

During World War II


Luftwaffe operational airfield (Einsatzhafen).


Map with Leck Luftwaffe airfield in World War II
Leck Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1943 (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, Lizenz: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)


Map with relics of the former Leck airfield
Relics of the former operational airfield northwest of Leck on a map from 1955 - The map shows the old runway system. (Source: AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University)

During the Cold War


German Air Force base, home of Aufklärungsgeschwader 52 (AG 52).

In the 1960s


Map with airspace around Leck airfield in 1963
Airspace around Leck airfield in 1963 (Source: DoD)

Airspace and procedures

NDB Approach to Leck 1966
NDB Approach 1966 (Source: DoD)


The following pictures from the 1960s are coutesy of Kurt. Thank you very much!


Republic RF-84F Thunderflash 51-17006 of German Reconnaissance Wing 52, Leck Air Base
Tail of a Republic RF-84F Thunderflash with the wing crest of German Reconnaissance Wing 52 (Aufklärungsgeschwader 52) - Before, this airplane with serial number 51-17006 belonged to the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing of the US Air Force. (Source: Kurt)
RF-84F Thunderflash of the German Air Force in a maintenance hangar, Leck Airfield, Germany
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash of the German Air Force in the maintenance hangar, probably at Leck (Source: Kurt)
German Air Force RF-84F in front of a hangar, Leck Aerodrome
German Air Force RF-84F Thunderflash in front of a hangar, presumably Leck (Source: Kurt)
Reonnaissance aircraft RF-84F EB+103, Leck Air Base, Germany.
Reonnaissance aircraft RF-84F in Winter, probably at Leck Air Base, Germany. In the foreground EB+103. (Source: Kurt)
VIP aircraft C-140A Jetstar CA+101 of government flight (Flugbereitschaft BMVg) Leck, Germany
VIP aircraft C-140A Jetstar CA+101 of government flight (Flugbereitschaft BMVg) on visit, presumably at Leck. (Source: Kurt)
German Air Force aicraft C-140A Jetstar CA+101, Leck Airfield, Germany
C-140A Jetstar CA+101 during refueling (Source: Kurt)
Luftwaffe Nord 2501 Noratlas, Leck Airfield
Overflight of a Nord 2501 Noratlas of the Luftwaffe, probably taken at Leck Air Base. (Source: Kurt)
Aircraft F-104 Starfighter in maintenance hangar, Leck, Germany
F-104 Starfighter in maintenance hangar, probably at Leck. - The tactical number has an A as the second letter. Therefore this airplane must not have belonged to the Reconnaissance Wing 52 (AG-52), because otherwise it would have to have a B. (Source: Kurt)
F-104 Starfighter in winter, Leck Air Base.
Aircraft F-104 Starfighter in winter, presumably at Leck Air Base. - The plane has a tactical number starting with DA. It should belong to Fighter Bomber Wing 31 (JaboG 31). (Source: Kurt)
German Air Force F-104 Starfighter
F-104 Starfighter (Source: Kurt)
Aircraft F-104 Starfighter
F-104 Starfighter (Source: Kurt)

"Leck GCA" approach control

Leck GCA approach control with Quad Radar and Aerodrome Surveillance Radar
Outside view, presumably Leck Air Base. - On the left there are two "Quad Radar" systems, mainly used as Precision Approach Radar (PAR). On the right is the Aerodrome Surveillance Radar (ASR). (Source: Kurt)
Quad Radar
View from the window to the two "Quad Radar" (Source: Kurt)
Leck GCA Approach Control room
View into the approach control room - From left to right: Precision approach radar (PAR, final) workstation, aerodrome surveillance radar (ASR, search) workstation, coordinator workstation, second PAR workstation and second ASR workstation (further right, not shown in the picture) (Source: Kurt)
Precision approach radar PAR workstation
Workstation precision approach radar (PAR, final) (Source: Kurt)
List of alternate aerodromes
List of alternate aerodromes - RNWY: Runway; NDB: frequency of non-directional beacon; GCA: radio frequencies for radar approach, search and final; TWR: radio frequency control tower, heading/distance: direction and distance from Leck Air Base (Source: Kurt)
PAR screen
PAR screen - The split radar image is slightly visible on the screen. With a pen the distances 3 and 6 nautical miles were marked on the glass. (Source: Kurt)
Keys for communication with the control tower?
Keys for communication with the control tower? (Source: Kurt)
Workstation surveillance radar (ASR, search)
Workstation surveillance radar (ASR, search) (Source: Kurt)
Radio station and direction finder, Leck Airfield, Germany
Radio station and direction finder? (Source: Kurt)
Radar display
Radar display - Left: Schärfe, Helligkeit; below Beleuchtungsregeler: Karte, Ortungszeiger, ...skala, Pult. Top center: ..., Normal, MTI, Nordung, ... Right: Hochspannung, ... Dämpfung; below: Zentrierung O-W Richtung, N-S Richtung; Dezentrierung-Zentrierung; below: Messbereich Umschalter 20 NM; Beleuchtungsregler Messbereich; bottom: MTI Anzeigebereich; ... Entfernungs...; Bottom center: Festziel-..., MTI Video, Normal Video, Karten Video, MTI Einblendung, Normal ZF-Verst. (Source: Kurt)
Coordinator's workstation
Coordinator's workstation (Source: Kurt)
Telephone switchboard, Leck, Germany
Telephone switchboard - TWR: control tower; Eider: approach control Eider Radar; GCI = air defence command post; AIS : aeronautical information centre; W-OP: wing ops? EDCG: Eggebek Air Base; ... WX: Weather (Source: Kurt)
Leck GCA at work
Leck GCA at work - Leck GCA at work (Source: Kurt)
Leck, Germany: Runway in use 30
Runway in use is 30 (Source: Kurt)
Board with weather conditions
Board with weather conditions - 22 = 10 p.m.? = night flying? Colour State Blue; SN = snow? (and still Blue and 8 km visibility?); alternative airfields are Schleswig and Jever. (Source: Kurt)

In the 1970s


Map with Leck Air Base from 1972
Leck air base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 (Source: DoD)



Chart of Leck Air Base in 1984
Leck in 1984 - What is the purpose of the two (paved?) touchdown zones next to the runway? (Source: DoD)


  • 12/30: 2440 m x 30 m Concrete

Radio beacons

  • TACAN: CH 28 "LCK", at field


Pictures from exercise Reforger-Crested Cap I on August 08th, 1982 (Source: DoD, Photographer: TSGT Ken Hammond)
Aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II in Leck, Germany
Aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II in Leck (Source: DoD)
US Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II in Leck
US Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II in Leck (Source: DoD)
Dornier Do-28 of Aufklärungsgeschwader 52 of German Air Force in Leck
Dornier Do-28 of Aufklärungsgeschwader 52 Leck (Source: DoD)







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