US Army units at Stuttgart Army Airfield ca. 1990:
1st Avn Det: 4 UH-1H, 2 C-12C
2nd MIB: 6 RC-12D, 8 OV-1D Mohawk, 7 RV-1D Mohawk
4th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment (4-159 Avn): 30 UH-1H, 15 OH-58D, 1 C-12C, 1 U-21A
Reconnaissance flights along the inner German border
For the VII. US corps, reconnaissance aircraft of the types OV-1D Mohawk, RV-1D Mohawk and later RC-12D Guardrail were stationed in Stuttgart. They were parked in a separate fenced-in area of the military apron, in the "Hawk Cage". The airplanes flew regularly along the inner-German border as well as along the border with the CSSR, in order to assess the situation on the other side, using various sensors (IR, side-looking radar, ELINT). Typical flight routes are shown on this page: www.fumema.de
Comparable missions for the V. Corps were flown from Wiesbaden
Lutrans in Stuttgart
Lutrans was a scheduled military air transport service, which was provided by the German Air Force over the airfields Ahlhorn
and Stuttgart across the entire Federal Republic of Germany. It was operated from the mid-1970s until the 1980s with aircraft C-160 Transall.
Routing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
Landsberg - Stuttgart - Cologne - Ahlhorn - Hohn
Hohn - Ahlhorn - Cologne - Stuttgart - Landsberg
Landsberg - Stuttgart - Cologne - Landsberg
Hohn - Ahlhorn - Cologne - Hohn
The aircraft from Landsberg arrived at Stuttgart at about 1200 local and departed to Cologne at 1245. In the afternoon, the aircraft arrived at about 1545 local an departed 1630.
The station at Stuttgart had 6 ground people and was used for distributions into the area between Freiburg, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Frankfurt/M, Würzburg und Reutlingen.
A German Air Force C-160 Transall and a US Air Force C-130 Hercules in Stuttgart during Exercise Reforger 81 - (Source: DoD, Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Bill Thompson)
German Air Force C-160 Transall and USAF C-130 Hercules
Danish Air Force C-47
Über viele Jahre war die Weidacher Höhe westlich des Flugplatzes ein Hindernis, das den Flugverkehr einschränkte. Starts in Richtung Westen waren im Abfluggewicht begrenzt. Außerdem konnte für Anflüge aus Richtung Westen kein Instrumentenlandesystem betrieben werden. Deshalb begannen Anfang der 1990er Jahre Arbeiten, um die am Flughafen vorbeiführende Autobahn nach Norden zu verlegen. Damit konnte die Start- und Landebahn nach Osten verschoben und verlängert werden.
In preparation for the extension of the runway, the A8 autobahn is moved north (1992) - /LABW 2-1133025-1/
Aerial picture 1993, looking west - In the meantime, the new autobahn is in operation, the old route is still recognizable. Work to shift and extend the runway is in progress. /LABW 2-1133028-1/
Aerial picture 1993 with the new part of the runway under construction - /LABW 2-1133055-1/, /LABW 2-1133056-1/