After World War II, Staaken airfield was used by Soviet flying units, presumably until the 1950s. Previously, an exchange of territories was made: The eastern part of the airfield was located in the British sector of Berlin. At the same time, the western part of the British Berlin Gatow Airfield
was located in the Soviet zone. In order to allow reasonable operations at both fields, Soviets and British exchanged the territories. With this, West Staaken became part of East Berlin, later of East Germany. It was not until the political change that West Staaken returned to Berlin again in 1990.