Berlin Tempelhof Central Airport

The 1950s

Berlin: Tempelhof Airport

Berlin Tempelhof Central Airport TCA

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN522825 E0132406 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 164 ft
Location indicatorDDTF (195x), EDBB (196x-1995), EDDI (1995-2008)
Map with location of Berlin Tempelhof Airfield
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Berlin-Tempelhof Airport
Contents
Page 1: From the beginnings until 1945
Page 2: Tempelhof after World War II
Page 3: Berlin Tempelhof Airport: The 1950s ← you are here
Page 4: Tempelhof airport from 1960 to 1993
Page 5: Berlin Tempelhof Airport in the 1990s and 2000s
Page 6: Berlin Tempelhof Airport today; Links and references

In the 1950s

Situation

Map of the airspace around Berlin in 1956
Map of the airspace around Berlin in 1956

Overview

Berlin Tempelhof Central Airport on a US map from 1952
Berlin Tempelhof Central Airport on a US map from 1952 - The center runway 08C/26C used during the airlift is still shown. The runways still have the identifiers 08/26, only later they get 09/27.
Source: US DoD
Map of Berlin Tempelhof Airport in 1954
Berlin Tempelhof in 1954 - Meanwhile, the central runway 08C/26C is marked as unusable. In the northwest is now a radio beacon DLB.
Source: US DoD
Aerial picture 1953 Berlin Tempelhof Airport
Aerial picture 1953
Source: Geoportal Berlin / Luftbilder 1953, Maßstab 1:22 000, Datenlizenz Deutschland - Namensnennung - Version 2.0, https://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/geoinformation/fis-broker/
Aerial picture of Airport building
Enlargement: Airport building
Aerial picture of the old airfield
Enlargement: Old airfield
Aerial picture of runways 08L, 08C and 08R
Enlargement: Beginning of runways 08L, 08C and 08R
Aerial picture of runways 26L, 26C and 26R
Enlargement: Beginning of runways 26L, 26C and 26R
Aerial picture of southwestern take-off head
Enlargement: Southwestern take-off head
Aerial picture of southeastern take-off head
Enlargement: Southeastern take-off head

Images

Pictures from 1955

Photographed by Patrick, whom I thank very much.
Pan American World Airways DC-4 / C-54 in August 1955
Pan American World Airways DC-4 / C-54 in August 1955
Source: Patrick Weidhaas

Pictures from 1957

Source: Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Fotograf: Willy Pragher
Terminal building
Terminal building
Airbridge memorial
Airbridge memorial
Berlin Tempelhof Airport
Building
Building
Radar
Radar
C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) of Pan American World Airways (PAA) N88903, N90902
Two C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) of Pan American World Airways (PAA) - In the foreground N88903 "Clipper Hamburg", in the background N90902 "Clipper Köln-Bonn".
C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) of Pan American World Airways (PAA) N90902
C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) of Pan American World Airways (PAA) - N90902 "Clipper Köln-Bonn"
C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) of Pan American World Airways (PAA)
C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) of Pan American World Airways (PAA) N88903 "Clipper Hamburg", - In the background Air France DC-4 F-BBDJ
PAA N88903
PAA N88903 "Clipper Hamburg" and Air France DC-4 F-BBDJ
Air France DC-4 F-BBDJ
Air France DC-4 F-BBDJ
PAA C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) N88934
PAA C-54 Skymaster (Douglas DC-4) N88934 "Clipper Berlin"
Vickers Viscount of British European Airways
Vickers Viscount of British European Airways
Vickers Viscount of British European Airways
Vickers Viscount of British European Airways
Covered gate Berlin Tempelhof Airport
Covered gate
Gate
Gate
Gate
Gate

Pictures from 1958

Patrick Weidhaas remembers:"The 1950s and 60s were an exciting time in Tempelhof. I was a "teenager" and explored the old terminal from end to end with my first camera, an Agfa Box. The photos were taken by me in 1958 -- I was 16. One or two years later, I mustered all my courage and headed to the US Air Force offices, where I brazenly asked in my best English if there was someone who could give me some detailed information about the GCA (Ground Controlled Approach) landing system at Tempelhof. A nice officer asked me to come back in three days; it was an icy-cold day in January or February. The officer led me to a "Follow-Me"-Jeep and then we drove across the icy tarmac to the eastern threshold of the southern runway (near 27L). There, the mobile GCA truck trailer was located; inside it was dark, 2 or 3 air traffic controllers sat in front of greenish-illuminated radar screens and communicated with landing pilots. In a calm, quiet voice, they informed the pilots of any deviation from the glide path. This was the system that had passed its first major test during the Berlin Airlift. This visit to the GCA truck was an experience I have never forgotten."
Pan Am C-54A N88934 in February 1958 at Berlin-Tempelhof Airport
Pan Am C-54A N88934 in February 1958
Source: Patrick Weidhaas
Air France Lockheed L-749A Constellation F-BAZV at Berlin-Tempelhof in April 1958
Air France Lockheed L-749A Constellation F-BAZV at Berlin-Tempelhof in April 1958
Source: Patrick Weidhaas
Pan Am DC-4 on Tempelhof runway 09R in April 1958
Pan Am DC-4 on runway 09R in April 1958
Source: Patrick Weidhaas
Pan American C-54A N88922 in June 1958 at Tempelhof Airport, Germany
Pan American C-54A N88922 in June 1958
Source: Patrick Weidhaas
December 1958: Arrival of Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer at Berlin Tempelhof Airport
December 1958: Arrival of Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in an US Air Force aircraft
Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Comet Photo AG (Zürich) / Com_L07-0134-0001-0010 / CC BY-SA 4.0, http://ba.e-pics.ethz.ch/ShowRecord.jsp?catalogName=ETHBIB.Bildarchiv&recordID=948477&pn=ba
Continue reading: ➜ Tempelhof airport from 1960 to 1993
Contents
Page 1: From the beginnings until 1945
Page 2: Tempelhof after World War II
Page 3: Berlin Tempelhof Airport: The 1950s ← you are here
Page 4: Tempelhof airport from 1960 to 1993
Page 5: Berlin Tempelhof Airport in the 1990s and 2000s
Page 6: Berlin Tempelhof Airport today; Links and references
Diese Seite auf Deutsch
This website uses cookies
Further information: Privacy Policy
Imprint