Darmstadt Army Airfield


Darmstadt: Army Airfield AAF

Griesheim, August-Euler-Flugplatz

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN495114 E0083512 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 360 ft
Location indicatorEDES (1990)
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Darmstadt

Location of airfield


During World War II



During the Cold War


US Army airfield, closed 1993.

In the 1950s

Additional information

Airfield Survey in 1953

In 1953, survey tours took place in southern Germany to identify future air bases for the German Air Force. Old airfields were visited and assessed, if a field can be used, if technical facilities and housing are available und if an extension of the runway up to 2500 m or 3000 m is possible.
For Darmstadt-Griesheim was found: The airfield with 1500 m x 1000 m has a solid, but partially sketchy sod with minor bumps. The existing runway 085°/265° with a length of 870 m and a width of 21.5 m has a PSP surface and receives a new bituminous underfloor. The taxiways are okay. The field is occupied by 15 small US Army planes. An extension to 3000 m is possible only to the west, with minor earth movements.When doing so, the road from Griesheim to the municipal water works must be relocated and two aerial cables in the east must be rerouted.

In the 1960s

Radio communication

Tower: 118.0, 121.5, 37.6


800 - 765

Airspace and procedures

Strict adherence to published traffic pattern is mandatory at Darmstadt AAF due to close proximity of other installations and German community. All aircraft will use south traffic patterns for runway 25, or at least 1/2 mile south of runway centerline.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 07:00Z - 11:00Z, 12:00Z - 16:00Z
Saturday: 07:00Z - 11:00Z
Sunday & holiday: on request.


Crash truck available from 06:00Z to 17:00Z

In the 1970s


Darmstadt Army Airfield AAF on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)


Darmstadt Army Airfield AAF, Germany, on a US satellite image 1977
Darmstadt Army Airfield AAF on a US satellite image from 03 July 1977
Source: U.S. Geological Survey


Data for the year 1971:
  • 07/25: 1097 m x 20 m Asphalt
Data for the year 1977:
First 600' of runway 25 are closed, except for emergencies.
Fixed-wing aircraft are prohibited from night landings.
Occasional civilian pedestrians and equipment crossing the runway.
It is unsafe to taxi off the runway and taxiways due to soft ground and large holes.



In the 1980s and early 1990s


Visual approach and departure routes (1984)


Airfield (1984)


Data for the year 1990:
  • 07/25: 973 m x 21 m Asphalt


ETS 348-5800/5831/5832


159th Med Co (7th Med Com) 15 UH-60A (1990)


The airfield had an area of 90 ha.


Pictures from 15 September 1982 taken during exercise Reforger '82. Source: DoD
A helicopter UH-1 Iroquois landing to deliver "patients" to the 32nd Combat Support Hospital during exercise Reforger '82. Scene Camera Operator: Hackman
Enlargement: Control tower
Medics from the 32nd Combat Support Hospital carry a "patient" on a litter, from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). Scene Camera Operator: Lynchard
Aerial view of the 32nd Combat Support Hospital. Scene Camera Operator: Hackman





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