Friedrichshafen: Löwental Airfield
Base aérienne 136, Bodensee-Airport
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The history of the Cold War airfields: Friedrichshafen
by Bert Kondruss
Location of airfield
The location of the airfield on a map from the 1930s - /FHB 1928/
Airfield map 1932 - /FHB 1928/
Aerial picture from the 1920s or 1930s - The view is northeast
Airfield characteristics at daytime
The movement area is located 3 km north-east of the city Friedrichshafen near Löwenthal, north of the Friedrichshafen-Ravensburg railway line. The aircraft hangar is located in the south-west, an airship hangar in the north of the movement area. On the airplane hangar is a white inscription "Friedrichshafen". Landing signs for airplanes is constantly deployed, also the smoke oven is in operation at daytime. In the south-west concrete runway *). For airships, a landing crew and technical preparation of the landing are to be requested at Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H. Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance). The movement area boundary is marked by red-white panels. 2 km west of the movement area is the the airship hangar of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H., on the northern edge of the city.
*) Concrete runway: Largest length approx. west-east 150 m, width at the east side 57 m, width at the west side 15 m.
Airfield characteristics at night
No permanent night lighting, landing lights made of green, white and red fires in the wind direction are to be requested:
A) for airplanes: at the administrator, landings are to be performed from green over white to red, to the right of the row.
B) for airships: at Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H., Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance). On request at the police watch, also neon fires on both radio towers.
Good sod on clay soil. Shortest rolling length: 800 m in northwest-southeast direction.
1 aircraft hangar 100,98 x 46,40 m, height 15,34 m, door width 2 x 44,0 x 7,5 m,
1 airship hangar 270,0 x 58,9 m. clear height 53.0 m, door width 2 x 52.0 m, door height 49.0 m.
The aircraft hangar contains 3 trolleys each with a load capacity of 1 t, the airship hangar 8 trolleys each with a load capacity of 3 t.
Contain all machinery and equipment necessary for the repair of wood and metal aircraft; mobile autogenous welding system, three-phase current of 220/380 volts. Construction company for metal aircraft and for airships at the field.
In barrel storage approx. 2000 l of petrol and benzene in stock at any time. Gas for airships in stock.
First aid in the case of accidents
Provided by the police station. Medical room available. Nearest doctor in Friedrichshafen (2 km distance).
Accommodation of passengers
In the hotels in the city of Friedrichshafen.
Shuttle service at times of scheduled air travel with airplanes and airships. Taxi cabs on call at any time.
Timetable in spring 1939
In the spring of 1939, Friedrichshafen is served by one scheduled flight:
Weekdays, operated by Lufthansa with Junkers Ju 52 aircraft.
Departure - arrival:
Stuttgart 13:20 - 14:00 Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen 16:50 - 17:30 Stuttgart
Fares in Reichsmark Single flight / return / excess baggage per kg
Stuttgart: 15, - / 27, - / 0,15 RM
Children up to 3 years of age pay 10% of the fare, children up to 7 years of age pay 50%.
Free luggage allowance 15 kg
Aerial picture from 11 July 1935 - /ETH/
Enlargement: Airport installations in the southestern corner - Gas works (left), buildings and aircraft (center), runway (right), hangar (bottom right)
Enlargement: Building in the south next to the railway line
Enlargement: Airship hangar