Heilbronn: Army Airfield AAF

Fort Camp Redleg, Waldheide

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CoordinatesN490748 E0091624 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1054 ft
Location indicatorEDIF
Map with location of Heilbronn Army Airfield AAF, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Heilbronn Waldheide Army Airfield


The Waldheide near Heilbronn was initially a parade ground, which was also used as an emergency landing site in the 1920s. After World War II, a US Army airfield was built on the site. In later years, the Waldheide was used as a base for Pershing I and Pershing II missiles. In the 1980s, the airfield had been reduced to a helicopter land area. The site gained special attention when a missile went up in flames on 11 January 1985, killing 3 soldiers and injuring several others. At the beginning of the 1990s the US troops left the field and the Waldheide was rewilded.

Location of airfield

4 km east of Heilbronn city center.

During World War II


Emergency landing field

During the Cold War


US Army airfield, later only heliport for the Pershing missile site at this location


Heilbronn Army Airfield AAF, Germany, on a US satellite image 1977
Heilbronn Army Airfield AAF on a US satellite image from 1977
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Map of Heilbronn Waldheide Army airfield and heliport
In 1981, the former Army Airfield is only a heliport (AHP = Army Heliport) - The landing area for helicopters is located on runway 18/36. The information 2200 x 75 is length x width, expressed in feet (671 m x 23 m). The structure in the northeast is the missile site.


Data for the year 1971:
  • 18/36: 671 m x 23 m



Closed. Installation completely removed, except for a hangar and small memorial for the victims of the Pershing missile incident in 1985.


Pictures from 2017

Southern Part

Southern entrance to the Waldheide in Heilbronn Germany
There are two information panels at the southern entrance to the Waldheide.
Path in the southern part of the Waldheide Heilbronn
Path in the southern part
Southern part of Waldheide
Southern part
Waldheide Heilbronn Germany: Relics of concrete
Relics of concrete
Heibronn: Relics at the Waldheide

Old aircraft hangar

There is an old aircraft hangar at the western edge of the field. Today it is used for agriculture.
Former aircraft hangar at Heilbronn Waldheide.
View from the east
Aircraft hangar at Waldheide Heilbronn
View from the east
Western part of the aircraft hangar
Western part of the building
Hangar gate
"No smoking" at the gate
Inside view of the aircraft hangar at Heilbronn Waldheide in Germany
Inside view
"No smoking"
Rear view
Rear view


On 11 January 1985, a Pershing II missile cought fire at the Waldheide. Three soldiers were killed. A small memorial reminds of it.
Memorial at Heilbronn Waldheide
The memorial
Heilbronn Waldheide memorial and flag pole
Memorial and flag pole


North of the hangar is still this hydrant.
Hydrant on Waldheide, Heilbronn, Germany

Northern part

Also the northern part has been completely rewilded.
Look to the northern limit
Look to the northern limit
Looking back to the south
Looking back to the south
Sheeps on the Heilbronn Waldheide, Germany
Sheeps on the Heilbronn Waldheide, Germany



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