Munich: Riem Airport

München

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CoordinatesN480756 E0114159 (WGS84) Google Maps
Federal stateBayern (Bavaria)
Location indicatorDDMU (195x), EDDM
Map with location of Munich Riem airport
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Munich
by Bert Kondruss

General

Riem was opened in 1939 as a new airport for Munich. During World War II, the airfield was used by the Luftwaffe. From 1945 onwards the field served the US forces for a few years and then became the international airport for Munich. In 1992 it was replaced by the newly built airport at Erdinger Moos and closed.

During World War II

Situation

Map of airfields in the Munich area in 1944
Munich Riem airfield in World War II on a US map from 1944. Here it was wrongly named "Reim" - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)

During the Cold War

In the 1940s

Overview

Map of Munich Riem 21 July 1945
Munich Riem on 21 July 1945
Chart of Munich Riem airfield in 1948
Munich Riem airfield in 1948

In the 1950s

Situation

Map of airspace in the Munich area from 1954
Airspace in the Munich area in 1954

Overview

Chart of Munich Riem airport in 1951
Munich Riem Airport in 1951 - The length of the runway is 1908 m (6260 ft). The "MR" radio beacon just northeast of the runway is removed shortly afterwards.Riem is now operated as a civil airport. However, air traffic control is still performed by the Airways and Air Communications Service (AACS) of the US forces..
Chart of Munich Riem airport in 1954
Munich Riem Airport in 1954 - In the meantime, two grass runways and an approach lighting system in the east have been added

Images

Aerial picture Munich Riem in 1950
Aerial picture of Munich Riem airport in 1950 - (ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Gardi, René / LBS_SR12-51-0775 / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Aerial picture Munich Riem in 1950
Aerial picture of Munich Riem airport in 1950 - (ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Gardi, René / LBS_SR12-51-0729 / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Enlargement: Parking pads at the western side of Riem
Enlargement: Parking pads at the western side
Enlargement: Airport buildings Riem
Enlargement: Airport buildings
Picture: Swissair DC-3 and control tower
Swissair DC-3 and control tower in 1950 - (ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Gardi, René / LBS_SR12-51-0730 / CC BY-SA 4.0)

In the 1960s

Situation

Munich Riem Airport, Germany, on a US satellite image 1962
Munich Riem Airport on a US satellite image from 02 August 1962 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Situation

Map of Munich airfields 1981
Riem Airport on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1981 - (ONC F-2 (1981), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

Today

Usage

Closed. The Messestadt Riem (trade fair center) is located on the area today.

Situation

Orthophoto 2015
Orthophoto 2015

Sources

Categories

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