Rothenburg: Air Base


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Coordinates: N512152 E0145704 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Elevation: 517 ft
Location Indicator: ETRO (1990), EDBR (200x)
Airfield ID: 2115


Rothenburg was a military airfield of the former National People's Army (Nationale Volksarmee, NVA) of the GDR. For many years, the Pilot Training Wing 15 (Fliegerausbildungsgeschwader 15, FAG-15) with the honorary name "Heinz Kapelle" was stationed here, which carried out the training on aircraft MiG-21. Presumably due to the maximum distance to the west, the field was also used to deliver new Soviet aircraft types to the NVA. Since German reunification, the airport has been used for general aviation.


Former East Germany: Bezirk (District) Dresden;
Today: Federal State / Free State of Saxony.

Location of airfield

3 km north of Rothenburg/OL.

During the Cold War


East German Airforce base.


Rothenburg on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - The airfield is located directly on the border with Poland


Rothenburg air base on a map in the East German National People's Army "Directory 012" (Verzeichnis 012, formerly "Top Secret") from about 1989/1990. - Hand-drawn maps were quite common in the Eastern bloc. The map shows the nearby villages Neusorge, Bremenhain and Lodenau, the airfield with concrete and grass runway und the taxiways. On the right side is Poland.


Data for the year 1990:
  • 18/36: 2500 m x 76 m Concrete
  • 18/36: 2500 m x 100 m Grass

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • LOM36: 668 "OR", 4150m to THR36
  • LMM36: 326 "O", 1020m to THR36
  • LOM18: 709 "RO", 3710m to THR18
  • LMM18: 326 "R", 1000m to THR18

Radio communication

The radio call sign of the airfield was OPER.


1990: FAG-15 "Heinz Kapelle" (MiG-21SPS, MiG-21SPS-K, MiG-21U, MiG-21US, MiG-21UM)



General aviation airfield, solar park.


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