Westerland: Airport Sylt

RAF Sylt

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN545442 E0082033 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 51 ft
Location indicatorEDNY (197x), EDHX (198x), EDXW (200x)
Map with location of Westerland Airport Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Westerland

During the 1920s/1930s

Situation

Westerland airfield on a map 1929
The airfield on a map from approx. 1929
Source: Flughandbuch für das Deutsche Reich

Overview

Map 1929
Map (approx. 1929) - South of the field, the tracks of the Sylt island railway from Westerland to Munkmarsch harbour are shown. In a note to the map it is stated that at this time these railway tracks were already dismantled.
Source: Flughandbuch für das Deutsche Reich
Aerial image 1929
Aerial image (approx. 1929) - Viewing direction about west-southwest.
Source: Flughandbuch für das Deutsche Reich

Information from the Aeronautical Information Publication as of February 1929

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Westerland a. Sylt commercial airfield

Business owner / Administrator

Stadtgemeinde Westerland, Westerland a. Sylt,
Cable address: Magistrat Westerlandsylt.

Transport companies / Airlines

Deutsche Luft Hansa A. G., Flugleitung Westerland a. Sylt,
Cable address: Lufthansa Westerlandsylt.

Airfield characteristics at daytime

The airfield is marked with white corners. The landing sign is always displayed. Windsock on mast at the southwest corner of the airfield.

Airfield characteristics at night

No permanent night lighting. On request at the airfield police station, landing lights consisting of green, white and red fires in a row parallel to the wind direction. Land from green to white to red, to the right of the row.

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Firm, overgrown heath soil, only a few tufts of grass.
Shortest rolling length: 320 m in north-south direction.

Hangars

1 aircraft hangar 16.0 x 10.3 m; clear door height 4.0 m

Fuel equipment

For 2,500 l Dapolin, 600 l completely in stock.

First aid in the case of accidents

Provided by airfield police station. Next doctor in Westerland (3 km away).

Customs, passport

Customs clearance possible, passport control by airfield police station.

Telephone connections

Company / Administrator: Westerland F 314 and 316,
Transport company, airfield police station: Westerland 300,
Doctor: Westerland F 368,
Taxi cabs: Westerland 309 and 340.
Fire department: Westerland 186.

Accommodation of passengers

In the city.

Connections

No shuttle service. Taxi cabs on call at any time

Timetable

Spring/Summer 1939

The timetable for spring/summer of 1939 shows the following scheduled flights:
(Days: 1=Monday ... 7=Sunday)
124: Hamburg (Fuhlsbüttel) - Wyk - Westerland
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Hamburg 15:10 - 16:00 Wyk 16:10 - 16:25 Westerland
    (24 June - 31 August 1939)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Westerland 16:50 - 17:00 Wyk 17:15 - 18:05 Hamburg
    (24 June - 31 August 1939)
127: Berlin (Tempelhof) - Kiel (Holtenau) - Flensburg (Schäferhaus) - Wyk - Westerland
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Berlin 10:50 - 12:20 Kiel 12:30 - 12:55 Flensburg 13:05 - 13:25 Wyk 13:35 - 13:50 Westerland
    (24 June - 31 August 1939)
  • Deutsche Lufthansa, Junkers Ju 52:
    123456– | Westerland 14:30 - 14:45 Wyk 14:55 - 15:15 Flensburg 15:25 - 15:50 Kiel 16:00 - 17:30 Berlin
    (24 June - 31 August 1939)
Departures and arrivals by time
DaysTimeDep/ArrRouteOperatorAircraft typeto/from
123456–13:50Arr127Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Berlin - Kiel - Flensburg - Wyk
123456–14:30Dep127Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Wyk - Flensburg - Kiel - Berlin
123456–16:25Arr124Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Hamburg - Wyk
123456–16:50Dep124Deutsche LufthansaJunkers Ju 52Wyk - Hamburg

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe airfield.

Situation

Westerland Air Base in World War II on a US map 1943
Westerland Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1943
Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, Lizenz: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA

During the Cold War

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!

Usage

Used by RAF until 1946; later Luftwaffe airfield.

Situation

Sylt airfield on a map 1972
Westerland Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 15/33: 2120 m x 45 m
  • 06/24: 1696 m x 45 m

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1971:
  • NDB: 286 "SLT", 329°/3.5NM to fld
Data for the year 1990:
  • DME: CH52 "WES", at field
  • ILS33: 111.5 "IWES"
  • NDB: 387 "SLT", 328°/3.5NM to THR33

Radar

ASR/PAR (1971)

Radio communication

Call sign: SYLT

Today

Usage

Airport.

Links

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