Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields:

Germany, Brandenburg kreis: Dahmen-Spreewald

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Kleinköris/Löpten Added 11 Feb 2011 - Brand-Briesen Added 11 Feb 2011

Alteno Added 27 Feb 2011 - ... more to come

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Kleinköris/Löpten

 

52°08'56"N 013°42'58"E

 

Runway 08/26 - 2350x37.5meters - concrete/asphalt-grass-concrete/asphalt (CLOSED)

Runway 08/26 - 2350x50m - grass (emergency use only - CLOSED)

Runway 08/26 - 2350x50m - grass (emergency use only - CLOSED)

 

Air field Loepten, also known as airfield Kleinkoeris or Kleinloeris/Loepten (german: flugplatz Kleinköris/Löpten) was a military reserve airfield in the region Dahmen-Spreewald in Brandenburg, Germany.

Its construction began in the 1968-1969 timeframe, and was first noted in a US intelligence document in 1969.

 

Although some of its buildings seem to have been built in the 1940s, the airfield infrastructure as a whole was built completely from the late 1960s-early 1970s.

Loepten was not built as a full air base, but instead had only a very basic infrastructure, with three parallel grass runways, a rudimentary tower, some dispersals and a POL site.

The airfield did have a 11.5meter wide concrete taxiway, and the beginning and end of the main runway were of mixed concrete/asphalt construction.

The three combined parallel runways had a security area on either end consisting of loose dirt, 25 meters away from the runways and taxiway.

The concrete areas of the main runway were 400meters long on the eastern side and 100meters on the western side.

The main landing direction was along runway 28.

From 1969 it served mostly as a wartime dispersal for Fighter Wing (Jagdgeschwader) 7 'Drewitz' of the East German Air Force.

About 4-5 times a year one squadron (Staffel) of JG7 would fly exercises from the facility.

The units' Soviet built aircraft were (like most Soviet aircraft) able to operate from rough surfaces.

It was also used as an exercise grounds for the helicopter unit of the Volkspolizei (the national police force).

 

After the reunification of Germany the airfield was closed.

It was then used as a collection point for surplus materials of the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA, the East-German Army).

In 2007 the airfield was used as an airfield one final time, as the shooting location of a historical film, including a Ju-52/3m.

 

Kleinköris-Löpten in 2000 (Google Earth)

 

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Brand-Briesen

 

52°02'00"N 013°45'00"E

 

Runway 09R/27L - 2500x50m - concrete (CLOSED)

Runway 09L/27R - 2500x50m - concrete (wartime emergency use only - CLOSED)

Runway 16/34 - 2000x30m - concrete (wartime emergency use only - CLOSED)

 

Airfield Brand-Briesen (german: flugplatz Brand-Briesen) was constructed between 1938 and 1939 as a Feldflugplatz (Field airfield) of the Luftwaffe.

At the time it had a single 1,000meters runway.

 

When the Soviet forces took over the airfield it was steadily expanded to house a Fighterbomber Regiment.

In 1951 the runway was lenghtened to 2,500meters, followed by an expansion with a 2000meters emergency runway and dispersal area.

In 1970 10 HASs were built and two years later the parallel emeregncy runway was constructed.

Gradually 24 more HASs were built in the late 1970s, and a nuclear alert shelter was built in the early 1980s.

 

airfield Brand-Briesen in 1991 (via Vimudeap)

 

Two An-22 airlifters during the Russian withdrawal at airfield Brand-Briesen in 1992 (Panoramio).

 

The Russians left in 1992, and transferred control of the airfield to Germany.

In 1996 the CargoLifter company was founded in Wiesbaden.

They announced they would develop and build airships in East Germany.

While the main runway was being torn up, CargoLlifter began building the largest freebearing hall in the world just north of that position, where they intended to set up production of airships.

Construction of the 360x210m hall was complete in November 2000, at a cost of 78 million Euro.

 

Airfield Brand-Briesen in 2000 (Google Earth)

 

Cargolifter Skyship on the former parallel (then main) runway at airfield Brand-Briesen 2000 (Google Earth)

 

Cargolifter CL75 prototype at airfield Brand-Briesen and Skyship moored on the runway in 2001 (Panoramio)

 

They actually managed to build prototypes, but a year and a half later the company went bankrupt.

The hall and 500 hectares of ground surrounding it were sold to a Malaysian company in June 2003 who converted it into a leasure park called "My Tropical Islands".

 

The inside of the hangar was converted into a tropical leasure park in 2004 (Tropical Islands)

 

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Alteno

 

51°52'00"N 013°48'00"E

 

Runway 09/27 - 2350x37.5m - asphalt (CLOSED)

Runway 09/27 - 2350x50m - grass (wartime emergency use only - CLOSED)

Runway 09/27 - 2350x11.25m - asphalt (taxiway, wartime emergency use only - CLOSED)

Notes:

in 1989 all runways were reported as 08/26.

in 1989 the grass runway was reported as 1800x50

the runways were unmarked and unnumbered, but had prisms on either sides every 200 meters

the grass emergency runway was marked by red/white rubber cones every 200 meters

Unless otherwise noted all info as per 1986 (mil-airfields.de)

 

Airfield Alteno (german: Flugplatz Alteno) was constructed in the 1930s as a Fliegerhorst of the Luftwaffe.

It operated Bf-109 (Me-109) and FW-190 aircraft.

When the Soviet forces approached the airfield in 1945 the Bf-109 and FW-190 were mostly used as fighter bombers, often carrying weopnry that was of more danger to the pilot than the targets.

 

During the Cold War the airfield was used as a wartime and exercise emergency airfield.

It was the sole emergency airfield in East-Germany where a complete hardened emergency runway was constructed.

Construction of the hardened runway occurred somewhere after 1971, because the United States Military Liaison Mission To Commander In Chief, Group of Soviet Forces described the runway surface as a 'sod field' in a report in 1971.

The airfield also served operational experiments, such as the tests of crash barriers in 1977.

 

Barrier test on a Soviet MiG-23 at airfield Alteno in 1977.

 

Satellite image of Alteno, presumably taken in the 1970s

 

Comparative view of World War 2 Fliegerhorst Alteno (in red, Google Earth)

 

After the reunification Alteno was taken out of service.

It now serves as a motorsports racetrack, but is still largely intact.

 

Airfield Alteno in 2000 (Google Earth)

 

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