Berlin: Staaken Airfield

Dallgow, Dalgow, Аэродром Берлин Штакен

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N523204 E0130657 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 149 ft

Location

Federal State of Brandenburg.
Map with location of Berlin Staaken airfield
Germany during the Cold War
Map

In the 1920/30s

Overview

Staaken aerial picture 1928
Aerial picture from 1928
Map of Staaken airfield in the aeronautical publication 1931
Staaken airfield on a map in the aeronautical publication from 1931
Aerial view Staaken
Aerial picture from the end of the 1920s or beginning of the 1930s - Looking to the southeast

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Good sod on sandy soil. Swamp formation in the southwest corner of the field. Shortest rolling distance 1000 m in all directions.

Hangars

6 Aircraft hangars:
2 hangars: 60,8 x 30,4 m
2 hangars: 99,0 x 25,0 m
1 hangar: 60,0 x 22,0 m
1 hangar: 25,0 x 8,0 m

Workshops

Workshops: Contain all machines and tools necessary to repair metal and wood aircraft. Electric current 220 V AC. Spare parts for all airplanes of the Deutsche Luft Hansa in stock.

Fuel equipment

Fuel Equipment:
For a total of 90,000 liters of gasoline, 3,000 liters of oxyde and 3000 liters of benzene. Hydrogen gas for airship purposes.

Images

Sablatnig biplane in front of the hangar in Staaken
Sablatnig biplane in front of the hangar in Staaken - (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-072-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark)
Crash landing of AEG JII K, D 26 of Deutsche Aero Lloyd
Crash landing of AEG JII K, D 26 of Deutsche Aero Lloyd at Staaken (April 14th, 1923) - (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-034-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark)
Staaken airfield 1924
Staaken 1924 - (Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-00305 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Aircraft demonstraction flight Staaken 1925, airship hangar
Flugzeug-Schaufliegen in Staaken in 1925, Blick auf den Startplatz mit Luftschiffhalle - (Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-01267 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Staaken 1925
Staaken 1925 - Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-01266 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin in Staaken in 1928

"Graf Zeppelin" airship in Staaken 1928 - (Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-06793 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Airship LZ 127 in Staaken
Airship LZ 127 in Staaken - (Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-00845 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

During World War II

Usage

Airfield.

Situation

Map with Berlin Staaken airfield in World War II
Berlin Staaken Airfield in World War II on a US map from 1943 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)

Additional information

The Staaken airfield was used in 1942 twice for scenes in the Karl Ritter Ufa film BESATZUNG DORA (D. 1943, banned). On 27/28 August 1942 the scenes with actress Charlott Daudert on a bicycle were shot there. On 31 October various take-offs, circling, and landing shots with a Junkers Ju 88D aircraft were filmed. The film was an air reconnaissance (Fernaufklärer) propaganda film.
Source: William Gillespie, author of the book THE MAKING OF THE CREW OF THE DORA (2016).

During the Cold War

In the 1940/50s

General

After World War II, Staaken airfield was used by Soviet flying units, presumably until the 1950s. Previously, an exchange of territories was made: The eastern part of the airfield was located in the British sector of Berlin. At the same time, the western part of the British Berlin Gatow Airfield was located in the Soviet zone. In order to allow reasonable operations at both fields, Soviets and British exchanged the territories. With this, West Staaken became part of East Berlin, later of East Germany. It was not until the political change that West Staaken returned to Berlin again in 1990.
The following map from 1952 shows the location of the Staaken airfield in relation to the other post-war airfields in and around Berlin: Gatow, Johannisthal, Schönefeld, Schönwalde, Tegel und Tempelhof.
Map with airfields in the Berlin area from 1952
Map with airfields in the Berlin area from 1952 - (Source: USAF)

Overview

Berlin Staaken airfield aerial view 1953
Aerial picture from 1953
Map from 1967 with Berlin Staaken airfield
The airfield on a map from 1967 - The former and now again valid city border running across the airfield is clearly visible. The border which was valid between 1945 (?) and 1990 after the exchange of territories runs along the right side of the map (Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 459 "T"

Radio communication

The soviet radio station was working on 4150 kc, with the call sign BRONZA.

Images

Magnifications from the aerial picture from 1953
Parked aircraft at Staaken airfield
Parked aircraft in the southeastern part
Staaken airfield hangar with control tower
Hangar with control tower and marking on the roof
Aircraft revetments in the north of the airfield
Aircraft revetments in the north
Staaken barracks
Barracks

Today

Usage

Closed.

Situation

Berlin Staaken airfield aerial view 2016
Aerial view 2016 - There is a solar park on the former runways

Links

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Alliierte Planskizze
  • Freundt, Lutz (Hrsg.), Büttner, Stefan: "Rote Plätze - Russische Militärflugplätze in Deutschland 1945 - 1994" AeroLit Verlag, 2007
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