Berlin: Steinstücken Helipad

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The history of the Cold War airfields: Berlin-Steinstuecken
by Bert Kondruss
Coordinates: N522325 E0130742 (WGS84) Google Maps

Location

Map with location of Berlin Steinstuecken helicopter landing area
Germany during the Cold War
Map

General

When the city of Berlin was divided into four sectors in 1945, the Steinstücken settlement belonged to the American sector, but as an exclave was completely surrounded by the state of Brandenburg and later by the GDR district of Potsdam. This meant that access was dependent on the arbitrariness of the GDR regime. To supply and protect the settlement, which was attacked several times by GDR troops, this helicopter landing site was set up by the US Army. With an exchange of territories in 1972, Steinstücken was given dedicated access and were thus no longer an exclave, which normalised the situation.

During the Cold War

Situation

The helicopter landing area on a map from the Berlin Command Plan for STEINSTUCKEN 1961
The helicopter landing area marked on a map from the Berlin Command Plan for STEINSTUCKEN (1961, Secret) - Colored by mil-airfields: yellow=Berlin city limits, blue=route to Steinstücken controlled by East Germany. Source: National Archives

Today

Usage

Closed. For remembrance, the place is named today "Am Landeplatz" ("At the landing ground") and there is a memorial.

Sources

Airfields in the vicinity

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