Darmstadt: Army Airfield AAF

Griesheim, August-Euler-Flugplatz

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N495114 E0083512 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 360 ft
Location Indicator: EDES (1990)

Location

Germany during the Cold War
Map

Location of airfield

Griesheim

During World War II

Usage

Airfield.

During the Cold War

Usage

US Army airfield, closed 1993.

In the 1950s

Additional information

Airfield Survey in 1953

In 1953, survey tours took place in southern Germany to identify future air bases for the German Air Force. Old airfields were visited and assessed, if a field can be used, if technical facilities and housing are available und if an extension of the runway up to 2500 m or 3000 m is possible.
For Darmstadt-Griesheim was found: The airfield with 1500 m x 1000 m has a solid, but partially sketchy sod with minor bumps. The existing runway 085°/265° with a length of 870 m and a width of 21.5 m has a PSP surface and receives a new bituminous underfloor. The taxiways are okay. The field is occupied by 15 small US Army planes. An extension to 3000 m is possible only to the west, with minor earth movements.When doing so, the road from Griesheim to the municipal water works must be relocated and two aerial cables in the east must be rerouted.

In the 1960s

Radio communication

Tower: 118.0, 121.5, 37.6
(1963)

Telephone

800 - 765
(1963)

Airspace and procedures

Strict adherence to published traffic pattern is mandatory at Darmstadt AAF due to close proximity of other installations and German community. All aircraft will use south traffic patterns for runway 25, or at least 1/2 mile south of runway centerline.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 07:00Z - 11:00Z, 12:00Z - 16:00Z
Saturday: 07:00Z - 11:00Z
Sunday & holiday: on request.
(1963)

Installations

Crash truck available from 06:00Z to 17:00Z
(1963)

In the 1970s

Situation

Darmstadt Army Airfield AAF on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

Runways

Data for the year 1971:
  • 07/25: 1097 m x 20 m Asphalt
Data for the year 1977:
First 600' of runway 25 are closed, except for emergencies.
Fixed-wing aircraft are prohibited from night landings.
Occasional civilian pedestrians and equipment crossing the runway.
It is unsafe to taxi off the runway and taxiways due to soft ground and large holes.

Telephone

2376-764/800/829
(1977)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Situation

Visual approach and departure routes (1984)

Overview

Airfield (1984)

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 07/25: 973 m x 21 m Asphalt

Telephone

ETS 348-5800/5831/5832

Units

159th Med Co (7th Med Com) 15 UH-60A (1990)

Installations

The airfield had an area of 90 ha.

Images

Pictures from 15 September 1982 taken during exercise Reforger '82. Source: DoD
A helicopter UH-1 Iroquois landing to deliver "patients" to the 32nd Combat Support Hospital during exercise Reforger '82. Scene Camera Operator: Hackman
Enlargement: Control tower
Medics from the 32nd Combat Support Hospital carry a "patient" on a litter, from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). Scene Camera Operator: Lynchard
Aerial view of the 32nd Combat Support Hospital. Scene Camera Operator: Hackman

Today

Usage

Closed.
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