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KoordinatenN484653 E0085507 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1400 ft
Federal stateBaden-Württemberg
Map with location of Malmsheim airfield
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Malmsheim
by Bert Kondruss

General

Malmsheim airfield was built in the 1930s for the Luftwaffe. After 1945 it served as a auxiliary airfield. On the area to the north of the concrete runway, a gliding airfield has been established, which is also used for parachute jumps by the Bundeswehr and the US troops. At the north-west end, a mobilization base was set up, on which a SAR helicopter was temporarily stationed.
In the meantime, the auxiliary airfield has now been closed. In the northern area, the mobilization base was demolished and a research center has been built. The glider field is still used, but is to be closed in the long term.

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe airfield.

Situation

Map with Malmsheim Airfield in World War II
Malmsheim Airfield in World War II on a US map from 194x (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, Lizenz: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

During the Cold War

Usage

Reserve airfield.

In the 1960s

Usage

Malmsheim Army Flight Activities (AFA) is a reserve airfield for the Nellingen Army Heliport (AHP).

Runways

  • 08/28: 945 m (ca.) hard surface
Numerous dirt-filled demolition craters on the runway.

Airspace and procedures

No facilities, unattended auxiliary airfield.
Call Nellingen Mil 835/675 for information and/or clearance to use.
Glider flying on weekends and German holidays.
Traffic pattern south in 2000 ft MSL.

Obstacles

Antennas, 12 m (40') high, and buildings on both sides of the runway at western end.

In the 1970s

Overview

Malmsheim Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1977
Malmsheim Airfield on a US satellite image from 03 July 1977 - The mobilization base, which has since been demolished meanwhile, can be seen in the north. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 08/26: 980 m x 80 m Asphalt
  • 08/26 Grass

In the 1990s and 2000s

Overview

Images

Malmsheim airfield: former runway
Former runway (2001)
Remains of former railway at Malmsheim airfield.
Remains of former railway to the Luftwaffe airfield - Western part of the airfield, looking north (2001)

Today

Usage

The hard-surfaced runway is used for car test driving. A glider airfield with a grass runway is next to it. The mobilization depot in the north has been demolished, the area is used for a research and development center.

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Alliierte Planskizze
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