Oberschleißheim: Airfield

Schleissheim

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
Coordinates: N481423 E0113342 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 1596 ft
Location Indicator: DBOS (195x), EDOS (US Army), EDPO (Heer), EDNX (civ), EDMX (BuPol)
Operator: US Army / Heer

Location

Map with location of Schleissheim airfield
Germany during the Cold War
Map

General

Oberschleissheim airfield was opened before the World War I and served the Bavarian Air Force. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was used for civil aviation and later developed into a Luftwaffe air base. In 1945, US troops took over the airfield, which was used by the US Army until the 1970s. From 1958 to 1981 there was also an German Army aviation squadron based here. Then the Federal Border Guard, or later, the Federal Police took over the field, which is also used again for general aviation.
From the 1950s onwards, an extensive antenna system from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty was located in the eastern part of the airfield.

During the 1920s/1930s

Situation

Map with location of Schleissheim airfield, ca. 1926
Location of Schleissheim airfield, ca. 1926

Overview

Chart of Schleißheim airfield, ca. 1926
Schleißheim airfield, ca. 1926
Aerial picture of Schleißheim airfield, ca. 1926
Schleißheim airfield, ca. 1926

Airfield characteristics at daytime

Just south of Schloss Schleissheim. In the north-west of the movement area is the inscription "Schleissheim" and 2 white-red radio towers. Landing sign is always deployed. Black-white-red windsack on the central hangar. Movement area boundaries in the north, east and west marked by roads.

Airfield characteristics at night

Permanent night lighting not available. On request at Bavaria South flight control, green, white and red landing lights, in line parallel to the wind direction. Land from green over white to red, to the right of the row.

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Terrain: Good sod on firm ground; About 15 cm Humus layer on gravel.
Shortest rolling length: in direction northeast-southwest 700 m.

Hangars

3 aircraft hangars, including 1 hangar 215.0 x 15.85 m, 1 hangar 89.5 x 15.9 m, 1 hangar 51.0 x 27.3 m. The hangars contain a total of 4 cranes with 0.6 t load capacity each and 2 suspension devices with a load capacity of 1.0 t each.

Workshops

Include all machines and tools necessary for repairing wooden aircraft and for minor repairs of metal aircraft. Autogenous welding system. Electricity: 110/190 V AC. Spare parts accessible not guaranteed from the transport company's stock.

Fuel equipment

For 63 000 l gasoline and benzene. Always 4 000 liters of benzene and benzene in stock.

Railway siding

Without ramp available.

First aid in the case of accidents

Done by airfield's police. Medical room available. Nearest doctor in Schleissheim (1 km distance).

Customs, post office, passport:

Customs clearance and passport control by police station.

Accommodation of passengers

In the Schloßwirtschaft Schleissheim or in Munich.

Connections

Kraftdroschken auf Anruf zu erhalten. Vorortbahn nach München.
/FHB 1928/

During World War II

Usage

Luftwaffe air base.

Situation

Map of airfields in the Munich area in 1944
Schleißheim Airfield in World War II on a US map from 1944 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)

During the Cold War

Usage

Used by US Army and by German Army.

Units

1958-1981: Heeresfliegerstaffel 8 (relocated to Landsberg/Lech: Air Base).

In the 1950s

Situation

Map of airspace in Munich area with the abandoned Schleissheim airfield 1954
The airspace in the Munich area with the abandoned Schleissheim airfield in 1954

In the 1960s

Usage

The airfield is used jointly by the US Army and German Army Aviation. Therefore it has two location indicators: EDOS for the US Army and EDPO for German Army.

Overview

Chart of Oberschleißheim Army Airfield 1967
Oberschleißheim Army Airfield 1967

Radio communication

  • Tower 304.5, 138.35, 122.1, 35.4

Airspace and procedures

Operating times of the US Army Airfield: 24 h
Operating times of the German Army: Monday till Friday 06:00-17:00Z, Saturday and Sunday PPR until 15:00Z, closed on holidays.
Traffic pattern for fixed wing aircraft only north 2500 ft MSL; for helicopters north 2500 ft, south 2100 ft.
Glider flying Monday-Friday from 15:30Z till sunset, Saturday from 12:00Z till sunset, Sunday from sunrise to sunset.

Obstacles

Numerous radio towers on the eastern end of the airfield.

In the 1970s

Situation

Airfields Munich area with Schleißheim 1972
Airfields in the Munich area with Schleißheim in 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

Runways

  • 08/26: 1006 m x 45 m Concrete

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Situation

Map of Munich airfields 1981
Oberschleißheim Airfield shown as "not usable" on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1981 - (ONC F-2 (1981), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

Today

Usage

General aviation.

Situation

Orthophoto 2015
Orthophoto 2015
Aerial picture of former hardstands, constructed by US forces
Former hardstands in the northeast, constructed by US forces - From the 1950s onwards, there was an extensive antenna system from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Aerial picture of the relics of the runway
Relics of the runway
Former hardstands in the southeast, police helipad
Former hardstands in the southeast, police helipad

Links

Image sources

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