Ruhland: Highway Strip

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Coordinates: N512559 E0134930 (WGS84)
Map: Google Maps
Airfield ID: 2028

Location

Former East Germany, District of Cottbus;
today Federal State of Brandenburg.
Germany during the Cold War

Location of airfield

Autobahn A13, between the exits Ruhland and Ortrand.

During the Cold War

Usage

Highway strip. It had the East German Forces airfield ID 2028.

Situation

Ruhland on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972

Runways

Data for the year 1990:
  • 03/21: 2000 m Concrete

History

  • 1985 At the meeting of the East German National Defense Council on November 11th, 1985, it was noted: The completion of the highway strip was planned for 1981, but was done not until 1983. It is unsuitable for military use, because:
    - Missing load-bearing capacity of the safety shoulders and unpaved ramps
    - Missing obstacle clearance (deforestation). Source: /NVR/
  • 1988 Observation by the US Military Liaison Mission: "At the Ruhland Highway Strip, the parking areas and taxiways are being widened and improved ... These oibservations suggest the Soviets and East Germans have not abandoned the use of auxiliary airfields, but in fact are making improvements at these strips for safer operations." Source: /USMLM 1988/

Images

Highway strip in 1988:
Source: /USMLM 1988/
Blast fence at the autobahn parking (1994):

Today

Usage

Closed.

Links

Bibliography

  • /USMLM 1988/:
    United States Military Liaison Mission: "Unit History 1988"

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