Zerbst: Air Base

Аэродром Цербст

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Coordinates: N520000 E0120845 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 269 ft
Location Indicator: EDUZ




Former East Germany ("GDR"), Bezirk (District) Magdeburg;
today Federal State of Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt).
Germany during the Cold War

Location of airfield

About 5 km northeast of the center of Zerbst.

During World War II


Luftwaffe air base.


Zerbst Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1943 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)


Zerbst airfield on a US map from 1952 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War


Soviet air base.

In the 1950s


Units in 1954

- Headquarters Soviet fighter division
- Soviet fighter regiment (P. O. Box 62 512),
- Soviet reconnaissance regiment with Ilyushin Il-10
- A total of 20 MiG-15/MiG-15U were counted at the airfield.
Source: BND/Bundesarchiv B 206/3033
(For the P. O. Box numbers the digits 3 and 5 may be confused, because they are difficult to distinguish in the source document)

In the 1960s


  • 1966
    Observation by the US Military Liaison Mission: "New and improved air defense equipment was introduced into aircraft, ordnance, and electronic inventories. The most significant was the twin-jet (Yak-28P) FIREBAR interceptor aircraft with ANAB air-to-air missiles. This was the first time the FIREBAR was observed deployed outside the USSR. To date only the Zerbst air defense regiment is known to be equipped with this new fighter."
    Source: /USMLM 1966/
  • February 1966
    Observation by the US Military Liaison Mission: "The deployment of an air defense regiment from Zerbst to Koethen was observed"
    Source: /USMLM 1966/


Yak-28P FIREBAR, probably from Zerbst, in 1966:
Source: /USMLM 1966/

In the 1970s


Zerbst Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - The blue lines mark the allied air corridors from and to Berlin. Zerbst is located below the southern corridor (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Data for the year 1990:
  • 07/25: 2500 m x 60 m Concrete
  • 07/25: 2500 m x 75 m Grass

Radio beacons

Data for the year 1990:
  • LOM 25: 708 "KJ", 3890m
  • LMM 25: 345 "K", 1270m
  • LOM 07: 708 "ZB", 5100m
  • LMM 07: 345 "Z", 950m
  • RSBN: Channel 17
  • PRGM: Channel 20

Radio communication



1990: 35 IAP (MiG-29, MiG-29UB, MiG-23UB)



General aviation (EDUZ).


  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Allied Map
  • /USMLM 1966USMLM 1966/:
    United States Military Liaison MissionUnited States Military Liaison Mission: "Unit History 1966Unit History 1966"
  • Freundt, Lutz: "Sowjetische Fliegerkräfte in Deutschland 1945-1994, Band 3" Edition Freundt Eigenverlag, Diepholz 1999 - Description, pictures, aerial pictures
  • Freundt, Lutz (Hrsg.), Büttner, Stefan: "Rote Plätze - Russische Militärflugplätze in Deutschland 1945 - 1994" AeroLit Verlag, 2007 - Description, pictures, aerial pictures
  • Haderer, Toni: "Der Militärflugplatz Zerbst" Extrapost -Verlag für Heimatliteratur Zerbst, 2002

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