Erding: Air Base

Erding Air Depot

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CoordinatesN481920 E0115655 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1514 ft
Federal stateBayern (Bavaria)
Location indicatorDBED (USAF); DEED, EDSE, ETSE (Luftwaffe)
Map with location of Erding Air Base, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Erding

During World War II


Erding Air Base in World War II on a US map
The old Erding Air Base 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

In the 1950s


US Air Force base, later German Air Force.


Erding US Air Base on a map 1953
The Erding US Air Base on a map from 1953 - The runway is 1685 m (5530 ft) long and is made of steel planks (PSP). In the south, the airfield has a railway siding.
Source: US DoD


  • 08/26: 1685 m ( 5530 ft) x 37 m (120 ft) PSP

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 338 "RD", 260°/4.2 NM to field

Radio communication

  • Tower 3255 kcs, 118.1 Mcs

Additional information

On October 29th, 1952, sighting of an unidentified flying object by a US airman at Erding Air Depot. At about 07:20 local time, a circular silver-colored object was visible for about 20 seconds. It moved at an estimated height of 7000 ft and with a speed of 400 mph in northwestern direction. No target was seen on the radar, no air traffic was reported at this time (Source: Air Intelligence Information Report 38-52, 85th Air Depot Wing, National Archives, Identifier 28951079)

In the 1970s


Erding Air Base, Germany on a US map 1972
Erding Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin

In the 1980s


German Air Force base.


Map of Erding Air Base 1984
Erding 1984
Source: US DoD


  • 08/26: 2517 m x 30 m Concrete

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 338 "ERD", 258°/4 NM to field
  • VORTAC: 113.6 / CH83 "ERD", at field





Aerial picture Erding airfield, Germany 2018
Aerial picture
Source: Datenquelle: Bayerische Vermessungsverwaltung, License: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland (CC BY 3.0 DE)



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