Kirchardt: Highway Strip

Autobahn-Notlandeplatz NLP

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CoordinatesN491308 E0085937 (WGS84) Google Maps
Federal stateBaden-Württemberg
Map with location of Kirchardt Highway Strip, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Kirchardt

Location of airfield

Autobahn A6.

During the Cold War

Usage during the Cold War

Highway Strip.


Kirchardt Highway Strip, Germany, on a US satellite image 1977
Kirchardt Highway Strip on a US satellite image from 03 July 1977
Source: U.S. Geological Survey


There are two larger rest areas at the western end. At the eastern end were two smaller parking loops, which were removed when the Autobahn was expanded to 6 lanes.

Fuel equipment

CEPS pipeline connection to Kirchhardt Highway Strip, Germany
In the GDR, people knew what was going on: - A section of a reconnaissance map of the National People's Army on the pipeline system in the Federal Republic of Germany. NATO pipelines in the CEPS (Central European Pipeline System) are shown in blue here. According to the map the NLP Kirchardt (here called SINSHEIM and circled in red for clarification) was connected to pipeline 45 from Zweibrücken to Heilbronn. The parameters of the pipeline are given in the box: L=length, d=diameter, D=throughput DÜK=jet fuel VG= carburetor fuel DK=diesel fuel, F=capacity, Df=flow, ui=underground installation, P=pumping stations, T=tank farm (belonging to the pipeline), Tm=connected tank farms (military)
Source: NVA, Karte des Rohrleitungsnetzes, Geheime Verschlußsache GVS A 465 445
map legend CEPS pipeline
Excerpt from the map legend
Source: NVA, Karte des Rohrleitungsnetzes, Geheime Verschlußsache GVS A 465 445





The highway strip in 2004
Wires at the southwestern side
The northwestern rest area
The northwestern rest area
Access to the northwestern rest area
The southwestern rest area


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