Markgrafpieske: SA-2 Missile Site

Helipad 3110

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CoordinatesN521904 E0135801 (WGS84) Google Maps
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Frankfurt/O
Federal stateBrandenburg
Map with location of Markgrafpieske Helipad 3110, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Markgrafpieske


Markgrafpieske is located about 45 km southeast of the city center of Berlin and 9 km southwest of Fürstenwalde. In GDR times there was an anti-aircraft missile site of the National People's Army (NVA) about 3 km east of the village. It was equipped with missiles of the type SA-2 Guideline (S-75 Dwina/Wolchow). In the 1980s, the unit was referred to as Anti-Aircraft Missile Unit 4121 (FRA-4121). A helipad was designated for this site, which is described below.

Location of airfield

According to the coordinates, the helicopter landing pad was not directly at the missile site, but 1.5 km southeast of the center of Markgrafpieske, between the village and the Autobahn.

During the Cold War

Usage during the Cold War

Helipad 3110 of Anti-Aircraft Missile Unit 4121 (FRA-4121) of former East German Air Force (NVA LSK/LV).

In the 1960s


Markgrafpieske anti-aircraft missile site, East Germany, on a US satellite image 1967
Markgrafpieske Helipad 3110 on a US satellite image from 02 May 1965. Viewing direction is approximately west. - At the bottom of the picture, the village of Rauen is shown. To the left of it is the Berlin - Frankfurt/Oder Autobahn. On the right side of the picture you can see the Kiesweg barracks.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Anti-aircraft missile site, Markgrafpieske, East Germany
Enlargement - The object is surrounded by a wide corridor in which the fence runs. In the northeast corner (on the picture below right) the fence seems to make a special bulge due to the topography of the terrain. The topography also seems to be the reason why this site is not fully circular, compared to other SA-2 sites. Here, the northeastern section of the circle is missing. Interesting is also the area with the semicircle in the south (on the picture on the left).
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Fürstenwalde Kiesweg barracks, Germany
Fürstenwalde Kiesweg barracks
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1970s


Markgrafpieske missile site, 1979
The installation on 16 May 1979 - In the meantime there is a connecting road from the launching site to the barracks in the north
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Markgrafpieske Anti-aircraft missile site on 26 July 1980.
Markgrafpieske Anti-aircraft missile site on 26 July 1980. - 1: firing site; 2: barracks; 3: the helipad should have been in this area; 4: noticeable structure, apparently something has been built here recently, one year before this area was inconspicuous (see picture above), purpose unknown; 5: eastern edge of Markgrafpieske; 6: Rauen
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Main takeoff and landing direction: 270°,
surface: overgrown sand,
usable without crop damage,
Capacity: 1 helicopter.


Stabsnetz S1 2734-759-88

Airspace and procedures

Usable at day and good weather conditions.
Alert time: 60 minutes


Timber-forest: direction 0°, height 15 m.


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