Nellingen: Army Heliport AHP

Nellingen Barracks

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CoordinatesN484303 E0091604 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1260 ft
Federal stateBaden-Württemberg
Location indicatorDBNL (195x), EDIS (196x-1992)
Map with location of Nellingen Army Heliport
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Nellingen


At the end of the 1930s a Luftwaffe air base was established in Nellingen. After 1945 the object was occupied by US troops, which built here the "Nellingen Barracks" barracks. This included a heliport on which numerous machines were stationed, including Dust Off helicopters for casualty evacuation. In 1992 the US troops withdrew and the area was converted to the town district Scharnhauser Park.

Location of airfield

The airfield was located about 12 km southeast of Stuttgart city center.

During World War II


Luftwaffe air base.


Map with Nellingen Luftwaffe air base in 1944
Nellingen Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1944 - (McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA /MULDA/)


Nellingen air base
The installations of the former Nellingen Air Base on a US map from 1952 - (AMS M841 GSGS 4414, Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)

During the Cold War


US Army helicopter base until early 1990s.

In the 1940s


Approach chart Stuttgart Airport from 1948 with Nellingen
On this approach chart for Stuttgart airport from 1948, Nellingen is either still or already again listed as landing ground.

In the 1950s


Nellingen on a map from 1951
Nellingen on a map from 1951

Additional information

Airfield Survey 1953

In 1953 and 1954, survey tours took place to identify future air bases for the German Air Force. Old airfields were visited and assessed, if a field can be used, if technical facilities and housing are available und if an extension of the runway up to 2500 m or 3000 m is possible.
For Nellingen it was found that the already small movement area (800 m x 1000 m, 2625 ft x 3280 ft) is now even smaller due to newly built quarters and four-storied family buildings. In addition, roads and stands for tanks are under construction. It was believed that the area is unusable, not extendable and unsuitable to be used as an airfield.

In the 1960s


Map Nellingen US Army Heliport 1967
Nellingen Heliport on a map from 1967


  • 09/27: 274 m x 91 m Asphalt

Radio communication

  • Nellingen Radio 122.1, 33.6, 31.8


Nellingen Mil 737, 821.

Airspace and procedures

Operated Monday-Friday 0700-1600Z, Saturday 0700-1100Z; use on Sundays, US and German holidays require prior permission.
Approach 090°, departure 270°. Traffic pattern to the north in 2000 ft MSL, avoid overflight of kaserne and housing area.


An antenna 22 m high is located 150 m southeast of runway 27.

Additional information

In 1963, Malmsheim is an auxiliary airfield for Nellingen.

In the 1970s


Nellingen helipad on a map from 1976
Map from 1976 - The eastern taxiway from the hangar ramp to the runway has been closed and replaced by a hover lane more to the west.
Nellingen Army Heliport AHP and Nellingen Barracks, Germany 1977
Nellingen Army Heliport AHP an Nellingen Barracks on a US satellite image from 03 July 1977
Source: U.S. Geological Survey


Mil 2724, extension 7227

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Map of Stuttgart airspace from 1984
Map with airspace around Stuttgart in 1984


Data for the year 1990:
  • 09/27: 274 m x 91 m

Radio communication

  • Nellingen Advisory/Radio 30.6, 30.75, 138.6, 358.2


DSN 421 -6xxx (1990)


Two antennas 24 m high 46 m southeast of main parking area. Lighted windspeed direction indicator 6 m high is located 164 m northwest of the main parking area.


45th MedCo: 15 UH-60A; 7-159 Avn: 4 UH-1H (1990)


The area of the Nellingen Barracks covered 124,335 ha (Source: BICC)

In the 1990s and 2000s


Nellingen control tower
Tower (2000)
Nellingen gate
Building (2000)
Nellingen police helicopter
10 years after the US helicopters have left Nellingen ...
Nellingen helicopter
... there is helicopter action again at the former airfield during a police show (2002)



The airfield is closed. The area (Barracks and Airfield) has been converted to the housing area "Scharnhauser Park".



  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Allied map
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