Preschen: Air Base


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CoordinatesN513950 E0143802 (WGS84) Google Maps
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Cottbus
Federal stateBrandenburg
Map with location of Preschen airfield
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Preschen


  • On the border with Poland
  • Direct connection to the nearby highway strip
  • Used for introduction of new aircraft types (MiG-19, MiG-29)

During the Cold War


Former East German Airforce (NVA LSK/LV) air base.

In the 1960s


Preschen Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1968
Preschen Air Base and Forst Highway Strip on a US satellite image from 20 May 1968 - 1: Airfield (partially in clouds); 2: taxiway to the highways strip; 3: Forst Highway Strip. Places: Jocksdorf, Groß Schacksdorf
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Taxiway, aircraft revetments
The open aircraft revetments along the taxiway seem to have been built only recently. - The wide aisle leading north is also interesting.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1970s


Map with Preschen Airfield in 1972
Preschen Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - Well recognizable is the location close to the border to Poland (
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin


Preschen Airfield, Germany, 16 May 1979
Preschen on 16 May 1979 - 1: Preschen Air Base; 2: Forst Highway Strip; 3: Taxiway between the air base and the highway strip; 4: Approach lane and outer marker Preschen; 5: Outer marker highway strip; 6: Middle Marker highway strip; 7: railway siding; 8: Preschen village; 9: Jocksdorf village; 10: Connecting road under construction, possibly because of a bypass of the storage area in the north. In the upper right corner you can see the Neisse river, which forms the border to Poland.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Airfield - The field has numerous aircraft shelters.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

Radio beacons

  • LOM 25: 294 "KL"
  • LMM 25: 607 "K"

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Map of Preschen Airfield


  • 07/25: 2500 m x 80 m Concrete
  • 07/25: 2400 m x 50 m Grass
  • 24 southern taxiway

Radio beacons

  • LOM 25: 466 "KL", 4000 m to threshold 25
  • LMM 25: 947 "K", 1100 m to threshold 25
  • LOM 07: 466 "LK", 4320 m to threshold 07
  • LMM 07: 947 "L", 960 m to threshold 07


Maps from the former East German military airfield manual "Verzeichnis 012" (formerly "secret").
Map with Preschen Airfield in the East German airspace with airways
Location of Preschen Airfield - Shown is the airspace in the southern part of East Germany ("GDR") with the allied air corridors as well as the East German airways and radio beacons. Typical for the misleading East German style is that only the western part of Berlin is particularly characterized.
Departure routes from Preschen Airfield
Departure routes
Chart with approach routes to Preschen Air Base in main landing direction
Approach routes in main landing direction
Chart with approach routes to Preschen Air Base in secondary landing direction
Approach routes in secondary landing direction
Map of Preschen Air Base
Preschen Air Base





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