Sperenberg: Air Base

Kummersdorf, Аэродром Шперенберг

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CoordinatesN520813 E0131822 (WGS84) Google Maps
Federal stateBrandenburg
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Sperenberg

During the Cold War


Soviet / Russian airfield until 1994.

In the 1960s


Sperenberg Air Base on a US map from 1969 - (Source: Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley)

In the 1970s


Sperenberg Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972 - (ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin /PCL MC/)


Sperenberg Air Base, Germany, on a US satellite image 1970
Sperenberg Air Base on a US satellite image from ... - The landscape is covered with snow. Clearly visible are the lanes extending from the runway to the west and east.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Sperenberg Airfield, Germany
Sperenberg Airfield - At this time, the parking areas in the north are still missing.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Parked aircraft at the eastern part of Sperenberg airfield
Enlargement: Parked aircraft
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

Radio beacons

Data for the 1970s:
  • LOM 27: 454 "ChC"
  • LMM 27: 221 "Ch"
  • LOM 09: 454 "NZ"
  • LMM 09: 221 "N"

In the 1980s and early 1990s



Data for the year 1990:
  • 09/27: 2500 m

Radio beacons

Data for the 1980s:
  • LOM 27: 221 "ChM"
  • LMM 27: 254 "Ch"

Radio communication

The airfield radio call sign was SOUVENIR (СУВЕНИР).


Units in the year 1990: 113 OVE: Mi-6, Mi-8, Mi-9, Mi-24; 226 OSAP: An-12, An-24, An-26, Tu-134; 39 ORAO: Il-20, Il-22


Railway siding from Sperenberg.


The following pictures were taken in 1994

Terminal building in the western part of the field. Note the name "SPERENBERG" written in cyrillic.
Two of the northern parking positions, occupied by an An-12 and Mi-8.
An-24 on one of the northern parking positions.
A Mi-8 parked at the main taxiway, near the crossing of taxiway RD-3.
Mi-8 in front of the hangar
Mobile control tower, located between the taxiways RD-1 and RD-2. Note the two different glide path antennas.
One of the two airport surveillance radars, located north of the center of the runway. To the left you can see one of the two precision approach radars.
Vehicle with a radio direction finder (DF), seen near the radar site.
Looking across the runway to the southeastern corner of the airbase. Here are one height finder and two RSBN navigation systems.
One of the two RSBN antennas.
Height finder.
Mobile taxiway light.
Fuel truck.





Sperenberg in 2003/2004

These pictures show the airfield about 10 years after closing. Courtesy of Pille - thank you very much!
Runways and taxiways
Runway (1)
Main taxiway (1)
Northern taxiway (1)
Fuel Depot
Fuel depot (1)
Technical building (1)
Lightning protection
Tank (1)
Small tanks (1)



  • Freundt, Lutz: "Sowjetische Fliegerkräfte in Deutschland 1945-1994, Band 3" Edition Freundt Eigenverlag, Diepholz 1999 - Description, aerial pictures, pictures.
  • Freundt, Lutz: "Sowjetische Fliegerkräfte in Deutschland 1945-1994, Band 4" Edition Freundt Eigenverlag, Diepholz 2000 - Additions
  • Stefan Büttner: "Abzug per "Möbelwagen" - Die letzten Tage von Sperenberg" Fliegerrevue 12/94 - Description, pictures, aerial photo
  • M. Winkler: "Do Swidanja Sperenberg" Luftfahrt Journal Oktober 1994 - Report from an aircraft spotter
  • : "Red Stars over Germany (Part 2)" World Air Power Journal (R), Volume 21, Aerospace Publishing Ltd., London, 1995 - Description and pictures
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