Bayreuth: Army Airfield AAF

Bindlach, Christensen Barracks

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CoordinatesN495928 E0113757 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1600 ft
Federal stateBayern (Bavaria)
Location indicatorEDEL (1985)
Map with location of Bayreuth Army Airfield, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Bayreuth Army Airfield

Location of airfield

Bindlacher Berg, 1km northwest of Bayreuth Airfield. Bayreuth Army Airfield was located very close to today's Bayreuth Airport, but had its own runway.

During World War II


Luftwaffe airbase.

During the Cold War


US Army airfield.

In the 1960s


The area on a topographical map from 1968 - At the top is the Christensen barracks with the runway of the Army Airfield. The civil Bayreuth airfield is not yet shown here. In its eastern part, an enlongated object similar to a shooting range is drawn in.
Source: Bayerische Vermessungsverwaltung, License: Creative Commons Namensnennung-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland (CC BY-ND 3.0).

In the 1970s


Bayreuth Army Airfield on a US map 1972
Bayreuth Army Airfield on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1972
Source: ONC E-2 (1972), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin


Bayreuth airfield, Germany 1971
Map from 1971 - The runway length is 620 m (2,033 feet) and the width 15 m (50 feet).
Source: DoD

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Bayreuth Bindlach, Germany, on a US satellite image 1980
Bayreuth Bindlach on a US satellite image from 26 July 1980 - 1: Bayreuth Army Airfield; 2: Bindlacher Berg barracks / Christensen Barracks; 3: Bayreuth airfield; 4: ammunition dump; 5: shooting range. Other places: Bindlach, Deps, Dressendorf. Autobahn A9.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Bayreuth Army Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1980
Bayreuth Army Airfield in the north and the Bayreuth Airfield in the southeast.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey





Source: Datenquelle: Bayerische Vermessungsverwaltung, License: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland (CC BY 3.0 DE)
Aerial picture 2017
Aerial picture (2017) - 1: former Bayreuth Army Airfield; 2: former Bindlacher Berg barracks; 3: Bayreuth airfield; 4: former ammunition dump; 5: shooting range.
Former Christensen Barracks, Germany
Bindlacher Berg: Former Fliegerhorst and Christensen Barracks with Army Airfield
Runway Bayreuth Army Airfield, Germany
Enlargement: Last remains of the Army Airfield runway - 1: Maltese cross to mark the helicopter landing spot
Aerial image of Bayreuth Airfield / Airport
Bayreuth Airfield / Airport
Ammuntion depot, shooting range
Former ammuntion depot (top left) and shooting range (bottom right)


Bayreuth Bindlacher Berg Airfield: Remains of the runway
The relics of the former runway in 2001, before construction of the bypass road - The white maltese cross indicated the landing spot for helicopters.




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


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