Berlin-Staaken Airfield


Berlin: Berlin-Staaken Airfield

Dallgow, Dalgow, Аэродром Берлин Штакен

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN523204 E0130657 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 149 ft
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Potsdam
Federal stateBrandenburg, Berlin
Map with location of Berlin Staaken airfield
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Berlin Staaken

In the 1920/30s


Staaken aerial picture 1928
Aerial picture from 1928
Source: Geoportal Berlin / Luftbilder 1928, Maßstab 1:4000; Datenlizenz Deutschland - Namensnennung - Version 2.0,
Map of Staaken airfield in the aeronautical publication 1931
Staaken airfield on a map in the aeronautical publication from 1931
Aerial view Staaken
Aerial picture from the end of the 1920s or beginning of the 1930s - Looking to the southeast

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Good sod on sandy soil. Swamp formation in the southwest corner of the field. Shortest rolling distance 1000 m in all directions.


6 Aircraft hangars:
2 hangars: 60,8 x 30,4 m
2 hangars: 99,0 x 25,0 m
1 hangar: 60,0 x 22,0 m
1 hangar: 25,0 x 8,0 m


Workshops: Contain all machines and tools necessary to repair metal and wood aircraft. Electric current 220 V AC. Spare parts for all airplanes of the Deutsche Luft Hansa in stock.

Fuel equipment

Fuel Equipment:
For a total of 90,000 liters of gasoline, 3,000 liters of oxyde and 3000 liters of benzene. Hydrogen gas for airship purposes.


Sablatnig biplane in front of the hangar in Staaken
Sablatnig biplane in front of the hangar in Staaken
Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-072-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark,
Crash landing of AEG JII K, D 26 of Deutsche Aero Lloyd
Crash landing of AEG JII K, D 26 of Deutsche Aero Lloyd at Staaken (April 14th, 1923)
Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Fotograf: Unbekannt / Ans_05338-01-034-AL-FL / Public Domain Mark,
Staaken airfield 1924
Staaken 1924
Aircraft demonstraction flight Staaken 1925, airship hangar
Flugzeug-Schaufliegen in Staaken in 1925, Blick auf den Startplatz mit Luftschiffhalle
Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-01267 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons,,_Staaken,_Schaufliegen,_Flugplatz.jpg
Staaken 1925
Staaken 1925
Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-01266 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons,,_Staaken,_Schaufliegen.jpg

Airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin in Staaken in 1928

"Graf Zeppelin" airship in Staaken 1928
Airship LZ 127 in Staaken
Airship LZ 127 in Staaken
Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-00845 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons,,_Staaken,_Graf_Zeppelin_am_Ankermast.jpg

During World War II




Map with Berlin Staaken airfield in World War II
Berlin Staaken Airfield in World War II on a US map from 1943
Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA

Additional information

The Staaken airfield was used in 1942 twice for scenes in the Karl Ritter Ufa film BESATZUNG DORA (D. 1943, banned). On 27/28 August 1942 the scenes with actress Charlott Daudert on a bicycle were shot there. On 31 October various take-offs, circling, and landing shots with a Junkers Ju 88D aircraft were filmed. The film was an air reconnaissance (Fernaufklärer) propaganda film.
Source: William Gillespie, author of the book THE MAKING OF THE CREW OF THE DORA (2016).

During the Cold War

In the 1940/50s


After World War II, Staaken airfield was used by Soviet flying units, presumably until the 1950s. Previously, an exchange of territories was made: The eastern part of the airfield was located in the British sector of Berlin. At the same time, the western part of the British Berlin Gatow Airfield was located in the Soviet zone. In order to allow reasonable operations at both fields, Soviets and British exchanged the territories. With this, West Staaken became part of East Berlin, later of East Germany. It was not until the political change that West Staaken returned to Berlin again in 1990.
The following map from 1952 shows the location of the Staaken airfield in relation to the other post-war airfields in and around Berlin: Gatow, Johannisthal, Schönefeld, Schönwalde, Tegel und Tempelhof.


Map with airfields in the Berlin area from 1952
Map with airfields in the Berlin area from 1952
Source: USAF


Berlin Staaken airfield aerial view 1953
Aerial picture from 1953
Parked aircraft at Staaken airfield
Parked aircraft in the southeastern part
Staaken airfield hangar with control tower
Hangar with control tower and marking on the roof - The inscription should name the Jägertrapez ("fighter trapeze") "FG7.." in which the airfield was located. The Jägertrapez was a coordinate system which was used by the German Luftwaffe until 1945 to locate places. These coordinates were visibly shown on many airfields.
Aircraft revetments in the north of the airfield
Aircraft revetments in the north
Staaken barracks

Radio beacons

  • NDB: 459 "T"

Radio communication

The Soviet radio station was working on 4150 kc, with the call sign BRONZA.

Railway siding

Track diagram of Berlin Staaken railroad station, 1952
Track diagram of Berlin Staaken railroad station, 1952 - Red marked is the railway siding to the airfield.
Source: CIA / Deutsche Reichsbahn

In the 1960s


Berlin Staaken Airfield, Germany, on a US satellite image 1965
Berlin Staaken Airfield on a US satellite image from 03 May 1965 - The airfield is out of operation, but the two runways are still clearly visible.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Map from 1967 with Berlin Staaken airfield
The airfield on a map from 1967 - The former and now again valid city border running across the airfield is clearly visible. The border which was valid between 1945 (?) and 1990 after the exchange of territories runs along the right side of the map (Courtesy Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University /BYU/)
Former Berlin Staaken airfield 1969
The former airfield on 06 February 1969
Source: U.S. Geological Survey





Berlin Staaken airfield aerial view 2016
Aerial view 2016 - There is a solar park on the former runways



  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Alliierte Planskizze
  • Freundt, Lutz (Hrsg.), Büttner, Stefan: "Rote Plätze - Russische Militärflugplätze in Deutschland 1945 - 1994" AeroLit Verlag, 2007


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