Former Frankfurt/M Airport

Frankfurt/M: Rebstock Airport

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CoordinatesN500638 E0083703 (WGS84) Google Maps
Map with location of Frankfurt/Main Rebstock airport
Germany during the Cold War
The history of the Cold War airfields: Frankfurt/M Rebstock


Frankfurt Rebstock was opened before the First World War as an airship port. In the 1920s and 1930s Rebstock was the airport for Frankfurt/Main, which was then replaced by the new Frankfurt Rhein/Main airport. In the Second World War the field was used by the Luftwaffe. After 1945, the airfield served the US forces a few years before it was finally closed. Today, the former airfield site houses a residential area as well as the Rebstockpark.

During the 1920s/1930s


Map with Frankfurt Rebstock airfield
Rebstock airport on a map from 1928


Map Frankfurt Rebstock airport 1928
Frankfurt Rebstock on a map in the aeronautical publication from 1928
Aerial picture Rebstock
Aerial picture (ca. 1928)

Airfield characteristics at daytime

In the south, west and north railway dams, in the east forest with a 250 m wide path. Landing sign is constantly deployed, smoking stove in the middle of the moving area, windsock on the administrative building.

Airfield characteristics at night

No permanent night lighting. On request at police station, landing lights from green, white and red fires in line parallel to the wind direction. Land from green over white to red, to the right of the row. In the north-west of the movement area a farmstead, in the south administrative building, in the west water tower with lightning arrester, temporarily unlit.

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Terrain: good sod on clay soil; no wet spots. Shortest rolling distance: in north-south direction 730 m.

Radio communication

Callsign: ddf. Airborne radio and direction finding station for messages and direction-finding traffic. Call wave 333 kHz (900 m), radio and cable station.


Aircraft hangar I: 61 x 22 m, gate opening 40 x 6 m, a running load of 0.5 t load capacity.
Hall I: workshops and storerooms. Halls IIa and IIb: Storage spaces for small aircraft.
Aircraft hangar III: 70 x 30 m, gate opening 50 x 8 m, two trolleys each with a load capacity of 1.5 t.


In Halls II and III: Machines and tools for repairs of any kind. Autogenous welding system. Single-phase alternating current 220 Volt. Spare parts for all aircrafts of the Deutsche Luft Hansa in stock.

Fuel equipment

For 45,000 l, of which 25,000 l is standard fuel of the Deutsche Luft Hansa. Electric tank truck with 1,700 l capacity. Special oil tank.

First aid in the case of accidents

Provided by police. Medical room and operations facility. Nearest doctor in Rödelheim (1 km distance).

Customs, post office, passport

Postal service with telephone and customs clearance available. Passport inspection by police watch.

Accommodation of passengers

In the city. Restaurant in the airport building.


Shuttle service during scheduled take-offs and landings. Taxi cabs on call.


Flight training at the Frankfurt Rebstock airport
Flight training at the Frankfurt Rebstock airport (1917-1925)
Source: ETH
Aerial view of Frankfurt/Main Reichsautobahn
Aerial view of Frankfurt/Main with Rebstock airport and Reichsautobahn (1935)
Source: ETH
Aerial picture Frankfurt/Main Rebstock airfield
Enlargement: Rebstock airfield

During World War II


Luftwaffe airfield.


Frankfurt/Main Rebstock Luftwaffe airfield in World War II on a US map 1944
Frankfurt/Main Rebstock Luftwaffe airfield in World War II on a US map from 1944
Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA

During the Cold War


Map of Frankfurt airfields
In 1951, Rebstock airfield is still shown as an active airfield on this US map





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