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CoordinatesN512434 E0132014 (WGS84) Google Maps
Former East Germany (GDR)District of Dresden
Federal stateSachsen (Saxony)
Map with location of the Soviet airfield at Zeithain, Germany
Germany during the Cold War Map
The history of the Cold War airfields: Zeithain


On the Soviet military training ground north of Riesa (former "GDR") there was an airfield with an unpaved runway. On western maps the field was called "Zeithain". Little is known about the aeronautical use. At the latest since the withdrawal of the Soviet / Russian occupation forces in the early 1990s, the airfield has been out of service, probably it was not used for a long time before that.
Today the whole area is called "Gohrischheide and Elbniederterrasse Zeithain".

Location of airfield

8 km north of Zeithain.

During the Cold War


Soviet reserve airfield on Zeithain training ground.


Zeithain airfield on a map 1972
Zeithain 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


Zeithain Airfield, Germany, on a satellite image 1970
Zeithain Airfield on a US satellite image from 1970 - Clearly visible is the situation in the northern part of the Soviet training ground
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Zeithain Soviet airfield, Germany
Enlargement - The runway is unpaved
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Soviet auxilliary airfield Zeithain, East Germany
The airfield on July 20, 1972 - There are three decentralization areas that look freshly created
Source: U.S. Geological Survey


Data for the year 1990:
  • 10/28: 3400 m Grass





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