Flugplatz Brand

Built: 1938

Abandoned: 1992

Visited: 2016

Brand, Germany

This old airport has a rich military history. It was built in 1938 as a military airport for the German Luftwaffe. There was a grass runway with a length of 1 kilometer. Also barracks and a train station where built. There were no active planes stationed at the site, but it was used as a training school for pilots.

Runways

In 1950, after the Second World War, the Soviet forces extended the small airfield by a 2,5 kilometer long concrete main runway. In 1958 they built another, 2 kilometer long runway. At the end of the main runway there is a parking area with shelters and ammunition bunkers. Also they built hardened aircraft shelter for the planes in the years 1970 until 1983.

Cargolifter

In 1992 the Red Army left Germany and the site was back in German control. In 1996 it was sold to Cargolifter AG. A German company founded in 1996 that offer logistical services through point-to point transport of heavy and outsized loads. This service was based on the development of a heavy lift airship, the CL160, a 550,000 m3 vessel designed to carry a 160-tonne payload. The hangar for production and operation of the CL160 and engineering team facilities was built in 1998. The hangar (360 m long, 220 m wide and 106 m high), a technological marvel in itself, is a freestanding steel-dome “barrel-bowl” construction large enough to fit the Eiffel Tower on its side. The airship was never built and the company went bankrupt in 2002. After the company bankrupted a tropical theme park was opened there.

Photos Flugplatz Brand

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