Cottbus Air Base

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Cottbus Air Base

Flugplatz Cottbus-Nord
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorFlugplatzmuseum Cottbus
LocationCottbus
Elevation AMSL220 ft / 67 m
Coordinates51°46′7″N 14°17′43″E / 51.76861°N 14.29528°E / 51.76861; 14.29528Coordinates: 51°46′7″N 14°17′43″E / 51.76861°N 14.29528°E / 51.76861; 14.29528
Websitehttp://www.flugplatzmuseumcottbus.de/
Map
Cottbus is located in Germany
Cottbus
Cottbus
Location of airport in Germany
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 7,741 2,360 Concrete

Cottbus Air Base (German: Flugplatz Cottbus-Nord"Airport Cottbus-North") (ICAO: ETHT) is a former military airport 2 km (1.2 miles) north-west of Cottbus in Brandenburg, Germany.

History[edit]

During World War II the air base in Cottbus was used by the Luftwaffe and during the 1970s and '80s by the National People's Army. Following German reunification until 2004, the air base was also used by the Bundeswehr.[1]

Present[edit]

The airport is currently closed to air-traffic, although the concrete paved runway has been designated for use by cargo flights in the event of an emergency. There is an aerospace museum on site and most of the runway is now used for a photovoltaic cell storage plant.

Future[edit]

Having been bought by the local government in 2007,[2] the city of Cottbus plans to turn the former air base into an industrial park, creating around 1,000 jobs.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flugplatz Cottbus". Military Airfield Directory (in German). Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Flugplatz Cottbus-Nord im Süden Brandenburgs verkauft" (PDF). Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (in German). Retrieved 10 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Property". Cottbus.de. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  4. ^ Becker, Jürgen (25 July 2007). "Auf Ex-Flugplatz Cottbus-Nord sollen 1000 Jobs entstehen". Lausitzer Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 10 January 2010.

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