Uetersen Airfield

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Uetersen Airfield

Flugplatz Ütersen-Heist
Flugplatz Uetersen.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlugplatz Uetersen GmbH
LocationHeist, Germany
Elevation AMSL23 ft / 7 m
Coordinates53°38′49″N 009°42′16″E / 53.64694°N 9.70444°E / 53.64694; 9.70444Coordinates: 53°38′49″N 009°42′16″E / 53.64694°N 9.70444°E / 53.64694; 9.70444
EDHE is located in Germany
Location of EDHE
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 900 2,952 Grass
09/27 1.100 3,608 Grass
Main Building
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Uetersen Airfield is an aerodrome near the town of Uetersen in the district of Pinneberg within the municipalities of Heist and Appen.


Already around 1928, there were deliberations to construct a glider landing in Uetersen, but it took several years before the first aircraft could start. In June 1933 the first glider started and 69 gliders were started until 1934. The biggest challenge, however, was that the sports grounds had to share with the local sports clubs and a large number of people were always present.

The airfield was transformed into a military airfield in the summer of 1935 when the runway was completed. On July 25, 1936, the first motor aircraft landed, controlled by a flight-student of the Flying School Magdeburg. The military-airfield was used in World War II by the Ju 52, Heinkel He 111, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 and several crashes occurred, killing people.

It was also connected to the international airfreight network. The German Lufthansa opened on January 29, 1940, the air cargo route Uetersen-Copenhagen.

The Royal Air Force remained here until the end of November 1955.

It was renamed Marseille Barracks (Marseille-Kaserne) on October 24, 1975, after the German World War II fighter pilot Hans-Joachim Marseille.

The private pilot Mathias Rust took off from here on May 13, 1987 flying a Cessna F172P, registration D-ECJB landed in Red Square Moscow.

The airfield was also home of German Air Force Museum Uetersen from 1956 until 1995, when Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr was relocated to Berlin-Gatow.

In the 1970s, a Goodyear Blimp N2A airship was a guest.

Today's airfield is used exclusively for civil purposes.

The wings & wheels event was done annually here.

Airlines Companies, Clubs and destinations[edit]

  • It is the homebase for the business charter operations of Air Hamburg, the biggest company there, also with a Hangar. (flights to Borkum, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Helgoland, Juist, Langeoog, Norderney, Rügen, Sylt, Usedom, Wangerooge)
  • Luftsportverein Kreis Pinneberg e. V. LSV (gliding flight)
  • Sailing club Uetersen e.V. SCU (gliding flight)
  • Aero-Club Pinneberg e.V. (motor flight)
  • Hamburger Luftsport e.V. (roof club of some Hamburg air sports clubs, motor and gliding flight)
  • Canair aviation company and pilot training,
  • Nordcopters GmbH (Helicopter Flight School & Aviation Company),
  • HanseAIR, flying school for private pilots, aerobatics and airplane,
  • AerialSign, (aerial animation).

Major Incidents[edit]

  • 1. On July 29, 1999, a Cessna 152 crashed at landing, a flight instructor died in the aircraft, a flying schoolmate survived seriously injured.
  • 2. On February 12, 2000, a Ruschmeyer R90 crashed on the runway 27. All 3 inmates were killed.
  • 3. On September 2, 2009, a Robinson R22 surrendered in the training company shortly after takeoff. The helicopter was completely destroyed, the pilot survived.
  • 4. On March 18, 2010, a Cessna 152 crashed into the runway. One of the two inmates was easily injured in the accident.
  • 5. On August 7, 2013, a Cessna 172 D-EGUP crashed into a nearby forest after the start. Both inmates were killed.
  • 6. On March 22, 2019, a Van crashed into Trees during Landing with Motor Problems. None of 2 Occupants were injured.


  • The former German Air Force Canadair Sabre CL-13B Mk.6 JB+110 Luftwaffe, Construction Number 1643, without Turbine, is remained displayed outside, when Museum was relocated, as above picture shows.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ North American P-86/F-86 Sabre
  • This article was initially translated from the German Wikipedia.

External links[edit]

Media related to Flugplatz Uetersen at Wikimedia Commons