The airfield was founded on this site in 1912. At the time, Fokker had his construction facilities in Berlin, but moved them here in 1913. On this site, about 2.000 Fokker airplanes were built before and during World War I. Among these was the famous Fokker Dr.I - the triplane which Manfred von Richthofen was flying during 19 of his 80 aerial victories.
After World War I, Fokker moved his facilities to the Netherlands and things became quiet around the airfield...
It was kept as an auxiliary airfield during the 1920s and then expanded to a larger airport in 1932.
In 1934, the still secret "Fighter Group S." was founded here which in April 1935 was renamed to "Sturzkampfgeschwader S." (Dive Bomber Squadron S.). Also in 1935, next to the airport, the facilities of the "Luftzeugamt S." (Aircraft Administration S.) were built, an agency that received aircraft from the factories for the installation of military equipment.
From here, the aircraft were delivered to operational units, schools or support units.
During World War II, a lot of different fighter suqadrons as well as administrative offices and training units were stationed here.
In April of 1945, the last units left the airfield before it was taken by U.S. forces on May 1, 1945.
On July 1, 1945, the Americans gave control over the airport to the Red Army.
Soviet soldiers moved into the barracks of the airfield.
The area was seperated into a military and an industrial part, the landing strip became farming ground and the technical facilites were used for industrial production and storage.
After the cold war had ended in 1991, the last Soviet units (an anti-aircraft missile regiment) left the remaining military part of the airfield in 1993. Since then, most of the buildings have been demolished. What's left is exposed to the elements and gradually reclaimed by nature.
Visited: April 12, 2014
Location: Undisclosed, Germany