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USSR Sperenberg

Last modified: 14 Jul 2015, submitted by: Dr. Mabuse

Country: Germany    Region: BBG

Locale: Sperrenberg

Latitude: 52° 8' 23" N     Longitude: 13° 18' 19" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Former Soviet airbase Кассетники Диктофоны Радио Фотоаппараты Видеокамеры Сотовые Карманные was a key location for the Soviet forces in East Germany. It was a transport airfield equipped with heavy transport types such as IL-76 and AN-22. The airfield was the sole operational site of a single An-26L (14 Orange, c/n 00607), used for airfield and NAVAID calibration but also hosted attack helicopters, as well as out-stationed and transitting bombers. In 1990, attached stationed units included:
- 113 OVE opetaing Mil Mi-6, Mil Mi-8, Mil Mi-9, Mil Mi-24
- 226 OSAP operating An-12, An-24, An-26, Tu-134
- 39 ORAO opeating Ilyushin Il-20, Ilyushin Il-22

Former GDR head of state Erich Honecker spent his last night on German soil at Sperenberg in 1991 before being flown to Moscow.


In 2009, the 2400 ha of land covering the airfield and the surrounding former developments were handed back from the Federal Government to the state of Brandenburg. The site, open to the public and hence widely vandalised, is rented out to commercial companies for use as an open air testing facility, included railed-based test tracks installed by both TUV and DEKRA for crash tests

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