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Wiesbaden Military AirfieldHistory of Wiesbaden Army Airfield

The area that is presently Wiesbaden Army Airfield has a long history of use as festival grounds. As early as 1184 a national festival was held on the grounds and the German emperor Friedrich I, knighted his sons there.

In later years a racetrack, which was well known throughout Europe for its excellent horse racing competition, was built on the site. On May 11, 1913 Prince Heinrich of Prussia landed in a field near the racetrack, thus completing the first recorded landing by an aircraft on what is now Wiesbaden Army Airfield. Around 1917, due to a decline in racetrack attendance, sponsors included aerial demonstrations as a regular part of the program. During these flying programs some of the most famous German stunt pilots made their appearance at Wiesbaden. Wiesbaden was not used as a military aerodrome during the First World War.

In 1926 a retired German Flying Corps officer, Joseph Aumann, conceived the idea of turning the racetrack into an airfield. Although Aumann's idea did not win public approval he managed to convince city officials that the airfield would attract more visitors to the Spas of Wiesbaden and stimulate business in Wiesbaden and Mainz.

In late March 1945 Fliegerhorst Wiesbaden was abandoned by the Luftwaffe and occupied by advancing American soldiers. U.S. troops remained on Fliegerhorst Wiesbaden after the war, and in September 1947, the U.S. Army Air Corps became a separate service—the U.S. Air Force. At that time in 1948, Fliegerhorst Wiesbaden was designated Wiesbaden Air Base and was the home of Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Europe.

During the Berlin Airlift of 1949, airmen from Wiesbaden distinguished themselves in support of "Operation Vittles". C52's and C84 "Flying Boxcars" of the 60th Troop Carrier Group flew missions daily from Wiesbaden to Tempelhof Airport in the beleaguered city of Berlin. During one day's operations more than 80 tons of food and supplies were airlifted from Wiesbaden Air Base. The streets on Wiesbaden Army Airfield are named after servicemen that gave their lives during the Berlin Airlift.

In 1976 USAFE and all USAF flying units moved to Ramstein and were replaced at Wiesbaden Air Base by an U.S. Army Mechanized Infantry Brigade. During this period flying activities at Wiesbaden were greatly reduced. In 1983 the unit was de-activated and the decision made to use the Air Base for its primary purpose—that of an aviation facility. Although it retained the name Wiesbaden Air Base, at that time Wiesbaden AAF became the primary airfield of the U.S. Army V Corps.

Wiesbaden now serves as the home station of the 221st Base Support Battalion, 1st. Armored Division Headquarters, 3d COSCOM, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, and C Company of the 5th Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment. In 1998 the Air Base was officially renamed Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

 

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General Info
Country Germany
ICAO ID ETOU
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 50.049819
50° 02' 59.35" N
Longitude 8.325397
008° 19' 31.43" E
Elevation 461 feet
141 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 000° E (01/05)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency U.S.ARMY
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR 30.1
142.35
122.1
278.15
PMSV METRO
Full svc dur afld opr hr.
140.3
OPS
Opr 0600-1900Z++ Mon-Fri, unattended US hol, clsd GM hol and weekends.
74.1
GND 138.55
396.8
EMERG FM 40.5
FRANKFURT DEP 120.15
362.4
ATIS 139.525
250.9
FRANKFURT ARRIVAL 120.8
252.45
Communications Remarks  
PMSV PMSV com N of Taunus mt severely rstd blw 3000' MSL, btn 270 and 360 .


Runways
ID
Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 7065 x 120 feet
2153 x 37 meters
ASPHALT 053FBWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN WIB WIESBADEN 088X - At Field -
NDB WBD WIESBADEN - 399 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel JP-8, SemiKeroscene MIL Spec T-83133, without icing inhibitor


Remarks
CAUTION 3' hi unmrk obst incl raised PSP and bird dispersal devices in all sod areas. 7'hi fence 400' fr rwy ends.
FUEL Avbl dur opr hr, OT PPR. J8
LGT Nstd step 2 rwy lgt ctl by pilot when twr clsd. Key mike 5 times for med, 3 times wi 5 sec for lo - 122.1
MISC Wx obsn avbl dur afld opr hr. Vis determination fr offl obsn pt is obscured fr ESE thru SW. Wx briefing avbl 1 hr prior to tkof dur sched afld opr hr. Wx briefings avbl for flt with PPR outside nml sched afld opr hr by arng. Fone DSN 337-4118/4109. OT ctc USAFE OWS, DSN 496-6145/6 or C+49-(0)632-676145/6.
NS ABTMT See VFR ARR/DEP RTE EUR. All pilots rqr lcl area NS ABTMT briefing prior to tfc pat and/or any trng wi CTLZ or Sub Copter Trng Area. Quiet hr 1200-1400Z++ msn essential flt only.
OPR HOURS Opr 0600-1900Z++ Mon-Fri, unattended US hol, clsd GM hol and weekends. Exp freq short ntc chg to opr hr announced by NOTAM. Fone DSN 337-5662/5115 C0611-705-5662/5115; fax DSN 337-5411.
RSTD OFFL GOVT BUS ONLY. 2 working days PPR for all flt outside nml wkd opr hr and anytime wkend, US and GM hol. Do not opr wx radar wi 500' of C ramp. PPR for all civ flt (exc CTLZ trns), tran IFR arr, and Code 6 and abv. 10 working days PPR for civ acft ldg permit. Ctc 421st Med Evac Bn SDO/SDNCO, DSN 337-7382 if afld OPSunattended. PPR for acft flt/gnd ops dur quiet hr. Ctc gnd prior to eng start.

Runway 07/25

7065 x 120 feet
2153 x 37 meters

Runway 07
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 073.0
Latitude 50.047053
50° 02' 49.39" N
Longitude 8.311031
008° 18' 39.71" E
Elevation 456.0 feet
139 meters
Slope 0.1°
Landing Distance 7065 feet
2153 meters
Takeoff Distance 7215 feet
2199 meters
Overrun Length 150 feet
46 meters
Overrun Surface ASPHALT
Lighting System PCL
HIRL
REIL
PAPI

Runway 25
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 253.0
Latitude 50.052603
50° 03' 09.37" N
Longitude 8.339836
008° 20' 23.41" E
Elevation 461.0 feet
141 meters
Slope -0.1°
Landing Distance 6944 feet
2117 meters
Takeoff Distance 7215 feet
2199 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 121 feet
37 meters
Overrun Length 150 feet
46 meters
Overrun Surface ASPHALT
Lighting System PCL
HIRL
BP
PAPI

Navaids

WIESBADEN
Type ID Channel Freq Country State
TACAN WIB 088X - Germany -
Latitude Longitude Airport
50.046167
50° 02' 46.20" N
8.310833
008° 18' 39.00" E
ETOU

Navaids

WIESBADEN
Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB WBD - 399 Germany -
Latitude Longitude Airport
50.049000
50° 02' 56.40" N
8.328667
008° 19' 43.20" E
ETOU

 


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