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    I have a condensed version of the official reason for closing the airport on my website. It all came down to politics (the Berlin Senate wanted it closed because it was in the middle of the city) and a serius lack of interest from the Berlin voters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canberra View Post
    I find it odd that a city (and a capital) of the size of Berlin will soon only have one airport.
    It makes sense when you remember that Berlin is in Germany, one of those countries where the trains work, are clean and comfortable to use, and work as part of an integrated public transport system.

    I had the pleasure of an afternoon walking around the field at Tempelhof last summer, it's been turned into a very pleasant public park and open space for walkers, cyclists, skaters, kite flyers, even RC planes seem to have an area. It's used by a lot of people every weekend, I was quite surprised by how many - I shouldn't have been, Berlin has a strong park culture.

    As a frequent flyer to Berlin, Schönefeld makes more sense as it has the best transport connections of any of the Berlin airports.

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    Default Re: Berlin Tempelhof

    The Big Lift
    Watch from 2.20

    There is a better scene in the film where they approach right through blocks of flats (must be reciprocal landing) - very interesting film using real US aircrew

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AHoj...eature=related

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    Found one of the opp threshold scenes but I am sure there is another head on landing

    watch from 2.00

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-ClS...eature=related

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    Hi Guys, I thought I'd post a few images taken at Tempelhof a number of years ago now. One of my favourite airports to transit through, I used to visit Berlin quite often and flew into Tempelhof a couple of times. These are scans of prints, so are not the best quality.

    Outside the main terminal is this memorial in front of the U-Bahn station Platz der Luftbrucke; lit. "Place of the Air Bridge". The three prongs represent the three routes the Allied aircraft used to fly in and out of Berlin during the Airlift. At the base of the memorial are the names of those who lost their lives on flight ops. That's the terminal in the background.



    This one shows the eagle head that was severed from its body at the end of the war, outside the terminal entrance "Central Flughafen". It used to stand on the plinth on the roof between the two flag poles clutching a swastika in its claws in typical Nazi style. Wonder if there's some guy somewhere in Berlin with an enormous bronze swastika in his garage?!



    Inside the main entrance of the booking hall. Tempelhof came across as one of the most hassle free airports I've ever flown into; this was before 9/11 though. Can anyone confirm if the aircraft suspended from the ceiling are still there now the place has closed?



    Tucked incongrously under a stairwell, and out of general visibility is this token gesture to the frantic activity that took place in Berlin in 1948 -1949. The balding guy to the left is Gail Halvorsen; the original 'Candy Bomber'. I met him in the UK once and showed him these pictures, he smiled and in a relaxed manner, began to tell me about flying in and out of the place. Real neat guy.



    On one of my visits, I decided to go for a look round and much to my surprise discovered this in one of the hangars! Halvorsen said he actually flew that airplane into Tempelhof for preservation after the Airlift. I noticed it sitting in what used to be airside in one of the images posted earlier on this thread. It used to sit outside one of the wings of the terminal building alongside a C-47. I found the spot, which, bare of aircraft still had little display plaques describing each aeroplane type. The C-47 was perched on the roof of the Deutches Technik Museum in town at the time.



    These next ones, although not at Tempelhof are aviation related nonetheless and might be of interest. This building was the Reichs Luftfahrt Ministerium (RLM) during WW2; Hermann Goering's offices. It has been refurbished and now serves as the Finance Ministry of the unified German government. Note the thin grey line running up the wall behind the Land Rover parked centre. That was where the Berlin Wall butted into the building. From that point, every corridor and door was blocked to stop Osties from using the building as a means of getting out. This view is facing toward the East.



    This grand looking building was known during Nazi times as Haus der Flieger, lit. "House of the Flier" and was a casino among other things strictly for Luftwaffe personnel. Note the RLM building in the background. It is located on what used to be known as Prinz Albrecht Strasse and sat right opposite the Hotel Prinz Albrecht, which the Nazis converted into the Reich Sicherheitsdienst, or Reich Security Main Office; the home of the Gestapo and associated thugs, with Reinhard 'The Butcher of Prague' Heydrich at its head. Post war, the remains of the hotel were pulled down and the road was renamed Niedekirchener Strasse after an Ostie who was shot trying to escape. One of the last surviving stretches of the wall in its original sites runs along the opposite side of the road from Haus der Flieger, which is now mayoral offices, I think.

    Last edited by nuuumannn; 07-12-2012 at 04:25.

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    Being honest Im amazed this airfield lasted as long as it did. Once the wall came down Im surprised it wasn't closed immediately. Ive seen film of aircraft landing here during the airlift and Im surprised there weren't a few crashes in to the flats on the approach. One of the runways has the longest displaced threshold Ive ever seen!

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