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THE LATE FLIGHT: TWO FLUGHÄFEN TEMPELHOF

Berlin´s most famous airport, Zentralflughafen Tempelhof, designed by Ernst Sagebiel (the architect of Görling´s Luftfahrtministerium in Wilhelmstraße, now the Federal Ministry of Finance) and built by the Nazis in 1936-1941, was not actually used for passenger traffic until after WWII. Its official opening, planned for 1939, never took place: the war caused significant delays in construction and it was not until much later that the airport could begin serving civilians.

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A section of the 1928 aerial map of Berlin (through Tagesspiegel) showing the old airport and its surroundings in 1928.

The old Flughafen Tempelhof, located where the Columbiadamm entrance to today´s park Tempelhofer Feld is now, was used for civilian traffic until late 1930s, when passenger planes were re-located to Flugplatz Rangsdorf. The Nazis feared, and not without a reason, that Zentralflughafen could become an air-raid target.

The ruins of the old Flughafen Tempelhof were removed in the 1950s. One of the the main streets which led to its entrance is now the dead end of Lilienthalstraße, capped shortly before Columbiadamm.

Zentral-Flughafen Berlin (Nr. 9046)

A 1930s image of the old Flughafen Tempelhof (through Bundesarchiv).

 

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