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Berlin's Tempelhof Airport to be closed
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/07 | Kirsten Grieshaber - ap

Posted on 12/04/2007 2:27:20 PM PST by NormsRevenge

BERLIN - Historic Tempelhof Airport — which played a key role in the Berlin airlift in the wake of World War II — will close to passengers in 2008, Germany's top administrative court confirmed Tuesday.

The court threw out a bid to prevent Tempelhof's closure as part of plans to expand Schoenefeld airport, a former military airport on the city's outskirts, into Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport.

Several airline companies that use the centrally located Tempelhof airport tried to block the closure.

But the Leipzig-based Federal Administrative Court rejected their claims, approving an earlier decision by a Berlin-Brandenburg administrative court that argued in February that acceptable alternatives were available and that the move did not infringe on the airlines' rights.

The money-losing Tempelhof is scheduled to shut on Oct. 31, 2008. Three airlines still using Tempelhof — Brussels Airlines, the German carrier Cirros Airlines and the Austrian company Intersky — will be required to reroute their flights to Berlin's Schoenefeld airport starting Nov. 1.

Tempelhof, which opened in 1923, was expanded under the Nazis into a huge, horseshoe-shaped complex. Its massive terminal is one of the most prominent remaining examples of the era's architecture in Berlin.

After World War II left the city divided into east and west, Tempelhof became the hub of the nearly yearlong, U.S.-led Berlin airlift when the Soviets blockaded West Berlin in 1948.

Tempelhof — the closest of the city's three international airports to downtown Berlin — is now used only for short-haul flights with small aircraft.

While it is too small for many modern jets, its backers value its location.

Schoenefeld will be expanded into the capital's new hub, Berlin-Brandenburg International, by 2011. Berlin's Tegel Airport also is slated to close.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airport; berlin; closed; tempelhof; wwii

Aerial view of the city airport Tempelhof in Berlin on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. Historic Tempelhof Airport — which played a key role in the Berlin airlift in the wake of World War II — will close to p_assengers in 2008, Germany's top administrative court confirmed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


1 posted on 12/04/2007 2:27:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: StarCMC

FOLLOW-UP Pingeroo!


2 posted on 12/04/2007 2:27:58 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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Aerial view of the city airport Tempelhof in Berlin on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007. Historic Tempelhof Airport — which played a key role in the Berlin airlift in the wake of World War II — will close to p_assengers in 2008, Germany's top administrative court confirmed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


3 posted on 12/04/2007 2:28:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

My friend the Candy Bomber will probably be a little melancholy about it.


4 posted on 12/04/2007 2:31:37 PM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Tegel is a much better airport. I like the round design. Can’t get lost..........


5 posted on 12/04/2007 2:34:41 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: NormsRevenge

6 posted on 12/04/2007 2:37:34 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Berlin Airlift was one of the most remarkable examples of the triumph of American capitalism over totalitarianism.

Not only in terms of the American can-do attitude in the face of Leftist negativity, but the sheer logistical muscle that the United States was able to generate.

High school kids should be reading inspiring stories about real world victories such as the Berlin Airlift as opposed to depressing, naval gazing neurotica like Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies.

Oh and free Germany...You’re welcome.


7 posted on 12/04/2007 2:38:03 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: NormsRevenge

IIRC, the original design allowed aircraft to taxi totally underneath cover. Taxiing in hangars is never done today, but in the 30’s when they built this thing it was common. The terminal building is huge.


8 posted on 12/04/2007 2:40:31 PM PST by Captain Pike
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To: All

coincidentally, the FR Canteen thread for yesterday..

FReeper Canteen ~ Berlin Airlift Part 1 ~ Dec. 3, 2007 ^
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1933769/posts


9 posted on 12/04/2007 2:42:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ve seen some old photos of Templhof...looks like a huge “temple”
to the early age of aviation.
IIRC, after US occupation forces moved in, one of the first things done
was to set up a basketball court in one of the voluminous areas
inside the airport structures.


10 posted on 12/04/2007 2:46:22 PM PST by VOA
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To: NormsRevenge

good read.


11 posted on 12/04/2007 2:52:12 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: VOA

From 1985-1988 I was in charge of the control tower at Templehof. From the air, Tempelhof looks like a stylized eagle.


12 posted on 12/04/2007 2:52:56 PM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: Captain Pike

AIIRC, the huge open grass field allowed landings and takeoffs in any direction, always into the wind.

What will the City of Berlin do with all that real estate?


13 posted on 12/04/2007 2:53:12 PM PST by elcid1970
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To: NormsRevenge

Reading this got me to wondering what had happened to the 4th airport - Gatow. It looks like it was turned back over to the Luftwaffe in 1994 and subsequently shut down.


14 posted on 12/04/2007 4:15:40 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

http://www.spiritoffreedom.org/airlift.html
The Berlin Airlift

15 posted on 12/04/2007 4:23:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

The French pulled off the best stunt of the Berlin Airlift. When they built the runway at Tegel, the broadcast towers for Soviet controlled Radio Berlin were located in the French zone and positioned so as to interfere with the use of the runway. The French proceeded to unilaterally blow them up.


16 posted on 12/04/2007 4:29:19 PM PST by PAR35
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To: ops33

I helped shut down the 690ESG there in 1993/4. Spent many a night in the bowling alley upstairs drinking cold Kindls!


17 posted on 12/04/2007 4:49:05 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Old Sarge

Thanks for the ping Sarge — I’ll add the link to this story onto Part 4 of the Berlin Airlift Canteen threads! *HUG*


18 posted on 12/05/2007 5:46:13 AM PST by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com; http://starcmc.wordpress.com/ - The Enemedia is inside the gates.)
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To: elcid1970

One of the little known footnotes about Tempelhof concerns the East German shepard. Shortly after the wall went up, and when there were still some gaps in its construction, an East German shepard escaped into West Berlin with some of his sheep. Without any open space to graze his flock he was given permission to put his sheep on the infield at Tempelhof. When I served there in the mid-80’s his flock had grown to about 100 sheep with a portable electric fence and a dog. To my knowledge, there was never a problem with his sheep getting loose on the airfield. Every year at Christmas the base would set up a lifesize Creech scene in front of the main building. The scene would also include several of the shepard’s sheep. It became a standing prank for the single GI’s to steal the sheep and let them loose to run up and down the hallways of the barracks. GI’s, you gotta love ‘em!


19 posted on 12/05/2007 6:00:45 PM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: PAR35

Currently, it houses the Luftwaffe museum.


20 posted on 12/05/2007 6:01:28 PM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: ops33

Ah, yes, Berlin...
78-81, Teufelsberg.

Thank you for your service, Ops33.


21 posted on 01/06/2008 7:27:34 PM PST by HiJinx (~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~)
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To: HiJinx

Wasn’t that a great assignment!!


22 posted on 01/07/2008 4:35:20 AM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: Alas Babylon!

I lived right down the hall from the bowling alley on the 6th floor. I was in the barracks there 3/73 - 3/75. At the far end of the hall was the entrance to “Heavy Radar”, the transmitters and receivers for the FPS-67 RADAR where I worked. Talk about a short commute!

I had many a Becks beer in the bowling alley.


23 posted on 04/24/2008 5:16:58 AM PDT by 109ACS (Humpty Dumpty was pushed!)
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To: NormsRevenge

60 years after the Berlin Airlift. Probably a good anniversary time.


24 posted on 04/24/2008 5:25:40 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: HiJinx
Someone just resurrected this old thread....

So here's another thing we have in common, besides your Dad's home town!

I removed a lot of equipment from T-Berg back in 1993-6 as we drew down our forces and ESC closed shop there. Quite a view up there! But at least when I was there, there were no missiles pointed directly at me like you had!

Let me know if you ever come out this way. We can swap stories!

25 posted on 04/24/2008 10:04:31 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

Will do...


26 posted on 04/24/2008 12:25:42 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks to whomever resurrected this old thread - I didn’t see the first one.

Tempelhof was great duty: Served as a Russian voice intercept operator in the USAF Security Service (203) in 1964/65. Tracked the Soviet air order of battle in E. Germany. Big radar installation in violation of the Four Power Accords, but very effective intercept post. You could ride the ‘ferris wheel’ elevators (jumping on and off) down to the catacombs and see the bullet holes and flame thrower marks in the walls.

Had an apartment at 25 Paulinen Strasse, BMW one-lunger motorcycle and the best beer on the planet for about 25 cents/ltr. When I was shipped out, went around to some of the local Kneipe’s buying up souvenir pils glasses - still have several - Berliner Kindl, Dortmund, Schultheiss... etc.

Ahh youth...


27 posted on 04/24/2008 12:41:14 PM PDT by esopman (Blessings on Freepers Everywhere (and Their Most Intelligent Designer))
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