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Pütnitz Airport

Pütnitz Airport

Abandoned Soviet airport

Crumbling Soviet statues look with sorrow at the decline of one of the most important bases of the Russian air force in East Germany: the Pütnitz airport in Damgarten.

During the Second World War, the Pütnitz military airport, built in 1935, served as a flying school. From 1951 onwards, the airport in East Germany was promoted to one of the most critical support points of the Russian Air Force.

Belgian visit

On May 28, 1958, Belgian fighter pilot Martin Paulus mistakenly crossed the Iron Curtain with his plane Thunderflash, after which 2 Russian MiGs intercepted his aircraft and landed at this airport. A few weeks later, Paulus was released unharmed.

Nuclear weapons

More than 150 fighter planes (MiGs) were ready to strike during the Cold War, and nuclear weapons were reportedly stored there.

On April 11, 1994, the last 48 MiGs left for Russia. The local Technology Museum has another MiG on display.

The aircraft sheds now house the Technik-Museum Pütnitz, which displays old (army) vehicles from the GDR period. A field of solar panels has been installed on the former runway, and the control tower looks lost.

At the barracks around the airport, there is an obelisk and hall of honor for the pilots.

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