Thank you Tempelhof!

The countdown is on: in 13 days Tempelhof Airport will shut down
On 30 October 2008, the last planes will take off from Tempelhof Airport. After more than 80 years of flight operations and 123 years of aviation at Tempelhof, an important chapter in the history of European aviation will draw to a close. At the same time, with the closure of the airport, Berlin Airports is taking a big step towards the realisation of the most important future project of the German metropolitan region: the concentration of the air traffic at the new Capital Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI by 2011.

Berlin Airports would like to say farewell over the next few days with 10 historical photographs of Tempelhof Airport. The pictures show some of the milestones in Tempelhof’s history: from the first flight attempts of the American Orville Wright during the Berlin Flight Weeks of 1909 to the opening of the Tempelhof airfield in 1923 to the era of the air lift from May 1948 to May 1949.

The photographs are ushered in by a picture of the Kaiser’s parade on the Tempelhof airfield from the year 1890: before the opening of Tempelhof Airport, the Tempelhof field was not only used as a practice area for the first flight attempts and as a nearby recreational area for the Berliners, but also for political events, for example the annual military parade on the Kaiser’s birthday.

Spokesman Lars Wagner

Lars Wagner Head of the Press Office / Spokesman
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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