Praha: Kbely Air Base

Letiště Praha Kbely, Prague Kbely

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CoordinatesN500717 E0143237 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 939 ft
Location indicatorLKKB
Airfield IdPunkt 420
Map with location of Prague Kbely Air Base, Czech Republic
The history of the Cold War airfields: Praha
by Bert Kondruss

During the 1920s/1930s

The following information is taken from the "International Flight Manual" from 1931.

Operator

Ministry of Public Works.

Administrator

Praha State airport, Kbely, near Praha.

Situation

Map with Prague Kbely Airport 1931
Prague Kbely Airport on a map from 1931

Airfield characteristics at daytime

  • Circle with inscription "Praha"
  • Smoke wind indicator
  • movable landing T
  • wind sleeve

Airfield characteristics at night

Location beacon.

Runways, taxiways, aprons

Landing area: 1350 m x 810 m

Communication

Telegraphy, telephony and direction finding, call sign OKL.

Weather station

Weather report office.

Obstacles

  • North: Trees (15 m) and factory chimney (25m),
  • South: High tension cable,
  • West: Buildings (20 m) and location beacon (43 m).

Hangars

Exist.

Workshops

Exist.

Fuel equipment

Petrol, oil.

First aid in the case of accidents

First aid at the airport.

Customs

Permanent customs.

Post office

Post and telegraph office at the airport.

Catering

At the airport.

Timetable

Summer 1928

The timetable for summer of 1928 shows the following scheduled flights:
(Days: 1=Monday ... 7=Sunday)
32 Malmö (Bulltofta) - Copenhagen (Kastrup) - Lübeck/Travemünde (Priwall) - Berlin (Tempelhof) - Dresden (Heller) - Praha (Kbely) - Wien (Aspern)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. / Austrian Airlines, Vienna (leg Berlin-Vienna) / Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague (leg Berlin-Vienna):
    123456– | Malmö 08:30 - 08:45 Copenhagen 09:00 - 10:50 Lübeck/Travemünde 11:10 - 13:00 Berlin 14:05 - 15:20 Dresden 15:40 - 16:50 Praha 17:10 - 19:00 Vienna
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. / Austrian Airlines, Vienna (leg Berlin-Vienna) / Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague (leg Berlin-Vienna):
    123456– | Vienna 08:30 - 10:20 Praha 10:40 - 11:50 Dresden 12:10 - 13:25 Berlin 14:20 - 16:10 Lübeck/Travemünde 16:30 - 18:25 Copenhagen 18:45 - 19:00 Malmö
111 Bremen (Neuenland) - Hannover (Vahrenwald) - Halle/Leipzig (Schkeuditz) - Chemnitz - Praha (Kbely)
Baumwoll-Linie (Cotton Line)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    123456– | Bremen 11:20 - 12:10 Hannover 12:30 - 14:20 Halle/Leipzig 14:35 - 15:20 Chemnitz 15:45 - 16:55 Praha
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    123456– | Praha 10:40 - 11:50 Chemnitz 12:15 - 13:00 Halle/Leipzig 13:15 - 15:05 Hannover 15:30 - 16:20 Bremen
162 Breslau (Gandau) - Praha (Kbely) - Munich (Oberwiesenfeld)
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    123456– | Breslau 09:25 - 11:10 Praha 11:30 - 13:55 Munich
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.:
    123456– | Munich 13:10 - 15:35 Praha 15:55 - 17:40 Breslau
462 Paris - Strasbourg - Fürth (Atzenhof) - Praha (Kbely) - Wien - Budapest - Belgrad - Sofia - Bucharest - Konstantinopel
  • Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne:
    123456– | Paris 06:30 - 09:30 Strasbourg 10:00 - 12:00 Fürth 12:30 - 14:30 Praha 15:00 - 17:45 Wien 07:30 - 09:45 Budapest 10:15 - 13:00 Belgrad - Sofia - Bucharest - Konstantinopel
  • Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne:
    123456– | Konstantinopel - Bucharest - Sofia - Belgrad - Budapest - Wien - Praha - Fürth - Strasbourg - Paris
  • Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne:
    123456– | Konstantinopel - Bucharest - Sofia - Belgrad 12:15 - 15:00 Budapest 15:30 - 17:45 Wien 07:15 - 10:00 Praha 10:45 - 12:45 Fürth 13:15 - 15:15 Strasbourg 15:45 - 18.45 Paris
651 Praha (Kbely) - Brno (Slatina) - Bratislava - Košice - Uschhorod
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Praha 09:00 - 10:20 Brno 10:30 - 11:30 Bratislava 11:45 - 14:15 Košice 14:30 - 15:00 Uschhorod
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Uschhorod 08:15 - 08:45 Košice 09:00 - 11:30 Bratislava 13:30 - 14:30 Brno 14:40 - 16:00 Praha
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Praha 13:00 - 14:20 Brno 14:30 - 15:30 Bratislava
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Bratislava 08:00 - 09:00 Brno 09:10 - 10:30 Praha
652 Praha (Kbely) - Mariánské Lázně
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Praha 09:15 - 10:30 Mariánské Lázně
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Praha 16:00 - 17:15 Mariánské Lázně
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Mariánské Lázně 09:15 - 10:30 Praha
  • State Aerolines, Prague:
    123456– | Mariánské Lázně 15:00 - 16:15 Praha
653 Praha (Kbely) - Mariánské Lázně - Kassel (Waldau) - Rotterdam (Waalhaven)
  • Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague:
    123456– | Praha 11:00 - 12:10 Mariánské Lázně 12:25 - 14:40 Kassel 15:00 - 18:15 Rotterdam
  • Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague:
    123456– | Rotterdam 10:15 - 12:50 Kassel 13:10 - 15:25 Mariánské Lázně 15:40 - 16:50 Praha
Departures and arrivals by time
DaysTimeDep/ArrRouteOperatorAircraft typeto/from
123456–09:00Dep651State Aerolines, PragueBrno - Bratislava - Košice - Uschhorod
123456–09:15Dep652State Aerolines, PragueMariánské Lázně
123456–10:00Arr462Compagnie Internationale de Navigation AérienneKonstantinopel - Bucharest - Sofia - Belgrad - Budapest - Wien
123456–10:20Arr32Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. /
Austrian Airlines, Vienna (leg Berlin-Vienna) /
Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague (leg Berlin-Vienna)
Vienna
123456–10:30Arr652State Aerolines, PragueMariánské Lázně
123456–10:30Arr651State Aerolines, PragueBratislava - Brno
123456–10:40Dep32Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. /
Austrian Airlines, Vienna (leg Berlin-Vienna) /
Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague (leg Berlin-Vienna)
Dresden - Berlin - Lübeck/Travemünde - Copenhagen - Malmö
123456–10:40Dep111Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Chemnitz - Halle/Leipzig - Hannover - Bremen
123456–10:45Dep462Compagnie Internationale de Navigation AérienneFürth - Strasbourg - Paris
123456–11:00Dep653Czechoslovak Airlines, PragueMariánské Lázně - Kassel - Rotterdam
123456–11:10Arr162Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Breslau
123456–11:30Dep162Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Munich
123456–13:00Dep651State Aerolines, PragueBrno - Bratislava
123456–14:30Arr462Compagnie Internationale de Navigation AérienneParis - Strasbourg - Fürth
123456–15:00Dep462Compagnie Internationale de Navigation AérienneWien - Budapest - Belgrad - Sofia - Bucharest - Konstantinopel
123456–15:35Arr162Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Munich
123456–15:55Dep162Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Breslau
123456–16:00Arr651State Aerolines, PragueUschhorod - Košice - Bratislava - Brno
123456–16:00Dep652State Aerolines, PragueMariánské Lázně
123456–16:15Arr652State Aerolines, PragueMariánské Lázně
123456–16:50Arr32Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. /
Austrian Airlines, Vienna (leg Berlin-Vienna) /
Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague (leg Berlin-Vienna)
Malmö - Copenhagen - Lübeck/Travemünde - Berlin - Dresden
123456–16:50Arr653Czechoslovak Airlines, PragueRotterdam - Kassel - Mariánské Lázně
123456–16:55Arr111Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G.Bremen - Hannover - Halle/Leipzig - Chemnitz
123456–17:10Dep32Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. /
Austrian Airlines, Vienna (leg Berlin-Vienna) /
Czechoslovak Airlines, Prague (leg Berlin-Vienna)
Vienna

During World War II

Usage

Prag-Gbell air base.

Situation

Praha Kbely Air Base, Czech Republic, on a map 1944
Praha Kbely Air Base in World War II on a US map from 1944 (Source: McMaster University Library Digital Archive, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 CC BY-NC 2.5 CA)

During the Cold War

Usage

Military air base: transport aircrafts. Delivery of MiG-21 and helicopters for maintenance at Letňany.

In the 1950s

Overview

Sketch of the three adjoining airfields Praha Čakovice, Letňany and Kbely
Sketch of the three adjoining airfields Praha Čakovice, Letňany and Kbely, ca. 1950 (Source: CIA)

In the 1970s

Situation

Praha Kbely Air Base on a map 1973
Praha Kbely Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1973 (Source: ONC E-3 (1973), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Runways

  • 06/24: 2000 m x 45 m Asphalt

Radio communication

The radio call sign of the airfield was "KARBID" (198x).
According to western signals intelligence (SIGINT), the airfield was also called "Navigacni Punkt 420" by the Czechoslovak Air Force.

Units

3 DLP "T.G. Masaryka": An-24V, Mi-8T, Mi-8P, L-410T, UVP, Tu-134A, Tu-154B-2, Yak-40 (1990)

Today

Usage

Military airfield.

Bibliography

  • Ries, Karl; Dierich, Wolfgang: "Fliegerhorste und Einsatzhäfen der Luftwaffe" Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1993 - Historical map
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