Praha: Ruzyně Airport

Letiště Praha Ruzyně, Prague Ruzyně

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CoordinatesN500602 E0141540 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 1247'
Location indicatorLKPR
Airfield IdPunkt 440
Map with location of Praha Ruzyně Airport, Czech Republic
The history of the Cold War airfields: Praha
by Bert Kondruss

During World War II

Usage

Prag-Rusin air base.

Situation

Praha Ruzyně Airport, Czech Republic, on a map 1944
Praha Ruzyně Airport 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

Airport.

In the 1960s

Overview

Aerodrom chart from 15 February 1960
Aerodrom chart from 15 February 1960 (Source: CIA)

In the 1970s

Situation

Praha Ruzyně Airport on a map 1973
Praha Ruzyně Airport 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)

Overview

Praha Ruzyně Airport, Germany, on a US satellite image 1979
Praha Ruzyně Airport on a US satellite image from 16 May 1979 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Northwestern part
Northwestern part (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Northeastern part with ramp
Northeastern part with ramp (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Runways, taxiways
Runways, taxiways (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Eastern part, hangar with aircraft
Eastern part, hangar with aircraft (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Southern part
Southern part (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Southeastern part
Southeastern part (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Radio communication

The military radio call sign of the airfield was "SMARAGD" (198x).
According to western signals intelligence (SIGINT), the airfield was also called "Navigacni Punkt 440" by the Czechoslovak Air Force.

Today

Usage

Airport.

Bibliography

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