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Target: DARMSTADT GERMANY Airfield (7 aircraft) - (49.8541, 8.5879)

Darmstadt airfield, also known as Griesheim Airfield or August Euler Airfield, was Germany's first airfield, founded in 1908 by researcher August Euler. By 1913 the airfield was taken over by the Prussian army and converted into Fliegerstation Darmstadt-Griesheim. During World War I the airfield primarily served as a POW camp, housing about 15,000 men. In December 1918 the French Army occupied the exercise area and the airfield, denying access to the airfield, staying until 1930. In 1933 the German glider research institute (Deutsche Forschungsanstalt f?r Segelflug, or DFS) moved its facilities to the airfield, and built a wind tunnel in 1936 which remains in use at the Darmstadt Technical University next to the airfield to this day. The DFS moved to Brunswick in 1939 when World War II broke out, and the airfield became a Luftwaffe Fliegerhorst. After World War II the airfield became a US Army air field. The US Army left the airfield in 1992, turning ownership back to the Technical University. In 2005 it officially became an aviation research facility, and although much of the former army exercise grounds have been returned to nature, the airfield is classified as a Special Air Field (Sonderlandeplatz) under German law, allowing it to be used for a limited number of flights a year. from:



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