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RAF Gatow

RAF Gatow
The main gate of RAF Gatow in August 1983.
Airport information
Airport typeMilitary
(airport no longer in operation)
Ownerformerly: Ministry of Defence,
now: Bundeswehr
Operatorformerly: Royal Air Force,
now: Bundeswehr
LocationGatow, Berlin, Germany
Elevation49 m (161 ft)

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Known for most of its operational life as Royal Air Force Station Gatow, or more commonly RAF Gatow, this former British Royal Air Force military airbase is in the district of Gatow in south-western Berlin, west of the Havel river, in the borough of Spandau. It was the base for the only known operational use of flying boats in central Europe, and was later used for photographic reconnaissance missions by de Havilland Chipmunks over East Germany. Part of the former airfield is now called General Steinhoff-Kaserne, and is home to the Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr, the Luftwaffe Museum.

Also on the site of the former Royal Air Force station, but not part of General Steinhoff-Kaserne, is a school, the Hans-Carossa-Gymnasium, as well as houses for government employees of the Federal Republic of Germany. This part of the former airfield has since 2003 been part of the district of Berlin-Kladow.

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