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Abandoned airfield south-east of Wroclaw


delphiandomine 88 | 18,177
13 Jul 2012 #1
I was flying to Wroclaw Airport yesterday, and I flew over what appeared to be an abandoned airfield that was now some sort of business park. Anyone know what/where it was? It was seemingly just north of the A4 autostrada, definitely west of the Katowice area. There was definitely a runway, though it appeared to now be derelict. The runway was orientated in a roughly NW-SE line.
NMB
13 Jul 2012 #2
It could be Oława-Stanowice which is just north-west-ish of Oława, maybe 30km south-east of Wrocław.

goo.gl/maps/KNNi

Google Maps doesn't show a runway very clearly though so maybe not.
beckski 12 | 1,617
13 Jul 2012 #3
I flew over what appeared to be an abandoned airfield that was now some sort of business park

That'd be interesting to see. Did you happen to get any aerial photos to share with us?

The abandoned airport in my vicinity, has been rented out previously for a rock concerts.
OP delphiandomine 88 | 18,177
13 Jul 2012 #4
It could be Oława-Stanowice which is just north-west-ish of Oława, maybe 30km south-east of Wrocław.

Good guess, but it doesn't seem to be the same - the airfield I saw was more built up round it, and the runway seemed to be concrete (but in a bad state). It was definitely more or less in line with the runway in Wroclaw (the plane didn't really alter course at this point until landing)

That'd be interesting to see. Did you happen to get any aerial photos to share with us?

Exasperatingly, no :( I only realised when the plane was more or less over it, so too late to think about.

There are actually quite a few abandoned airfields in Poland - have a look here - ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/PL/index.html
NMB
14 Jul 2012 #5
There is another airstrip towards the west of Wrocław near Środa Śląska but that I think that runway is now part of Route 94 so I'd nbe supprised if that was it, there is absolutely no sign of it on Google Maps atleast (goo.gl/maps/Vemj) - that would leave Mirosławice which is actually still active but open to recreational pilots only really and it's an airfield with no sign of any solid runway (goo.gl/maps/Yoz0) or perhaps Namyslów Airport which is near Opole (goo.gl/maps/KAuV) - from the 2009/10 photos on Google Maps there is an industrial complex on the site under construction and an old concrete runway.

If you're certain Oława-Stanowice wasn't it then Namyslów would be a solid bet.

Poland is like most places in Europe, there are old airfields all over the place if you know your history and where to look - I know of five within 30 minuites of where I live here in Northern England, two of which are still open.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,379
14 Jul 2012 #6
There is another airstrip towards the west of Wrocław near Środa Śląska but that I think that runway is now part of Route 94

part of the sroda slaska road was an emergency runway. it was all chopped and changed in recent years.
OP delphiandomine 88 | 18,177
15 Jul 2012 #7
or perhaps Namyslów Airport which is near Opole (goo.gl/maps/KAuV) - from the 2009/10 photos on Google Maps there is an industrial complex on the site under construction and an old concrete runway.

That's almost certainly it, thank you ever so much! It ties in with what I saw from the air - built up around the Eastern end, but with the ruined-looking Western end still intact. The line also is sort-of parallel with Strachowice - so it is almost certainly the one.

Poland is like most places in Europe, there are old airfields all over the place if you know your history and where to look

It's surprising how many are still possible in the future - I found out that Piła Airport is still potentially available for commercial flights, for instance.


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