The Riem airport project

This online archive was set up in 2011 by the private person Carsten Tauber and has since been expanded in his free time. Since then, Munich Airport has approved and supported the project as far as possible, but is therefore to be understood as a sponsor and in no way as the operator of this project.
Carsten Tauber - founder of the online archive

About the operator of this site ...

... there isn't really much to say. My name is Carsten Tauber and I have absolutely nothing to do with flying.

In other words: I am neither a pilot nor have I ever worked at an airport. I can't tell the different types of aircraft and only have vague glimpses of how an airport works, and yet that's exactly what somehow fascinates me. The dream of flying and the necessary respect for the organization of the smooth flow of air traffic at an airport.

So what does this guy have to do with Riem Airport?

Well, in my youth I lived not far from Munich-Riem Airport. When we were youngsters, we often went to Riem Airport by bike and watched take-offs and landings. On the day the entire airport moved in May 1992, we watched the spectacle - which lasted all day - during the day on the A99 and were there with hundreds of spectators at the start of the last official departure from Munich Riem Airport.

In this respect, I can still remember that the last plane left Munich-Riem Airport at around 11 p.m. with wobbling wings on a full moon night in the best weather, to the applause of the audience. Shortly afterwards, the airfield lighting went out forever. An event that still gives me goose bumps today - after all, an airport is not closed every day ...

The next day we set off by bike to the new airport (yes, we still rode bikes back then...). Incidentally, it took us a moment to realize that we were on the feeder road with our “underpowered” companions – we must have been that fascinated…


Why this project?

The Munich Riem Airport project came into being in September 2011 due to the lack of central and emotional information. Wikipedia is informative, but in my opinion it cannot convey the information in such an emotional and detailed way.

All further information about the old airport is distributed via forums or is dormant in archives, some of which are not publicly accessible. So the aim is to pay tribute to the airport in Riem, although operations in Riem were of course completely rightly closed at the time. Munich had grown too close to the airport and there was no longer enough space for an overdue expansion by 1955. In addition, Riem is certainly lacking the technical foundation for the modern age - but that is what distinguished the airport right up to the end: a look back at the beginnings and the development of aviation.

The project is currently being set up by Carsten Tauber, who in addition to this project, above all mobile WordPress agency operates.

The aim of the Munich Riem Airport project is to create a platform on the former Riem Airport that is as detailed and informative as possible - but cooperation is always welcome and expressly desired!