Chronicle of Munich Airport in Riem

Munich Airport was built in 1936 and in 1998 Munich Airport in Riem was almost completely dismantled. This chronicle sheds light on the Riemer times of Munich Airport.

  • Opening of Oberwiesenfeld Airport

    Munich's Oberwiesenfeld has provided a landing area for balloons and airships since the end of the 19th century. With the increased number of aircraft, the Oberwiesenfeld airfield was used as a military airfield from 1909, and from 1920 it also functioned for civil air traffic. However, the Oberwiesenfeld airfield was unable to meet the steadily growing demands of air traffic: [...]

  • Planning for a new airport in Munich

    The airfield in Oberwiesenfeld no longer meets the requirements for air traffic despite extensions in 1931. In 1936 the planning of a new airport in Munich-Riem started. The architect is Ernst Sagebiel, who was also responsible for the airports in Berlin, Stuttgart and Dresden.

  • Start of construction at Munich-Riem Airport

    In 1937 the construction of the Munich Riem Airport began. In 1938 the construction was largely completed. The control tower with the administration building behind it, as well as the reception hall (coat of arms hall) and the aircraft hangars were built over a length of about 400 meters. The construction costs amounted to around 32,000 million Reichsmarks.

  • Beginning of the Second World War

    On September 1, 1939 at 4:45 am, the "Schleswig-Holstein" fired on Polish fortifications. Around the same time, German bombers bombed the small town of Wielun in central Poland. “They have been firing back since 5.45 am! And from now on, bombs will be rewarded with bombs! " proclaimed Adolf Hitler - the beginning of the Second World War.  

  • New air airport in the state capital Munich

    The relocation of civil air traffic from Oberwiesenfeld Airport to the new Munich-Riem Airport has been completed. In 1936, a place south of Riem was chosen as the new location for Munich Airport. Construction began in 1937, the planning for the airport was carried out by the architect Ernst Sagebiel, who was also responsible for the Berlin Tempelhof and Dresden airports [...]

  • Fire at Munich Airport

    On October 26, 1941, there was a fire on the upper floor of the dispatch hall. The spread of the fire was facilitated by the use of unsuitable, cardboard-like and easily combustible materials. There was property damage in the amount of 720,000 Reichsmarks, which according to a simulated purchasing power conversion (as of 2008) would correspond to around 2.7 million euros today.

  • 70 percent of Munich Airport destroyed

    The airport facilities are almost completely destroyed in bomb attacks. Up to that day, civil air traffic was also handled in Munich-Riem during the war.

  • FW 200 Condor crashes on flight from Tempelhof to Riem

    On Saturday April 21, 1945, the Focke Wulf 200B-2 Condor D-ASHH "Hessen" took off from Berlin-Tegelhof at around 20:20 for a transfer flight of the DLH flight control from Berlin to Munich. It was the last flight of a private airline from the Reich capital Berlin after the ring around Berlin was closed by the Red Army at the end of the Second World War [...]

  • End of World War II in Europe

    After Adolf Hitler's suicide on April 30, 1945, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz succeeded him in his will. On May 7, 1945, Karl Dönitz signed the unconditional surrender of all armed forces on behalf of the German High Command at the headquarters of the Western Allies in Reims, France. The Second World War in Europe was officially ended on May 8, 1945 for [...]

  • Start of weather recording at Munich Airport

    On March 1st, 1948, the climate measurement and weather recording at Munich-Riem Airport began. Up until September 1949, the match observation and weather advice was carried out by American personnel, when the airport was handed over, the transition to weather forecasting was carried out by German meteorologists. Since March 1950 weather observations have been carried out in Riem. Sources:

  • Charles D. Daily is appointed airport administrator

    On November 9, 1948, the civil aviation department of the American occupation forces appointed the former American pilot Charles D. Daily as administrator of Munich-Riem Airport. The daily used by the HICOG starts its service in Munich-Riem. The USAF pilot wears civilian clothes, but - according to eyewitness reports - he should strap a huge Colt under his jacket [...]

  • Foundation of "Flughafen München Riem GmbH"

    The operating company of the Riem airport was founded on October 12, 1949 with share capital of DM 20,000. The Free State of Bavaria and the City of Munich hold equal shares in the company. At the time when “Flughafen München Riem GmbH” (FMG) was founded, 134 people (28 salaried and 106 workers) were employed. As managing director, the [...]

  • Commissioning of the new runway

    On November 22, 1949, in addition to the airport restaurant with ballroom, beer parlor and sun terrace, as well as 10 new hotel rooms directly in the airport, the new 1907 meter long and 60 meter wide runway at Munich Airport went into operation. On the new runway, which was built using bituminous construction and hardened in a special process, [...]

  • First direct line connection from Munich to New York

    With a four-engine Lockheed Constellation, KLM opens the first direct line connection between Munich and New York

  • Opening of the coat of arms hall at Riem Airport

    Originally, the Munich-Riem Airport, including the impressive reception hall, also known as the Wappenhalle, was to be officially opened on September 1st, 1939 - but this was prevented by the simultaneous start of the Second World War. After the end of the war, 70%s at the airport were destroyed, and the coat of arms hall was also badly damaged. For example, the roof of the coat of arms hall with the valuable coffered ceiling collapsed. In the absence of a functioning check-in hall [...]

  • FFO eV (today DLR) - new start in Riem

    The association of the aeronautical radio research institute Oberpfaffenhofen (FFO) founded on June 22nd, 1937 dealt with the main topics: Technology and procedures for positioning, communication and navigation with electromagnetic waves. The founding members of FFO eV: Adolf Baeumker - Head of the Research Department of the Reich Ministry of Aviation, Berlin Walter Georgii - German Research Institute for Glider Flight (DFS eV), Darmstadt Erich Hilligardt - Airship Construction Zeppelin, Darmstadt Karl [...]

  • Foundation of the "Bayerischer Flugdienst"

    On September 15, 1954, in the presence of the incumbent Mayor of Munich Thomas Wimmer, the "Bavarian Air Service" was launched under the direction of Hans Bertram. The pilot and flight book author Hans Bertram, who was born in Remscheid in 1906, has a fleet of 5 small aircraft (Cessna, Piper and Lockheed) with which he can take aerial photographs, in addition to sightseeing and charter flights, [...]

  • Lufthansa starts regular service in Germany

    After an interruption of 15 years, the German Lufthansa (formerly "Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf" LUFTAG) starts regularly for the first time on April 1, 1955 in Munich-Riem and thus takes up regular domestic German scheduled services. The locations of the historic premiere are to be the Hamburg and Munich airports, from which two Lufthansa planes are to take off simultaneously on April 1st. The Convair-Liner 340, the [...]

  • First landing of the LH Super Constallation in Riem

    First landing of the Lufthansa Super Constellation on April 21, 1955

  • BEA 609 crashed when attempting to start

    On February 6, 1958 at around 3:03 p.m. after a refueling stop in Munich-Riem, the BEA flight 609, the Airspeed AS 57 Ambassador G-ALZU 'Lord Burghley', crashed on the charter flight from Belgrade to Manchester. The flight accident made sad history as "Munich Air Disaster" or "Munich Air Crash". After the scheduled refueling stop at Munich-Riem Airport, flight captain James Thain with [...]

  • First jet lands at Riem Airport

    The first jet aircraft at Munich Riem Airport was the Sud Aviation Caravelle of Air France F-WHRA (later under the identification F-BHRA) SE 210 CARAVELLE TYPE III, which landed in Riem on October 29, 1958. The F-BHRA is now restored at "Autobedrijf Piet Smedts" in Baarlo south of Venlo in the Netherlands.

  • Pan Am's Boeing 707 lands in Riem

    On November 7, 1959, Pan American Airlines' first Boeing 707 lands at Munich-Riem Airport

  • Convair C-131D crash on tram in Munich

    A fully fueled Convair C-131D passenger aircraft of the United States Air Force took off at 2:05 p.m. from Munich-Riem in the direction of Norfolk (England) when it hit a tram in the Schwanthalerstrasse / Martin area shortly after take-off - around 2:10 p.m. -Greif-Strasse (north of Theresienwiese) fell. Even before the start, the 5 year old machine had problems with the engine, [...]

  • United Arab Airlines opens new connection

    On May 4th, 1962 United Arab Airlines opened a new connection from Munich via Athens to Cairo and used de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4C aircraft on this route. Eight years after the route connection was opened, on February 9, 1970, one of these aircraft, the SU-ALE (6444), crashed at Munich-Riem Airport.

  • Wulf-Diether Castell for airport lighting

    Among the many important facilities that are essential for the operation of a modern airport, airport lighting is of particular importance. It is intended for the pilot who - despite excellent radio equipment - in the first phase of a flight after take-off and in the last phase before landing - both at night and [...]

  • Open-door day

    On October 19, 1963, Munich Airport held an open day and over 12,000 visitors followed the call. 1,800 people took part in sightseeing flights and over 7,000 guests took part in the coveted bus tours. From 1970 the popular event could no longer be carried out due to traffic density and the necessary safety measures.

  • First non-stop flight by Lufthansa: Munich - New York

    For the first time in the history of Munich Airport, on Sunday, May 23, 1965, a Boing 720 of Lufthansa flew non-stop Munich - New York. The runway at Munich Airport, with the length of 2.6 km valid in 1965, was only sufficient for aircraft with an absolute take-off weight of 130 tons. However, a fully occupied and fully fueled Boing 720 weighed [...]

  • Football airlift between Riem and London

    Munich's commercial airport was a bridgehead for 24 hours on May 19, 1965. Forty-one mostly four-engine airplanes and several thousand passengers built a football airlift between Riem and London for the European Cup match. Never before have so many passengers and machines had to be processed in the “airport” of the state capital in one day. With sleepy faces occupied around 4 am [...]

  • Opening of the Lufthansa maintenance hall

    After a year and a half of construction, the new Lufthansa hangar, which was built primarily for the “Euro-Jet” (Boeing 727), is ceremoniously opened. The decision to build the Lufthansa maintenance hangar for jet aircraft, which cost around DM 10 million, was made in July 1963 by the Supervisory Board of Flughafen München GmbH; the architect was Rolf Zuleger. The 4 each 15m x 15m [...]

  • ADAC rescue helicopter stationed in Riem

    From June 13th to October 6th, 1968 the first ADAC rescue helicopter in Germany was in a test series at Munich Airport. The helicopter of the type Bell 206 A Jet Ranger was rented at the time from the company Süd Helicopter (today MHS Aviation Grünwald). In the machine, two patients could sit on normal stretchers, one above the other, across [...]

  • Munich Airport moves to Nuremberg

    These aircraft stairs are ready for departure at Munich-Riem Airport! Just like most of the rest of the moving inventory, they are brought to Franconia in a convoy of around 20 vehicles under police protection. Because from August 11th to August 31st 1969, that is for three weeks, Munich will be a cosmopolitan city with a heart, but without [...]

  • Location decision for the new Munich airport

    On August 5, 1969, the Bavarian Council of Ministers published the following resolution: The State Government acknowledges and approves the results of the site investigations presented by the Council of Ministers for Economics and Transport, in which the construction of the Munich II airport at the Erding-Nord site is proposed. The responsible ministries of state are instructed to immediately send all necessary for the construction of the Munich II airport to [...]

  • General overhaul of the runway

    After the Second World War, the runway 07R / 25L was put into operation at Munich Airport in 1949 with a length of 1,900 long and 60 meters wide, and in 1958 it was extended by 700 meters using the same construction method. The first section from 1948, however, showed considerable surface damage almost 15 years after construction: [...]

  • Interview with Bavaria Airline

    Air München interview from September 1969 with Mattias Gleim, commercial director of Bavaria Fluggesellschaft: AIR MÜNCHEN: Mr. Gleim, 6 domestic German routes are currently being flown according to plan by airline companies in cooperation with Deutsche Lufthansa. Your company, the Bavaria airline, operates daily routes from Munich to Hanover and back. What are the regulations with Deutsche Lufthansa? MATTHIAS GLEIM [...]

  • First landing after renovation of the runway

    On September 1, 1969, at 0:05 a.m., the first aircraft after the 21-day general overhaul of the runway landed at Munich-Riem Airport. In the past 3 weeks, Munich Airport was closed for the entire airspace due to the renovation work, flights were diverted to Nuremberg. The first machine was the "Schwabing" a BAC-111-414EG (D-ANDY) of the Bavaria airline. [...]

  • Beechcraft 65 crashed at Munich Airport

    Source: Federal Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau Title: Flugzeug D - IDIM (Beechcraft 65) .- January 17, 1970 File number: 802.1-1 / 70 Retention period: 2004 Place of use: Bundesarchiv Koblenz Final archive Archive signature: B 425/225 Currently no further information is available the misfortune.

  • Unsuccessful start of a Comet 4c at Munich-Riem Airport


    Due to suspected icy wings, the de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4C of the UAA - United Arab Airlines (now Egyptair) had to abort the take-off process from a height of about 30 feet (10 meters), left the runway and hit a fence . During the emergency landing, the landing gear was torn off and a small fire developed, which, however, could be extinguished quickly. Of […]

  • Bavaria Jetstream crashes on flight from Riem to St. Moritz

    On Friday, March 6, 1970, the founder of the Bavaria airline, Max Schwabe, had an accident with his Handley Page HP-137 Jetstream 1 (D-INAH) near the tourist resort of St. Moritz. Jetstream, which took off from Munich Airport, suffered turbine damage on engine 1 on its approach about 3 km from St. Moritz-Samedan Airport in Switzerland and was therefore unable to maneuver. The […]

  • First Lufthansa Jumbo lands at Munich Airport

    In July 1970, Lufthansa's first jumbo landed at Munich Airport with a Boing 747. Munich Airport wasn't really geared towards such large visitors. The Münchner Merkur writes: When Lufthansa first appeared in Riem on July 8, 1970 with a Boeing 747, the Munich-based company had to improvise because the airport [...]

  • Bridging measures at Riem Airport

    The bridging work at Munich-Riem Airport will be completed by spring 1972. After it went into operation, according to planning, five to six million passengers could be handled at Munich-Riem Airport, which corresponded to a doubling of the previous handling capacity in preparation for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. In detail, the following measures had been carried out by then: New arrival hall Construction of a [...]

  • New arrival hall at Munich-Riem Airport

    The new arrival hall at Munich-Riem Airport, which was put into operation on April 21, 1971, was a flat, single-storey building made of reinforced concrete / precast construction; the construction costs for the hall were around 5.6 million DM. The new arrival hall was part of the so-called bridging measures at Munich Airport, which were implemented in their entirety in spring 1972 [...]

  • Expert advice on planning reports for the new Munich Airport

    For five days (April 26th to April 30th, 1971) an international examination committee consulted at the invitation of Flughafen München GmbH on the planning reports for planning phase 1, which had been drawn up by six working groups of domestic and foreign engineering offices over the course of nine months . Planning phase 1 includes the creation of a land use and function plan for the site [...]

  • Landing with operating level II at Munich-Riem Airport is possible

    Since May 1971, Munich-Riem Airport has had improved radio-electrical and optical landing aids that allow bad weather landings after operating level II. That means: Landings are still possible if the cloud base is at least 30 meters and visibility is 400 meters. These values are exactly half below those of operating level I, after landing at a cloud base of at least 60 meters [...]

  • Departure hall abroad expanded

    As a further component of the so-called bridging measures at Munich-Riem Airport, the expansion of the departure hall abroad (waiting room A) was completed in early June 1971. The ground-level extension for international departure traffic covered an area of 1575 square meters. 6 gates were available, which enable the so-called "gate check-in handling system". This system provides that passengers without baggage who are already in possession of a [...]

  • Large fire engines for the Munich Airport Fire Brigade

    The fleet of the Munich airport fire brigade was enlarged by two Magirus-Faun airfield fire engines, type: LF 1412 / 52V 8 × 8. The constantly increasing air traffic and the use of wide-bodied aircraft made it necessary to purchase these vehicles. The extent to which new dimensions had to be thought when purchasing fire engines is evident from the fact that, for example, the tanks of a Boeing [...]

  • Olympia terror warning - plane is supposed to drop bombs

    The Olympic closing ceremony began at half past seven in Munich. Joachim “Blacky” Fuchsberger moderated into his microphone: “The games started cheerfully - they end seriously.” The Olympic flame went out shortly after 8:00 pm. Almost at the same time, at 8:05 pm, Defense Minister Leber received the following message: "Minister, a few minutes ago an Arab plane was in Stuttgart by Arabs [...]

  • First DC-10 at Munich Airport

    On December 23, 1972, the first DC-10 landed at Munich Airport. The three-engine McDonnell Douglas "Ankara" DC-10 (TC-JAV) - construction number 46704/29 of Turkish Airlines landed punctually at Munich Airport. Almost 14 months after this pleasant event, the same DC-10 "Ankara" wrote a sad chapter: On March 3, 1974, the three-engine McDonnell Douglas "Ankara" (TC-JAV) fell [...]

  • Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell is retiring

    Airport manager Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell is retiring after 23 years of service. From 1949 he was Managing Director of Flughafen München GmbH and retired on December 31, 1972. Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell, born on November 20, 1905 in Berlin, was appointed by the Americans in 1946 as a civil liaison to the German authorities and on [...]

  • Crash of the DC-10 "Ankara" (TC-JAV) - flight 981

    The following report has no direct connection with Munich Airport. However, the machine, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 "Ankara", was the first DC-10 at Munich Airport. Since this machine also made history for Munich Airport, we mention the incident that occurred around 14 months after the successful landing at Riem Airport. At the […]

  • Foundation of MucAir Services Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsabfertigungen mbH

    As a wholly owned subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH, MucAir Services Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsabfertigungen mbH started operations on April 1st, 1974. The task of MucAir is to handle aircraft, passengers, luggage, air mail and air freight for airlines that do not have their own handling staff at Munich Airport. MucAir had already on April 1st, 1974 [...]

  • "Air Force One" at Riem Airport

    On March 14th, 1976 Air Force One landed at Munich Riem Airport. But only half of it ... Because the Boeing 707-430 was not the original Air Force One, but the 16-year-old "Frankfurt" (D-ABOD / 17720), which was decommissioned by Lufthansa on November 30, 1975 . In March the D-ABOD started with the approval of the [...]

  • Construction work begins on the new Munich Airport

    On November 3, 1980, construction work for the new Munich airport in Erdinger Moos began. But just 5 months later, work on the construction of the new Munich airport was stopped for over 4 years. On April 16, 1981, the Bavarian Administrative Court ordered construction to be halted because the planned space requirement for the new airport was too

  • Pope John Paul II in Munich

    On November 19, 1980, Pope John Paul II also visited the state capital Munich as part of his trip to Germany. Pope John Paul II celebrated the Eucharist on Munich's Theresienwiese with more than half a million people. Pope John Paul II visited Munich 7 years later, on May 3rd, 1987 again.

  • MUCII - construction freeze for 4 years and hard times in Riem

    On November 3, 1980 the time had come: construction work for the new Munich Airport began in Erdinger Moos. But they were stopped again after just five months. The Bavarian Administrative Court (VGH) ordered a construction freeze on April 16, 1981 by revoking the "immediate enforceability" of the planning approval decision. Main reasoning of the court: There will be too much land for the new airport [...]

  • Plane crash: FC Bayern manager Uli Hoeneß survived

    The FC Bayern manager Uli Hoeneß and his friend Helmut Simmler wanted to watch the international match between Germany and Portugal in the Lower Saxony Stadium on February 17, 1982. Together with the pilot friend and former ski racer Wolfgang Junginger and his 25-year-old co-pilot Thomas Kupfer, a student from Munich, it was supposed to be a twin-engine Piper PA-34 Seneca (D-GIFL) from the Riem airport [...]

  • Grand Prix winner Nicole lands in Riem with Lufthansa "Landshut"

    On April 24, 1982 Nicole won the Grand Prix in Harrogate (England) with "a little peace". On April 26th, 1982, the newly crowned Grand Prix winner landed with Lufthansa “Landshut” during the ZDF live broadcast “Na sowas” (host Thomas Gottschalk) at Munich Riem Airport.

  • Concorde lands at Munich Riem Airport

    On August 10, 1983, the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 101/102 of British Airways landed as the first and only of its kind at Munich Airport. The one-time stopover by the Concorde G-BOAD drew many onlookers to Munich Airport. For example, the grandstand in the west of the airport facility was at least partially released (due to dilapidation). Background information on Concorde On July 25, 2000, [...]

  • Hail storms damaged aircraft at Munich Airport

    After a hot summer day, shortly after 8 p.m. on the evening of July 12, 1984, deep black thunderclouds suddenly appeared over Munich from the west. Immediately afterwards, gusts of wind with wind force 11 set in, and the temperature drops from 26 to 16 degrees Celsius within five minutes. This is the prelude to one of the most devastating hail disasters [...]

  • Piper rushes into Mc Donald's restaurant in Trudering

    Airplane crash in Munich 1987: Sports plane crashes on FastFood Restaurant in Wasserbuger Landstrasse in Munich-Trudering. Prugger-Weg, narrowly missed the ARAL petrol station located there, brushed against a bus on line 192 of the former [...]

  • Decision on the construction of a new exhibition center on the Flughafen-Riem site

    In 1983, the last extensions to the Munich exhibition center on the Schwanthalerhöhe were carried out - a further expansion of the Munich Exhibition Center was no longer conceivable for reasons of space. In 1985, the head of the trade fair at the time, Werner Marzin, wrote a memorandum “On the situation and future prospects of the Munich trade fair center”. In the document, the former head of the trade fair describes "a healthy further development of the [...]

  • Terminal 2 opened at Riem Airport

    Since November 1988 Munich Airport has had a second terminal that was used exclusively for charter traffic.

  • German Wings takes off in Riem

    The Munich company German Wings started on April 10, 1989 with daily 27 non-stop connections in the regular service to and from Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne / Bonn, Frankfurt, Munich-Riem and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. 12 days earlier, on March 29th, the D-AGWA was the first German Wings aircraft to land on German soil punctually at 12:31 p.m. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 [...]

  • Last flight from Munich Riem Airport

    With a clear sky and a full moon, a Boeing 737-530 (D-ABJD) will take off on Saturday, May 16, 1992 at around 10:55 p.m. - which was christened “Freising” just a week ago, as the last aircraft from Munich Airport -Riem. The Lufthansa pilot Michael Sikora said goodbye beforehand with the words "Bye, bye, it was nice with you in Riem", [...]

  • Munich Airport, the move to Erdinger Moos

    On May 16, 1992, the largest move in European aviation to date took place within just 16 hours: Riem Airport was relocated to the new Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport in Erdinger Moos. For more than 2 years, the 20-strong organization team around 35-year-old Kuno Kirchner, the head of relocation planning, planned and prepared the move. Although some [...]

  • Lufthansa maintenance hangar blown up

    27 years after the grand opening of the Lufthansa maintenance hangar at Munich Riem Airport, the hangar was blown up. Originally, a corresponding design by the architect Jürgen Frauenfeld was intended to integrate the maintenance hall into the new exhibition center as an industrial monument. However, since asbestos was used in the Lufthansa maintenance hangar, renovation probably did not seem profitable. On Saturday, November 9th, 1996 at [...]

  • Airport tower becomes an integral part of Brainlab

    On July 11, 2017, the Brainlab site in Riem was inaugurated with the event “Future opened”. More than 200 guests were invited to the new headquarters in Munich-Riem. In addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ilse Aigner, Bavaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs, both of whom were personally attended by CEO and founder of Brainlab AG, Stefan Vilsmeier, were present