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 as civil liaison with the German authorities in 1946 and appointed airport manager on October 12, 1949 at the age of 44 when Flughafen München Riem GmbH was founded.
In the years that followed, the former aviator built a world-famous airport out of the ruins of the airport in Riem and was in charge of planning the new large Munich II airport. As early as 1967 he predicted that Munich II would definitely not be available for the Olympic Games because the ongoing protests would massively delay construction. Riem Airport was therefore provisionally expanded for a longer period of operation by means of the so-called bridging construction measures.
At the end of the Summer Olympics on September 11, 1972, the airport manager began to hand over operational business to his successor, Hermann Reichart. The official change in leadership took place at the turn of the year 1972/1973.