Flugplatz Basel-Birsfelden - Birsfelden, BL, Switzerland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
N 47° 33.391 E 007° 37.809
32T E 396943 N 5267920
Quick Description: This plaque is the only thing left of the first airport of Basel.
Location: Nordwestschweiz (AG/BL/BS), Switzerland
Date Posted: 4/11/2011 8:04:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMB6FY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 5

Long Description:
This plaque is located at a wall in a court between a restaurant and a supermarket. It commemorates that this was the location of the first airport of Basel from 1924 to 1950.

Although the plaque says: Flugplatz Basel-Birsfelden, the official name was Flugplatz Basel-Sternenfeld, which is the name of the quarter in the municipality of Birsfelden. The airport closed in 1950 due to limeted space and the current airport was built in the West of town on French soil, making it the world's only bi-national airport.

The plaque was erected by the association that built an managed this first airport. This association itself was dissolved in 1954.

A funny thing I noticed: Google maps still shows an airport sign at this location, although it was abandoned long before anybody working for Google was born.

The plaque says:

Flugplatz Basel-Birsfelden
in 149299 Flügen
wurden befördert 236623 Passagiere,
4945 Tonnen Post, Fracht & Gepäck

Aviatik beider Basel

in English:

Airport Basel-Birsfelden
In 149'299 flights
there were 236'623 passengers
and 4945 tons of mail, freight and luggage transported

Airport cooperative aviation of both cantons of Basel.
Group that erected the marker: Flugplatzgenossenschaft Aviatik beider Basel

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Birsfelden, BL Switzerland

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