Today I found an article on the internet about the former Tempelhof Airport.
Tempelhof Airport used to be the mother of all airports. It has not been abandoned by the people. They love the big open space and they have beaten the developers and make full use of the mother of all open, urban spaces in the world.
The Wright brothers used the field for a longest flight ever at the time.
I grew up there, only meters away. My Dad took us kids on an inspection tour of the building site in 1939.
During the war, it was protected by the Allied Airforces. They did not bomb it.
During the Airlift in 1948/49.I watched the incoming planes and counted them as they came in for the landing, only 90 seconds apart.
Read the article it is full of information. I will be in Berlin next year and so will be members of my family and I will take them out there and guide them, like a mother duck, and show them around. It is a holy ground for me as my mother went with her parents and brothers for walks there, long before anybody thought of aeroplanes. The “Tempelhofer Feld” is actually my birthplace.
After the war friends and I were chased by Red Army soldiers as they found us playing in a former Luftwaffe plane(Ju 88). Later when it opened again for civilian airlines, during the fifties, I flew a few times out from there to West-Germany.
It is good that the people can use the field as a common park for all. It came full circle.