Saw the mass production of the cargo glider Messerschmitt Me 321 and the first strategic transport aircraft Messerschmitt Me 323. The first flight of the prototype of the Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe ("Swallow"), the world's first operational turbojet fighter aircraft took place in Leipheim on July 18, 1942. From 1944, the aircraft was mass produced (around 800 units).
After the end of World War II in 1945, a displaced persons camp for Jewish survivors was established on the premises of the former air base. This camp, which sheltered up to 3,150 people, was disbanded in June 1950. After 1957 the area was used for military air traffic again until 1993.
Categories: Military - Air Force
, Military - Historic - Closed Facility