Tempelhof, Berlin | all rights © Christian Hahn

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The former airport Tempelhof in Berlin was closed in October 2008. It was officially designated as an airport in October 1923. During the Berlin Blockade in 1948 the Soviets blocked access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control. As a reaction the Berlin Airlift was organized and from June 1948 until May 1949 the US Air Force and the British Royal Air Force flew over 200,000 flights in one year. At peak times every 90 seconds a plane started or landed in Tempelhof delivering necessities such as fuel and food. Berlin and airports seem to be a difficult story as can be seen with the new airport that still hasn’t opened – until this day it’s not clear what will become of the former airport, which now is a huge park and hosts different kinds of events. In the time shortly before the airport was closed and before it was opened to the public again in May 2010, I had the chance to visit Tempelhof several times and take photos. It’s a huge amazing building and area that even had it’s own little power plant, weather station, tennis courts and nursery for plants.  All images copyright: Christian Hahn