Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur, Aérodrome de Nice - Californie, Le Var

Historical approach and aerodrome charts

Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur - Cartes d'approche historiques

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CoordinatesN433933 E0071302 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLFMN
Map with location of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France

In the 1930s

1936: Hangar of the Potez Aero Service in Nice
1936: Hangar of the Potez Aero Service in Nice (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Mittelholzer, Walter / LBS_MH02-47-0029 / Public Domain Mark)
Hangar: Ligne-Corse-Azur PAS Potez-Aero-Service
Hangar: Ligne-Corse-Azur PAS Potez-Aero-Service (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Mittelholzer, Walter / LBS_MH02-47-0029 / Public Domain Mark)
Aircraft De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide G-ACTT
Aircraft De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide G-ACTT (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Mittelholzer, Walter / LBS_MH02-47-0029 / Public Domain Mark)

In the 1940s

B-24 Liberator bombing a bridge over the Var River, France, in the Second World War
Bombing of a bridge over the Var River near Nice La Californie airfield. - Viewing direction is approx. east. The red arrow points to the airfield. Original image title: "Bombing of a bridge which spans the Var River at La Californie, France, by Consolidated B-24 Liberators of the 15th Air Force, on 12 July 1944. On of the "Liberators" can be seen leaving the smoking target" (Source: National Archives 193757391)
Aerial image of Nice La Californie Airfield in World War II
Enlargement: Nice La Californie Airfield (Source: National Archives 193757391)
Bombing by Martin B-26 Marauders near Nice, France
Another attack - Top of the image is southeast. Original image caption: "Bombs from Martin B-26 'Marauders' of the US Army 15th AF perfectly bracket the railway bridge over the Var River, west of Nice on the French Riviera. This bridge was an important link in the Nazi communication system, carrying the double-track railway lines between Marseilles, France & Genoa, Italy." (Source: National Archives 193756737)
Aerial picture of Nice airfield in World War II
Enlargement: Nice Airfield (Source: National Archives 193756737)
Approach chart Nice Airport, 1945
Approach chart (June 1945) - Near Antibes a seaplane base is shown, while the "SUR-MER" airfield at Cap Ferrat is without a symbol. The map was classified as "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)
Aerodrome chart Nice Côte d’Azur, 1945
Aerodrome (June 1945) - There is one runway - 041/221: length 1372 m, width 46 m (4500 feet x 150 feet), surface gravel. The control tower is operated by U.S. forces, while a medium-wave direction finder is in French hands. (Source: US DoD)
Nice Airport: Aerial image World War II from the 1940s
Aerial image from World War II from the 1940s - The red arrow points to the airfield site. The picture was classified as "Restricted". (Source: US DoD)

In the 1950s

Approach to Nice aerodrome 1950
Enlargement (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Gardi, René / LBS_SR12-51-0391 / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Nice La Californie aerodrome, France 1950
Picture from 1950 - Viewing northeast. (Source: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv/Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz / Fotograf: Gardi, René / LBS_SR12-51-0391 / CC BY-SA 4.0)
NDB approach chart runway 05 Nice Côte d’Azur, France 1951
NDB approach runway 05 (April 1951) - At the airport there is a medium wave direction finder on frequency 331 kHz, callsign "FXX". About 13 km northeast of the field there is a VHF direction finder on 121.5 MHz with callsign "Cassis Bleu", approximately at Mont Bastide. (Source: US DoD)
Map Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France 1951
Airport map (April 1951) - There is one runway - 05/23: length 1701 m (5580 feet). (Source: US DoD)

In the 1960s

NDB approach chart Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France 1960
NDB approach (October 1960) - There are two runways - 045/225: length 1700 m, width 40 m (5577 feet x 131 feet), 048/228: length 2369 m, width 60 m (7773 feet x 197 feet). (Source: US DoD)

In the 1980s

Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur on a map 1981
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1981 (Source: ONC F-2 (1981), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin)

Index to the objects shown on the maps

Aerodromes / Aérodromes:

  • Antibes, Mandelieu, Nice Le Var

Radio beacons with identifier / Radiophares aéronautiques:

  • Antibes NDB "NI"
  • Nice NDB "NI"

Air traffic control / Communications / Contrôle de la circulation aérienne:

  • Cassis Bleu (Direction Finder)
  • Nice Approach Control, Nice Airport

Places:

  • Alpes Maritimes, Antibes
  • Baie des Anges, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Bendejun, La Brague
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer, La Cagne, Californie, Cannes, Cap d'Antibes, Cap Ferrat, Carras
  • L'Escarène, Estéron
  • Gilette, Golfe de la Napoule, Golfe Juan
  • Juan-les-Pins
  • Laghet, Les Grenouilleres, Le Var, Levens, Ligurian Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea, Monaco, Mont Baudon, Mont Chauve, Mont Cima, Montagne du Cheiron, Monte Carlo
  • La Napoule, Nice
  • Le Paillon
  • Saint-Laurent-du-Var
  • Vence, Villefranche-sur-Mer

Source for all maps, if not marked otherwise: US Department of Defense (US DoD)


Links

https://www.anciens-aerodromes.com/AtlasDGACOct16/... - Aérodrome de NICE - CALIFORNIE (Alpes-Maritimes) - Atlas historique des terrains d'aviation de France metropolitaine 1919-1947

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