Christopher 35

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christopher 35

Christoph 35 on the Marienberg
Christoph 35 on the Marienberg

Air rescue center data
Operator: Federal Ministry of the Interior
Carrier: DRF air rescue
Helicopter type: Eurocopter EC 135
Former LFZ *: until 2007: Bölkow Bo 105
until 1997: Bell UH-1D
until 1993: Mil Mi-2
Installation: 3rd October 1993
Location: Brandenburg City Hospital , Marienberg , Triglafweg, 14770 Brandenburg an der Havel
Operational readiness: 7 a.m. to sunset
Particularities: March to October 1990 Aesculap rescue helicopter - part of the first comprehensive air rescue network of the GDR; 1990 to 1993 SAR 94 of the Bundeswehr
Coordinates: 52 ° 24 '54.5 "  N , 12 ° 32' 40.5"  E Coordinates: 52 ° 24 '54.5 "  N , 12 ° 32' 40.5"  E
Pilot: Federal Ministry of the Interior
Doctor: Brandenburg Municipal Hospital
HEMS Technical Crew Member : Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe , Brandenburg an der Havel fire department
* LFZ = aircraft

Christoph 35 is a rescue helicopter stationed for air rescue in Brandenburg on the Havel . He is stationed near the Brandenburg Municipal Hospital on the Marienberg . Air rescue was already established in Brandenburg an der Havel in the GDR .


The history of air rescue began in Brandenburg an der Havel shortly after the political change in the GDR. On March 18, 1990, Minister of Health Jürgen Kleditzsch and Minister of Defense Rainer Eppelmann decided to introduce helicopters to the rescue service across the board for the first time . Brandenburg an der Havel was designated as one of the ten locations. The background was that the National People's Army (NVA) with the helicopter training squadron 35 (HAG-35) was stationed at the Brandenburg-Briest airfield in Brandenburg an der Havel and took over operations. On April 10, 1990, flight operations in the rescue service began. The NVA flew with Mil Mi-2 helicopters . The nickname of the NVA rescue helicopter was Äskulap, the abbreviation SMH for rapid medical help . The Brandenburg rescue helicopter was stationed on a barracks site on Magdeburger Strasse near the municipal clinic. A Mil Mi-8 was also available as a second helicopter at the Brandenburg-Briest airfield.

On October 31, 1990, the Bundeswehr took over operations from the NVA. The abbreviation SMH changed to SAR in this context . The name of the Brandenburger rescue helicopter Mil Mi-2 became SAR 94 over it. The Mil Mi-8 in Briest continued to operate as SAR. By the middle of 1992, a total of almost 200 missions had been flown. In the course of the closure of the Brandenburg armed forces site, air rescue was finally handed over to the Federal Ministry of the Interior .

The station on Marienberg, which went into operation in 1994, has its own hangar

The Christoph 35 rescue helicopter was put into operation on October 3, 1993. The first helicopter, Christoph 35, was a Bell UH-1D with the registration D-HBZD of the Border Guard Fliegerstaffel Ost. From then on, the Brandenburg-Briest airfield was abandoned and a previous roller-skating rink was converted into a take-off and landing site immediately behind the Brandenburg City Hospital on the Marienberg . In 1994 a hangar for the helicopter and rooms for the flight and rescue personnel and a tank system were inaugurated. The Bell UH-1D was in operation until May 1997 and had more than 3000 missions during that time.

In 1997 the Bell was retired and replaced by a Bölkow Bo 105 . With the new aircraft, a total of more than 12,000 missions were flown by 2007. In the meantime, the Bo 105 was shut down in 2002 due to a technical defect. An Alouette II was flown from Brandenburg to ensure that an emergency doctor could be brought in until a replacement was obtained . The current Eurocopter EC 135 T2i helicopter was handed over on December 20, 2007 .


Transition from the airfield to the Brandenburg Municipal Hospital

Christoph 35 covers air rescue from Brandenburg an der Havel in the western state of Brandenburg to eastern Saxony-Anhalt and partly to Berlin . He was stationed in the immediate vicinity of the municipal clinic on the Marienberg. The airfield with the hangar hall for the rescue helicopter is located immediately north of the hospital. It is connected to the hospital and the rescue center via a glazed bridge and an elevator . The helicopter is operated by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, which also provides the pilot . The emergency doctor is occupied by the municipal clinic, the paramedics by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe and the Brandenburg an der Havel fire department . A special feature of the Brandenburg take-off and landing site is a landing platform with a turntable , which enables the Christoph 35 to be aligned depending on the current wind direction and simplifies handling when refueling.


The rescue helicopter Christoph 35 flies between 1000 and 1500 missions per calendar year, which means an average of about 3 to 5 missions a day. According to the statistics since 2002, the fewest missions were flown in 2004 with 1059 and in 2012 with 1404 the most missions.

year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Calls 1119 1181 1059 1076 1231 1258 1227 1173 1245 1335 1404 1247 1346 1347 1314 1350 1333

Web links

Commons : Christoph 35  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Christoph35 . Pages of the Johanniter-Unfallhilfe about the rescue helicopter Christoph 35. Visited on June 8, 2015.

Individual evidence

  1. FTR, HRG, Stefan Reichwald: 40 years ZSH: Christoph 35 - Brandenburg a. d. Havel . Released March 6, 2012. Accessed June 8, 2015.