Berlin: Soviet Activity in the West Berlin Air Corridors and Berlin Control Zone (BCZ)

1 Jan 1982

A file containing documents concerning Soviet activity in the West Berlin air corridors and the Berlin Control Zone. Subjects covered in the file include the rules of engagement for hijackings and defections into West Berlin; the intrusion of Soviet aircraft into West Berlin airspace to pursue a hijacked Polish airliner; numerous Soviet reservations of airspace in the air corridors; and Allied statements to the Soviet authorities asserting the Allies' unrestricted rights to fly in the air corridors and the control zone. Other subjects discussed in the file include the violation of West German airspace by a Soviet helicopter on two occasions; an intrusion into the control zone by an East German meteorological aircraft; an overflight of the British military airport at Gatow by two Soviet fighter jets; and an unusually high level of Soviet aerial activity necessitating reservations of the air corridors in October 1981.
united kingdom france united states of america civil aviation aircraft airspace border incidents borders international relations military aviation transportation soviet union weather air safety berlin military east germany british army hijacking british armed forces royal air force defectors west germany Soviet armed forces Soviet air force airfields West Berlin Border Security and Migration East German armed forces British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) Berlin air corridors David Mostyn LIVE OAK East German air force
Collection ID
East Germany France Soviet Union United Kingdom United States of America West Germany
Department Reference
WRL 184/4
Document Type
Correspondence Memoranda Reports
File Reference
FCO 33/5904
Persons Discussed
David Mostyn
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
Border Security and Migration International Relations Military

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