Oslo Fornebu Airport

Oslo Fornebu Airport

Oslo lufthavn, Fornebu

Historical approach and aerodrome charts

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN595349 E0103716 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorENFB

Oslo Fornebu was opened in 1939 as the airport for Oslo. During the Second World War the field was used by the German occupation troops. After the war, Fornebu was again used as the airport for Oslo until it was closed in 1998. Some airfield buildings are preserved. In the northwest of the peninsula a seaplane station is still in operation.

Map with location of Oslo Fornebu Airport, Norway

In the 1930s

Oslo Fornebu Airport 1939
Oslo Fornebu (1939) (Source: Oslo Museum; Mittet & Co AS; oslobilder.no OB.F12039c; License: CC CC0, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.F12039c)
Oslo Lufthavn. Fornebu, 1939
Oslo Lufthavn, Fornebu (1939) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer: Harstad, Karl, oslobilder.no OB.F12039b; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.F12039b)
KLM airplane at Oslo Fornebu Aerodrome, Norway
KLM airplane (1939) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer: Harstad, Karl, oslobilder.no OB.F12038c; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.F12038c)
Aircraft in Oslo Fornebu on 01 June 1939
Aircraft in Oslo Fornebu on the opening day 01 June 1939 - KLM Douglas DC-2 PH-AKI "Kieviet". Fairchild 24 LN-EAF of Wessels Flyveselskap; Caproni Ca.310 LN-DAK of DNL; Fiesler Fi156 Storch D-IUGR, private; Focke Wulf Condor OY-DAM "Dania" of Det Danske Luftfartselskab (DDL) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer: Harstad, Karl, oslobilder.no OB.F12038b; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.F12038b)

World War 2

Oslo Fornebu: Aerial picture from April 1940
Aerial picture (April 1940) - On the airfield are aircraft of the types Junkers G 38, Junkers Ju 52, Junkers Ju 90, Junkers W 34 and Heinkel He 111. (Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-760-0171-19 / Ruge, Willi / via Wikimedia Commons; License CC BY-SA 3.0)

In the 1940s

After the Second World War 1945/46, Oslo Fornebu was initially operated by the Royal Air Force.

Aerodrome chart Oslo Fornebu Airport, Norway 1945
Aerodrome (July 1945) - There are three runways - 013/193: length 1234 m, width 50 m (4050 feet x 165 feet) unserviceable, 058/238: length 1097 m, width 50 m (3600 feet x 165 feet), 142/322: length 686 m, width 41 m (2250 feet x 135 feet) unserviceable. (Source: US DoD)

In the 1950s

Administration building 1950
Administration building (05 August 1950) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer: Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø50/1080; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9850/1080)
Aircraft Douglas DC-4 OY-DFI Dan Viking der SAS at Fornebu
Aircraft Douglas DC-4 OY-DFI Dan Viking der SAS at Fornebu (28 November 1953) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø53 / 2270e; Lizenz CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9853/2270e)
Aircraft Saab 90 Scandia SE-BSB of SAS at Fornebu (1956)
Aircraft Saab 90 Scandia SE-BSB of SAS at Fornebu (1956) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer: Harstad, Karl; oslobilder.no OB.F12039d ; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.F12039d)

Seaplane station (Sjøflyhavn)

The base for seaplanes was located on the eastern side of the peninsula.

Seaplane Short Sandringham Mk V LN-LAI of Det Norske Luftfartsselskap (DNL) (1948)
Seaplane Short Sandringham Mk V LN-LAI of Det Norske Luftfartsselskap (DNL) (1948) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø47 / 0637d (cropped); License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9847/0637d)
Aerial view of the Fornebu, Norway, seaplane station
Aerial view of the Fornebu seaplane station (early 1950s?) - The small building with the square roof still exists today as restaurant "Sjøflyhavna Kro (Source: Oslo Museum; oslobilder.no A-20015 / Ua / 0003/053; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/BAR/A-20015/Ua/0003/053)
Flying boat Short Sandringham Mk V LN-LAI of SAS at Oslo Fornebu (30 June 1951)
Flying boat Short Sandringham Mk V LN-LAI of SAS at Oslo Fornebu (30 June 1951) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø51/1418a; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9851/1418a)
Scandinavian Airlines System seaplane before the departure to Bergen.
Scandinavian Airlines System seaplane before the departure to Bergen. (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø51 / 1418c; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9851/1418c)

Luftkrigsskolen (Air Warfare School)

In 1955 the Norwegian Air Warfare School moved from Akershus Fortress to Fornebu. In 1961 it was moved from Fornebu to Trondheim.

Building Luftkrigsskolen Oslo Fornbu, 1954
Villa Birkeli (February 1954) - This villa still exists today in the east of the peninsula. (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø54/0484a ; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9854/0484a)
Barrack Luftkrigsskolen Oslo Fornbu, 1954
Barrack (February 1954) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø54/0484e ; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9854/0484e)

In the 1960s

NDB approach chart 01 Oslo Fornebu Airport, 1960
NDB approach runway 01 (October 1960) - There are two runways - 01/19: length 1750 m, width 50 m (5741 feet x 164 feet), 05/23: length 1156 m, width 50 m (3792 feet x 164 feet). (Source: US DoD)
ILS approach chart runway 01 Oslo Fornebu Airport, Norway 1960
ILS approach runway 01 (October 1960) (Source: US DoD)
Fornebu Aircraft Hangar, 1961
Hangar (04 May 1961) (Source: Oslo Museum; Atelier Rude; oslobilder.no OB.R10458c; License: CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.R10458c)
NDB approach chart runway 01 Oslo lufthavn, Fornebu, 1966
NDB approach runway 01 (May 1966) - A new runway 06/24 has been built. Now there are theses runways - 01/19: length 1750 m, width 50 m (5741 feet x 164 feet), 06/24: length 2200 m, width 50 m (7218 feet x 164 feet). (Source: US DoD)
ILS approach chart runway 01 Oslo Fornebu Airport, Norway 1966
ILS approach runway 01 (May 1966) (Source: US DoD)
ILS approach chart runway 06 Oslo lufthavn, Fornebu, Norway 1966
ILS approach runway 06 (May 1966) (Source: US DoD)
ILS approach chart runway 06 Oslo Fornebu Airport, Norway 1966
ILS approach runway 06 (May 1966) (Source: US DoD)
Radar control room Oslo Fornebu (02 June 1967)
Radar control room Oslo Fornebu (02 June 1967) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø67 / 1720 ; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9867/1720)
Aircraft Bristol Britannia G-AOVK of British Eagle (January 1968)
Bristol Britannia G-AOVK of British Eagle (January 1968) - Loading of 15 tons of paint from the Jotun paint factory for the merchant navy. (Source: Oslo Museum; Atelier Rude; oslobilder.no OB.R12481b ; License: CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.R12481b)

In the 1970s

Oslo Fornebu Airport on a map 1973
Oslo Fornebu Airport on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1973 (Source: ONC D-2 (1973), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin)
SAS hangar and administration building
SAS hangar and administration building (18 August 1976) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø76/2647 ; License CC BY-SA)
Aerial image / satellite image Oslo lufthavn, Fornebu, 1977
Satellite image from 13 September 1977 - The photo shows a landscape partly covered with snow. However, according to information on the Internet, on 13 September 1977 temperatures in Oslo were between 1 and 15° C and there was no precipitation. So it is possible that the date is wrong. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Aerial view Oslo Fornebu
Aerial view (between 1975 and 1980) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørsted, Henrik; oslobilder.no OB.A9417 ; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.A9417)

In the 1980s

Road to the airport, 1981
Road to the airport (1981) (Source: Oslo Museum; Atelier Rude; oslobilder.no OB.R15682e ; License: CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.R15682e)
Oslo lufthavn Fornebu, DC-9 SAS, 1982
Apron with SAS DC-9 aircraft (05 November 1982) (Source: Oslo Museum; Photographer Ørnelund, Leif; oslobilder.no OB.Ø82/2920 (cropped) ; License CC BY-SA, http://oslobilder.no/OMU/OB.%C3%9882/2920)

Pictures from August 2018

Building and control tower in the north of Fornebu
Building and control tower in the north of the area
Is the "C" (right) still original from the airport?
Tower Oslo lufthavn, Fornebu
Tower
Brannstasjon Oslo Fornebu
Former fire station (Brannstasjon)
Fire station Fornebu, Norway
The old fire station from the other side
Former terminal building Fornebu Airport
Former terminal building - Today office building.
New office buildings next to the old terminal
New office buildings next to the old terminal
Former Hangar
Former Hangar
Hangar Oslo Fornebu
Hangar
Building
Building
Rear of the hangar
Rear of the hangar
Backside
Backside
Further hangar
Further hangar
Rear
Rear
New homes in the south
New homes in the south
The site of the former water airport
The site of the former water airport
Building of the former seaplane base, restaurant
Building of the former seaplane base (see above), today restaurant "Sjøflyhavna Kro"
Former runway 06/24 Oslo Fornebu
Preserved part of the former runway 06/24 in the west of the peninsula. - Size approx. 50m x 20m.
Former approach from the west
Former approach from the west

Index to the objects shown on the maps

Radio beacons / Radiofyret:

  • Asker NDB "OA"
  • Fornebu NDB "LNO", Locator "FO", ILS Localizer "FB", "OF", Outer Marker, Middle Marker
  • Gronnesand NDB "LEA"
  • Koksa NDB "FB"
  • Oslo VOR "FF"

Air traffic control / Flygekontrolltjeneste:

  • Fornebu Approach Control, Fornebu Tower

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

Title photo: The control tower at the former Oslo-Fornebu airport after a heavy rain shower in 2018.


Links

http://www.enfb.net/fbu/ - Airliners at Fornebu
http://knuterikskarning.priv.no/barum/Fornebo%20og... - Oslo Lufthavn Fornebu - Oslo Fornebu Airport - history and old images
http://knuterikskarning.priv.no/barum/Fornebo%20og... - Oslo sjøflyplass Fornebu og Sjøflyhavna Kro - Oslo Fornebu Seaplane station - history and old images

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