Žatec: Air Base

Letiště Žatec, Zatec, Postoloprty

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CoordinatesN502216 E0133520 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 273 m
Location indicatorLKZC
Map with location of Žatec Air Base, Czech Republic
The history of the Cold War airfields: Žatec
by Bert Kondruss

During the Cold War

Usage

Czechoslovak Air Force base.

Situation

Žatec Air Base on a map 1973
Žatec Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1973 (Source: ONC E-3 (1973), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin)

Overview

Žatec Air Base, Czech Republic, on a US satellite image 1979
Žatec Air Base on a US satellite image from 16 May 1979 - 1: Airfield with runway, 2: remote dispersal area, 3: emergency runway (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Remote dispersal area with shelter in the southwest
Remote dispersal area with shelter in the southwest (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Northwestern part of the air base with barracks
Northwestern part with barracks (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Zatec Air Base: Western part of the runway
Western part of the runway (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Zatec Air Base: Eastern part of the runway
Eastern part (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Runways

Data for the 1980s:
  • 10/28: 2500 m x 80 m Concrete
  • 08/26: 2050 m x 30 m Emergency runway

Radio beacons

Data for the 1980s:
  • FFF 28: 290.5 "MR"
  • NFF 28: 599 "M"
  • RSBN: Channel 26 "MR", N502206 E0133503 (S42/83?)
  • PRMG: Channel 28

Radio communication

The call sign of the airfield was MERKUR (1980s).
According to western signals intelligence (SIGINT), the airfield was also called "Navigacni Punkt 490" by the Czechoslovak Air Force.

Units

11 SLP "Invazni": L-39ZA, MiG-21MF, UM, MiG-29A, UB (1990)

Additional information

US satellite interpretation from March 1973: Status operational. Hangarette construction is complete. A 4.631 x 66 foot runway/taxiway has been constructed leading to the southwest hangarette group. Three prefabricated concrete structures were under construction, one with each group of hangarettes.
Air order of battle, 01 May 1973: 5 MiG-21 FISHBED; 1 Il-14 CRATE, 5 Mi-4 HOUND
Source: CIA

Today

Usage

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