Pärnu: Air Base

Аэродром Пярну

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN582511 E0242826 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 47 ft
Location indicatorEEPU
Map with location of Pärnu Air Base
The history of the Cold War airfields: Pärnu

General

Pärnu is located in the southwest of Estonia. During the Cold War, there was a large air base of the Soviet Air Force northwest of the city.

During the Cold War

Usage

Soviet air base.

In the 1950s

History

  • October 1957
    US agencies count at the airfield:
    - 40 to 50 aircraft Il-28 or Tu-14
    - 24 fighter planes, possibly MiG-15 or MiG-17
    - 2 transport aircraft, possibly Li-2 (Source: CIA)

In the 1960s

Overview

Pärnu Air Base on a US satellite picture from 16 May 1966
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement: old runway system
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement: 26 aircraft of different types
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement: Additional 5 aircraft on the southwestern edge
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement: Target cross?
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Enlargement: Radio beacon for approaches from the northeast
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Railways around the airfield
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

History

  • July 1965
    US agencies count at the airfield 9 large swept-wing fighter aircraft and 5 possibly small swept-wing fighter aircraft. (Source: CIA)

In the 1970s

Situation

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

In the 1980s and early 1990s

Runways

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
  • 03/21: 2500 m x 45 m

Units

655 IAP (655 ИАП) MiG-23 (1990).

Today

Usage

Civil airfield.

Sources

Airfields in the vicinity

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