Tapa: Air Base

Аэродром Тапа

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
CoordinatesN591412 E0255715 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation 330 ft
Map with location of Tapa Air Base
The history of the Cold War airfields: Tapa

General

Tapa is located in the north of Estonia. The air base is 3 km south of the city. During the Cold War, there was an air base of the Soviet Air Force.

During the Cold War

Usage

Soviet air base.

In the 1950s

History

  • October 1957
    US agencies count at the airfield 90 to 110 fighters, possibly MiG-15. (Source: CIA)

In the 1970s

Situation

Tapa Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1973
Tapa 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

Overview

Tapa Air Base, Estonia, on a US satellite image from July 1980
Tapa Air Base on a US satellite image from July 1980
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
QRA lanes at both ends of the runway.
Characteristic: The QRA lanes at both ends of the runway.
(Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Runways

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!
  • 05/23: 2500 m

Units

656 IAP MiG-23 (1990).

Installations

Runway; 10 QRA positions in the west and in the east, immediately north of the runway (see pattern ); taxiway in the north; flightline in the northeast; shelter areas in the west and northeast; some open parking pads; railway connection in the north from Tapa.

Sources

Links

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