Lielvārde is located in the center of Latvia. The airfield is north of the city. During the Cold War, Lielvārde was an air base of the Soviet Air Force. Today, it is still used as a military aerodrome.
During the Cold War
Soviet Air Force base, built in the 1970s.
Occupation by Soviet units (courtesy of "Unter dem Radar"):
September 1979 - July 1981: 899th Fighter Regiment (899-й ИАП, MiG-21bis)
July 1981 - April 1993: 899th Fighter Bomber Regiment (MiG-21bis, MiG-21SMT, MiG-27D, MiG-23UB)