Tukums: Air Base

Аэродром Тукумс

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CoordinatesN565633 E0231326 (WGS84) Google Maps
Map with location of Tukums Air Base
The history of the Cold War airfields: Tukums

General

Tukums is located in the western part of Latvia. The airfield is southeast of the city. During the Cold War, Tukums was an air base of the Soviet Air Force.

During the Cold War

Usage

Soviet Air Force base.

Situation

Tukums Airfield 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/)

Units

Occupation by Soviet units (courtesy of "Unter dem Radar"):
  • 28 June 1945 - December 1945: HQ of a Fighter Division with Fighter Regiment (La-7)
  • 1945 - October 1953: HQ of a Fighter Division with two Fighter Regiments (Yak-9U, MiG-15)
  • September 1953 - August 1960: HQ of a Fighter Division with Fighter Regiment (MiG15UTI, MiG-17)
  • April 1960 - May 1968: Fighter Bomber Regiment (MiG-17)
  • June 1968- 1989: Bomber Regiment (Yak-28, Su-24)
  • 1989 - 1990: Naval Strike Regiment (Su-24)
  • 1990 - 1993: Guards Naval Strike Regiment (Su-24)

History

  • October 1957
    The CIA counts 3 unidentified fighter aircraft at the field. (Source: CIA)
  • November 1965: Aircraft count
    On satellite images, the CIA counted at leat 45 probable aircratf at the airfield. (Source: CIA)
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