Cerklje Air Base

Letališče Cerklje ob Krki

Cerklje: Air Base

Letališče Cerklje ob Krki, Brežice

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CoordinatesN455360 E0153156 (WGS84) Google Maps
Location indicatorLJCE
Map with location of Cerklje Air Base, Slovenia
The history of the Cold War airfields: Cerklje


Cerklje was an airfield of the Yugoslav People's Army. As a special feature it had a distant dispersal area, about 2 km southwest. The route between the airfield and the dispersal area could be used as a runway.

During the Cold War

In the 1960s


Cerklje Air Base, Yugoslavia (today Slovenia), on a US satellite image 1969
Cerklje Air Base and surroundings on a US satellite image from 26 July 1969. - 1=airfield; 2=emergency runway; 3=remote dispersal area; 4=SAM site
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Cerklje airfield
The airfield
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Emergency runway, remote dispersal, SAM site Cerklje
Emergency runway, remote dispersal and SAM site - Apparently, there was a connection path from the decentralization area to the anti-aircraft missile site at that time.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

In the 1980s and early 1990s


Cerklje Air Base on a US map 1981
Cerklje Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1981
Source: ONC F-2 (1981), Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin



Slovenian air base. The remote dispersal area in the southwest is used as racetrack "Gaj circuit" (formerly "Mobikrog")


Cerklje Air Base: Map
(1)Main runway
(2)Grass runway
(3) Emergency runway
(4) Remote dispersal area
(5)Additions built later for the race track
(6)Race track passes through a shelter
(8)Gorica surface-to-air missile site


  • 09/27: 2432 m x 46 m Asphalt
  • 05/23: 2200 m Emergency runway, closed


In addition to the main runway, the airfield had an emergency runway in south-western direction. At the end was a remote dispersal areas with shelters. About 4 km southwest of the airfield was a anti-aircraft missile base.


The emergency runway and the former dispersal area in 2005
Zasap: Gate from the airfield to the emergency runway
Gate from the airfield to the emergency runway (near Zasap)
Emergency runway Letališče Cerklje, Slovenija
Emergency runway, looking southwest
Mobikrog racetrack / Gaj circuit, Cerklje, Slovenia
Gate to Mobikrog racetrack (today Gaj circuit)
Shelter at the Slovenian air base at Cerklje
Mobikrog race track / Gaj circuit
The racetracks runs through a shelter
A taxiway, now racetrack
A taxiway, now racetrack
Barricades at the end of a taxiway at Cerklje aerodrome
Barricades at the terminating circle of a taxiway
Pictures from the former anti-aircraft missile site at Gorica, about 4 km south-southwest of the airfield.
Gate to the S-75 (SA-2) SAM site
Yugoslav SAM site near Gorica: Barricades
Anti-aircraft missile site Gorica, former Yugoslavia
Way on the site
Buildings at the gate to the Surface-to-air missile site Gorica, Slovenia
Buildings at the gate
Gorica near Cerklje, Buildings at the missile site


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