Pärnu: Air Base

Аэродром Пярну

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The history of the Cold War airfields: Pärnu
by Bert Kondruss
Coordinates: N582511 E0242826 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 47 ft
Location Indicator: EEPU


Map with location of Pärnu Air Base


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


Soviet air base.

In the 1950s


  • 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


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)


  • 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


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


  • 03/21: 2500 m x 45 m


655 IAP (655 ИАП) MiG-23 (1990).



Civil airfield.


Airfields in the vicinity

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