Tallinn: Seaplane Station

Lennusadam

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The history of the Cold War airfields: Tallin Lennusadam
by Bert Kondruss
Coordinates: N592707 E0244418 (WGS84) Google Maps

Location

Map with location of Tallinn Seaplane Station

General

The capital Tallinn is located in the north of Estonia. In the north of the city was a seaplane station Today, the station is closed and the installations are used by a museum.

During World War II

Situation

Tallinn, Estonia, seaplane station on a city map 1940
Map with the seaplane station on a MilGeo city map from 1940 (Source: mapywig.org)

Overview

Tallinn seaplane harbour and aircraft hangar
Position 9 is the seaplane harbour, 9a an aircraft hangar (Source: mapywig.org)

During the Cold War

Situation

Tallinn's airfields (Estonia) on a satellite picture from 1967
Tallinn's airfields on a satellite picture from 1967 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Overview

Satellite image of Tallinn seaplane harbour (Lennusadam) 1965
Satellite image from June 1965. There are no planes visible. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

History

  • CIA report from January 1950
    The terrain is about 165 feet x 330 feet. A stone hangar with five cupolas measures about 130 feet x 165 feet. The base has a concrete landing strip.
  • Four flying boats, twin-engine high-wing monoplanes with single rudder assembly and retractable floats at the wing tips, are stationed here.
  • Flying with individual planes, allegedly courier flights to Leningrad, are observed. A seaplane lands daily at 5 p.m.
  • Comment: The occupation by four flying boats apparently has not changed since late 1948. The described aircraft is definitely identified as the Soviet GST type. The plane may be a Soviet version of the Catalina type or an original lend-lease type.

Today

Usage

Closed. The site with the former hangar now houses the Estonian Maritime Museum.

Sources

Links

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