Tapa is located in the north of Estonia. The air base is 3 km south of the city. During the Cold War, there was an air base of the Soviet Air Force.
During the Cold War
Soviet air base.
In the 1950s
October 1957 US agencies count at the airfield 90 to 110 fighters, possibly MiG-15. Source: /CIA/
In the 1970s
Tapa 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
Tapa Air Base on a US satellite image from July 1980 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Characteristic: The QRA lanes at both ends of the runway. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
05/23: 2500 m
656 IAP MiG-23 (1990).
Runway; 10 QRA positions in the west and in the east, immediately north of the runway (see pattern ); taxiway in the north; flightline in the northeast; shelter areas in the west and northeast; some open parking pads; railway connection in the north from Tapa.