Tapa: Air Base

Аэродром Тапа

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The history of the Cold War airfields: Tapa
by Bert Kondruss
Coordinates: N591412 E0255715 (WGS84) Google Maps
Elevation: 330 ft

Location

Map with location of Tapa Air Base

General

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

Usage

Soviet air base.

In the 1950s

History

  • October 1957
    US agencies count at the airfield 90 to 110 fighters, possibly MiG-15.
    Source: /CIA/

In the 1970s

Situation

Tapa Air Base on a map of the US Department of Defense from 1973
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

Overview

Tapa Air Base, Estonia, on a US satellite image from July 1980
Tapa Air Base on a US satellite image from July 1980 (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)
QRA lanes at both ends of the runway.
Characteristic: The QRA lanes at both ends of the runway. (Source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Runways

  • 05/23: 2500 m

Units

656 IAP MiG-23 (1990).

Installations

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.

Sources

Links

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