Jēkabpils: Air Base Krustpils

Аэродром Екабпилс Крустпилс

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CoordinatesN563206 E0255321 (WGS84) Google Maps
Map with location of Jakabpils / Krustpils air base
The history of the Cold War airfields: Jēkabpils
by Bert Kondruss

General

Jēkabpils is located in the eastern part of Latvia. The Krustpils Air Base is in the north of the city. During the Cold War, Jēkabpils was an air base of the Soviet Air Force.

During the Cold War

Usage

Soviet Air Force base.

Situation

Jēkabpils Krustpils Air Base on a map 1973
Jēkabpils Krustpils 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)

Runways

  • 07/25: 2000 m

Units

Occupation by Soviet units (courtesy of "Unter dem Radar"):
  • July 1953 - May 1993: independent Reconnaissance Regiment (Il-28R, Yak-27R, Yak-28R, Yak-28PP, Su-17 M3R/M4R, Su-24MR)
  • July 1954: independent Reconnaissance Regiment ORAP (Pe-2R, Il-28R)
  • 1960 - 1977: independent Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (MiG-15bisR, MiG-21R),
  • 1969 - 1975: independent Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (MiG-21R)

History

  • October 1957
    US agencies count about 40 aircraft on the airfield, among them about 13 Il-28 BEAGLE, 20 to 30 MiG fighter and 1 or 2 transport aircraft.
    Source: /CIA/
  • July 1965
    US agencies count at the airfield 15 light straight-wing aircraft and 9 small aircraft, possible swept-wing
    Source: /CIA/

Today

Usage

Closed.

Images

The following pictures from 2008 were taken and provided by "the passenger" - thank you very much!
Runway Jekabpils, Latvia
Runway
Control tower
Control tower
Shelter
Shelter
Place for ladders
"Place for ladders"
Helicopter Mi-24 HIND
A Mi-24 helicopter in a front yard nearby
Soviet helicopter Mil Mi-24 HIND
Enlargement
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