Šiauliai International Airport

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Šiauliai International Airport
Šiaulių tarptautinis oro uostas
Šiauliai Airport runway.jpg
IATA: SQQICAO: EYSA
Summary
Airport type Public/military
Owner Lithuanian Army
Location Šiauliai, Lithuania
Elevation AMSL 135 m / 443 ft
Coordinates 55°53′38″N 023°23′41″E / 55.89389°N 23.39472°E / 55.89389; 23.39472Coordinates: 55°53′38″N 023°23′41″E / 55.89389°N 23.39472°E / 55.89389; 23.39472
Website www.siauliai-airport.com
Map
SQQ is located in Lithuania
SQQ
SQQ
Location of the airport in Lithuania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14L/32R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
14R/32L 3,280 10,761 Asphalt

Šiauliai International Airport (also known as Zokniai Airport, Lithuanian: Zoknių oro uostas) (IATA: SQQICAO: EYSA) is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) southeast of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. It covers an area of 471 hectares (1,160 acres).

History[edit]

The airport was one of the largest military airports in the former Soviet Union. In 1955 it was only one of six Soviet bases capable of handling the new Myasishchev M-4 bomber. The Tupolev Tu-126 was based here between the 1960s and 1970s. It was home to the 53 APIB (53rd Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment) flying MiG-23 aircraft with the ML, MLD, and UB variants[1] and the MiG-27. It was also home to the 18th Guards Military Transport Aviation Division, and the 196 VTAP (196th Military Transport Aviation Regiment) flying Il-76 aircraft.[2] It was a base of the 117 OAP (117th Independent Aviation Regiment) flying An-12PPS aircraft.[2] The last Soviet troops based here left in 1993.


Baltic air policing[edit]

Main article: Baltic Air Policing

Šiauliai is home to the NATO Baltic Air Policing forward deployment, providing airspace security for the three Baltic members of NATO.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon, Yefim (2005). MiG-23/27 Flogger: Soviet Swing-Wing Fighter/Strike Aircraft. Midland. 185780211X. 
  2. ^ a b "37 Vozdushnaya Armiya VGK". Brinkster.com. 

External links[edit]

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