RoAF 71st Air Base

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71st Air Base

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Part of Romanian Air Force (RoAF)
Located near: Câmpia Turzii, Cluj County, Romania
71st AB Control Tower.jpg
The Control Tower building at the 71st Air Base
Site information
Controlled by Flag of Romania.png Romanian Air Force
Site history
Built 1952
In use 1953-Present
Airfield information
IATA: -ICAO: LRCT
Summary
Airport type Military
Location Câmpia Turzii
Elevation AMSL 1,065 ft / 324 m
Coordinates 46°30′12″N 023°53′07″E / 46.50333°N 23.88528°E / 46.50333; 23.88528Coordinates: 46°30′12″N 023°53′07″E / 46.50333°N 23.88528°E / 46.50333; 23.88528
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 8,202 2,500 Asphalt

The Romanian Air Force 71st Air Base (Baza 71 Aeriană) is located near the town of Câmpia Turzii, in Cluj County. The 71st Airbase was founded on 1 June 2002, according to the Romanian Armed Forces reorganization program.

Since its foundation, the unit has become one of the best units of the Air Force thanks to the pilots' proficiency in carrying out flight missions, day and night and all-weather, and to the responsibility of the logistic support personnel.

In January 2001, the unit received the first MIG-21 LanceR fighter planes, and the pilots started the transition to the new model.

The base is home to the 711st, 712nd Fighter squadrons, operating MiG-21 LanceRs and to the 713rd, 714th Helicopter squadrons, operating IAR-330s.

History[edit]

The Câmpia Turzii military airfield was built between 1952 and 1953, and was home of the Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-10 attack aircraft. In 1969, an air defence unit was created on the airfield in order to provide protection against air attacks. In 1980 a paratrooper regiment is founded and assigned to the Campia Turzii. On June 30, 1982, the first fighter squadron was assigned at the air base, which in 1986 became the 71st Fighter Regiment. In 1987, when the air base finally became fully operational and operated MiG-21 fighters.[1]

On January 24, 2001 the unit was the first one to receive the modernized MiG-21 LanceR fighters. On July 1, 2002, according to a Romanian Armed Forces reorganization and modernization program, the 71st Air Base was officially founded. During late-2004, the RoAF 93rd Air Base is disbanded and its helicopter units were relocated at the 71st base. Since then, the 71st Air Base participated to a large number of national/multinational military exercises and training missions. Also, it often participated in various humanitarian missions, in cooperation with other Romanian Government institutions.[1]

2007 Baltic Air Policing[edit]

Main article: Baltic Air Policing
Front view of the Control Tower.
MiG-21 LanceR-C of the 712th Fighter Squadron taking off from the base.

Four MiG-21 LanceR Cs belonging to 71st Air Base were deployed from August 2007 to November 2007 at Šiauliai, in Lithuania for Baltic Air Policing. The Romanian detachment succeeds the French Air Force Mirage 2000Cs of Escadron de Chasse 01.012 from Cambrai, which fulfilled the Baltic Air Policing since May 2007. Once the RoAF finish its three-month stint, a Portuguese Air Force detachment will take over the mission.[2]

The four aircraft and a total of 67 personnel, among them nine pilots, are part of the detachment: 63 serve at Šiauliai, while other four serve at the air traffic control centre in Kaunas, to ensure smooth cooperation with local authorities. The Romanian detachment has attracted huge attention from the local media, not least from the fact that it is only the second time a fighter from the Soviet era has deployed to Šiauliai - Polish Air Force MiG-29s have also been deployed here in 2006. The RoAF will most probably perform again Baltic Air Policing in future.[3]

2008 Bucharest summit[edit]

Six USAF F-15E Strike Eagle fighters were deployed from March 27, 2008 to April 6, 2008, in order to provide air policing together with the Romanian Air Force fighters during the NATO 2008 Bucharest Summit, the 20th, held at Bucharest. These fighters were assisted by KC-135 Stratotankers located at the Budapest Airport in Hungary.[4] The 323rd Air Expeditionary Wing directed the USAF deployment.

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b History of the 71st Air Base, Romanian Air Force official site. Retrieved on March 27, 2008
  2. ^ LanceRs on Alert over Baltics, Air Forces Monthly, November 2007 issue, p. 36.
  3. ^ LanceRs on Alert over Baltics, Air Forces Monthly, November 2007 issue, p. 37.
  4. ^ Şase avioane F15 şi sute de militari americani, la Baza de la Câmpia Turzii (Six F-15 fighters and hundreds of US military personnel deployed at Campia Turzii base), Mediafax, March 27, 2008

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