Sredny Ostrov

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Sredny Ostrov
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Russian Air Force
Location Khatanga (village)
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 79°31′42″N 091°4′30″E / 79.52833°N 91.07500°E / 79.52833; 91.07500Coordinates: 79°31′42″N 091°4′30″E / 79.52833°N 91.07500°E / 79.52833; 91.07500
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9,842 3,000


Sredny Ostrov is a military airfield in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia located 893 km north of Khatanga. It is an ice airfield used as an alternate field for Tu-95 (Bear) bombers in the Arctic. It was built in the late 1950s as a staging base for Soviet bombers to reach the United States, and was maintained by OGA (Arctic Control Group), which was a caretaker agency for strategic facilities in the Arctic. In March 1979 2 Tu-128 (Fiddler) aircraft were based here. The airfield is believed to be operational, operated by Frontier Guards (FSB) and capable of servicing An-26 and An-72 aircraft (it was in use as of January 2000, when an expedition bound for the North Pole recorded being flown there from Khatanga).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ola Skinnarmo, Kampen mot Nordpolen, Stockholm [DN-förlaget], 2000,; ch.1