Baltiysk (air base)

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Baltiysk
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorSoviet Air Force
Luftwaffe
LocationBaltiysk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates54°36′36″N 019°52′6″E / 54.61000°N 19.86833°E / 54.61000; 19.86833
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6,562 2,000 Concrete
1945 photograph of German refugees near the hangar at Baltiysk during the Evacuation of East Prussia.

Baltiysk was a military air base in Baltiysk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. It is located on the Vistula Spit, 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) southwest of Baltiysk center within the city proper, on the opposite side of the Strait of Baltiysk close to the westernmost point of Russia.

Originally constructed in the 1930s by Nazi Germany for the Luftwaffe, it was unused during World War II but was damaged by Allied bombings. In 1945 after the war ended, the air base came into possession of the Soviet Union and entered limited service with the Soviet Air Force, who used the remains of the air base to house a small number of interceptor alert pads. Baltiysk was deactivated in the 1990s following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the air base has since been abandoned.

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