Chuguyevka (air base)

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Airport type Military
Operator Russian Air Force
Location Chuguyevka
Elevation AMSL 1,001 ft / 305 m
Coordinates 44°5′0″N 133°52′6″E / 44.08333°N 133.86833°E / 44.08333; 133.86833Coordinates: 44°5′0″N 133°52′6″E / 44.08333°N 133.86833°E / 44.08333; 133.86833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,202 2,500 Concrete

Chuguyevka (also written in various references as Chuguevka, Sandagou, Sikharovka (erroneous), Sakharovka (erroneous), Sokolovka, and Bulyga-Fadeyevo) is a military air base in Primorski Krai, Russia. The base's primary objective was to scramble aircraft against SR-71 flights over Vladivostok. The primary operator was 530 IAP (530th Interceptor Aviation Regiment) of the 11 OA PVO. During the 1960s it flew MiG-17 aircraft, and by the 1970s as SR-71 flights became an issue of concern it acquired 36 MiG-25P Foxbat planes. By the 1990s it phased them out with MiG-31.

The base rose to prominence in September 1976 when a MiG-25 from Chuguyevka, piloted by Victor Belenko, defected to Hakodate, Japan. This incident was a major security breach for the Soviet Union. Currently, Google Earth high-resolution imagery shows at least 20 MiG-25 and MiG-31 aircraft on the airfield.