Dyagilevo (air base)

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Dyagilevo Air Base
авиабаза Дягилево
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRussian Air Force
LocationRyazan
Elevation AMSL440 ft / 134 m
Coordinates54°38′30″N 039°34′18″E / 54.64167°N 39.57167°E / 54.64167; 39.57167Coordinates: 54°38′30″N 039°34′18″E / 54.64167°N 39.57167°E / 54.64167; 39.57167
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9,842 3,000 Concrete

Dyagilevo (also given as Dyagilevo, Ryazan Dyagilevo) is an air base in Ryazan Oblast, Russia located 3 km west of Ryazan. It has served as a training center for Russia's strategic bomber force.

In 1955 it was only one of 6 Soviet bases capable of handling the Myasishchev M-4 bomber. In 1967 it had 7 Tupolev Tu-22 used for training.[1] In 1973 it received 2 Tu-22M0 aircraft.[1] It was also home to 43 TsBPiPLS (43rd Center for Combat Application and Training of Air Crew) which included the Tu-22M, Tu-95MS, and Tu-134UBL trainer.[2] In 1985 the 49 TBAP (49th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment) arrived at Dyagilevo, flying Tu-22M and Tu-95 aircraft and eventually converting into an ITBAP (training regiment). The 49th Regiment was part of the 43rd Centre, and eventually disbanded in 1997.[3]

By 1994 it received 24 Tu-95K (Bear-G) bombers for disposal under the START II treaty. A number of Tu-16, Tu-22, and M-4 are mothballed.

Units stationed at Dyagilevo c. 2004[edit]

Il-78M
  • 43rd Centre for Combat Application and Training of Air Crew - operating Tu-22 and Tu-95[4]
  • 203rd Independent Orel Air Regiment of Guards (Air Tankers) - operating Il-78 and Il-78M. Formed 6 July 1941 at Monino near Moscow as the 412th Aviation Regiment, with TB-7 (Pe-8) heavy bombers. Renamed 432 AP several weeks later. Renamed 25 AP DD of Guards 19 September 1943. 1230 AP (SZ) renamed 203 OAP (SZ) 1 December 1994.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gordon, Yefim (1999). Tupelov Tu-22 'Blinder' Tu-22M 'Backfire'. Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-065-6.
  2. ^ a b Butowski, Pyotr (Summer 2004). International Air Power Review : Air Power Analysis: Russian Federation. AIRtime Publishing, Inc.
  3. ^ Michael Holm, 49th Instructor Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment, accessed August 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20force/division/schools/43tsbppls.htm