Kaliningrad Chkalovsk

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Kaliningrad Chkalovsk
Summary
Airport type Military air base
Operator Russian Navy
Location Chkalovsk, Kaliningrad
Elevation AMSL 164 ft / 50 m
Coordinates 54°46′0″N 020°23′48″E / 54.76667°N 20.39667°E / 54.76667; 20.39667Coordinates: 54°46′0″N 020°23′48″E / 54.76667°N 20.39667°E / 54.76667; 20.39667
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3,100 Concrete

Kaliningrad Chkalovsk (also Chkalovskoye, Tchalov, or Proveren) is a naval Military air base in Chkalovsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia located 9 km northwest of Kaliningrad. Most instances in Russian aviation literature of Chkalovsk or Chkalovskoye refer specifically to this large airfield. It is Kaliningrad's largest airfield, a significant Baltic naval military base with four separate complexes for bomber and fighter parking.

Chkalovsk began receiving Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder) aircraft around 1963 and by 1967 had 30 aircraft.[1] On December 24, 1964 a Tu-22R jumped its wheel chocks during a ground run and hit three parked aircraft; all were written off.[1] In August 1966 a Tu-22 made a runway excursion while landing, destroying itself and a parked aircraft.[1] The Tu-22 aircraft were transferred to Zyabrovka in 1992 as the unit re-equipped with Sukhoi Su-24MR.[1] High-resolution Google Earth imagery shows the base is still active, with Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft on the ramp, a transport aircraft, and some helicopters. Some Tu-22M (Backfire) appear to be stored.

Chkalovsk was home to 846 OMSHAP (846th Independent Naval Shturmovik Aviation Regiment) flying 44 Sukhoi Su-17 aircraft in 1992;[2] and 15 ODRAP (15th Independent Long-Range Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment) flying 30 Tupolev Tu-22 aircraft from 1966 to 1982 [1] and 12 Su-24 aircraft by the 1990s.[2]

Scramble reports that 689 Gv IAP (Su-27s) & 288 OVP based at Nivenskoye moved to Chkalovsk during August 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Gordon, Yefim (1999). Tupelov Tu-22 'Blinder' Tu-22M 'Backfire'. Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-065-6.
  2. ^ a b "Aviatsiya VMF". Aviabaza KPOI.