Luostari/Pechenga (air base)

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Luostari Pechenga
Luostari-Pechenga airfield, former Soviet Union.jpg
Airport type Military
Operator Russian Air Force
Location Luostari
Elevation AMSL 249 ft / 76 m
Coordinates 69°24′0″N 030°59′18″E / 69.40000°N 30.98833°E / 69.40000; 30.98833Coordinates: 69°24′0″N 030°59′18″E / 69.40000°N 30.98833°E / 69.40000; 30.98833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 5,741 1,750

Luostari Pechenga, located just two kilometres of former Ala-Luostari village, adjacent to the village developed around Petsamo (Petshenga) Monastery,(in Finnish language: Luostari = Monastery) is a military air base, served by the 258 OVE (258th Independent Helicopter Squadron) flying Mi-24, Mi-35, and Mi-8 helicopters. Yuri Gagarin served here after having graduated from the Orenburg Pilot's School (1957–1960).