Mys Shmidta Airport

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Mys Shmidta Airport
Аэропорт Мыс Шмидта
Аэропорт Мыс Шмидта.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Chukotavia
Location Mys Shmidta, Shmidtovsky District, Chukotka, Russia
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 68°52′06″N 179°22′32″W / 68.86833°N 179.37556°W / 68.86833; -179.37556Coordinates: 68°52′06″N 179°22′32″W / 68.86833°N 179.37556°W / 68.86833; -179.37556
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Mys Shmidta is located in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Mys Shmidta
Mys Shmidta
Location of airport in Chukotka
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,450 8,202 Concrete
Source:[1]

Mys Shmidta Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Мыс Шмидта) (ICAO: UHMI), also known as Cape Shmidt Airport, is a former military airbase in the Iultinsky District of Chukotka, Russia. It is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) southeast of Mys Shmidta. It is a major airfield with a 2,450 by 60 metres (8,038 ft × 197 ft) concrete tarmac. It was built in 1954 [2] as an Arctic staging base for intercontinental bomber flights, with caretaker services provided by OGA (Arctic Control Group). The gravel overrun suggests that the runway was to eventually be extended to 3000 m. Unlike airports such as the Provideniya Bay Airport, which has always been a civilian airport, or the Iultin Airport, which was constructed specifically to serve the needs of the remote mine nearby, the Mys Shmidta airport was initially part of the ring of forward staging bases used by the Arctic Control Group (OGA) prior to intercontinental ballistic missiles gaining favour as the primary means of long-range defense.[3]

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  1. ^ Airport information for Mys Shmidta, Russian Federation (Russia) (UHMI) at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Post on Arctic Bases". Avia.ru. 
  3. ^ GlobalSecurity.org. Information about Mys Shmidta

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