Ozerne (air base)

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Airport type Military
Operator Ukrainian Air Force
Location Zhytomyr
Elevation AMSL 761 ft / 232 m
Coordinates 50°9′30″N 028°44′18″E / 50.15833°N 28.73833°E / 50.15833; 28.73833Coordinates: 50°9′30″N 028°44′18″E / 50.15833°N 28.73833°E / 50.15833; 28.73833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/26 10,006 3,050 Concrete

Ozerne (given in source material under the plethora of names: Zhytomyr Ozerna, Ozernyy, Ozernoye, Oziernoye, Ozernoe, Ozernoye, Ozyornoye, Ozyornaya) is an air base in Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine located 11 km southeast of Zhytomyr. The facility has angled taxiways, ramp space, and over 30 large revetments consistent with a bomber base.

15th Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Division was stationed at the base from 1945 to 1994.[1] In 1965 Ozernoye began receiving Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder) aircraft. By 1967 it had 31 Tu-22 aircraft, and in 1968 it received Tu-22PD aircraft.[2] A Tu-22 crash-landed here in 1969 due to a stall during the landing flare; this incident was captured by a movie camera and used in the motion picture Tenderness for the Roaring Beast.[2]

In December 1989 the 251st Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (Belaya Tserkov, Kiev Oblast) with Tu-16K, was transferred under the control of the 43rd 43rd Center for Combat Employment and Retraining of Personnel of Long Range Aviation, located in the Russian SFSR. In 1990 the division comprised:

  • 121st Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (Machulishchi, Minsk Oblast) with Tu-22K
  • 203rd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (Baranovichi, Brest Oblast) with Tu-22K
  • 341st Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment (Ozernoye, Zhitomir Oblast) with Tu-22K

With the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1992 the two regiments in Belarus were transferred under other command and the 251st Regiment rejoined the division. Units stationed at Ozernoye include:

Currently the airfield is home to about 15 advanced fighter aircraft visible in Google Earth high-resolution imagery. The north airfield appears to contain a huge army salvage yard.


Monument at entrance to garrison
  1. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20force/division/bad/15gvtbad.htm
  2. ^ a b c d Gordon, Yefim (1999). Tupolev Tu-22 'Blinder' Tu-22M 'Backfire'. Midland Publishing. ISBN 1-85780-065-6. 
  3. ^ "Aviatsiya PVO". Aviabaza KPOI. 
  4. ^ Michael Holm
  5. ^ a b "Dal'nyaya Aviatsiya". Aviabaza KPOI.