Savasleyka (air base)
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|Operator||Russian Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||335 ft / 102 m|
Savasleyka (Russian: Саваслейка) is an air base in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia. It is located near the village of Savasleyka in Kulebaksky District, between the towns of Vyksa (which is 16 km southwest of the airfield), Kulebaki (some 10 km to the east of the base) and Navashino (some 10 km to the northwest of the airfield).
The name of the base is also often transcribed into English as Savasleika; sometimes it is misspelled as Savastleyka or Savostleyka. The base has also been referred to as Murom, after the city of Murom that is some 25 km northwest, in the neighboring Vladimir Oblast.
The history of the airfield goes back to 1953–54, when the Training Center of the Aviation of the Air Defence Forces (Russian: Краснознамённый учебно-методический центр авиации ПВО) was moved to Savasleyka from Seyma (Volodarsk).
The Tupolev Tu-128 was originally fielded at Savasleyka in 1964. It is a small airfield with a utilitarian layout and a small number of unpaved fighter revetments.
Savasleyka was home to 54th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment (54 Gv IAP) with Su-27 aircraft in 1994 and today, as part of the 4th Aircrew Combat Training Centre at Lipetsk Air Base. The 54th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment had previously been based at Vainode Air Base in the Latvian SSR. The 4th absorbed the previous 148 TsBP i PLS (Aircrew Combat Training and Retraining Centre) of the PVO (Air Defense) with Su-17, Su-27, MiG-31MLD, and Mi-8 aircraft after 1998.
A small aircraft museum is currently operated at the base.
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