Smirnykh Air Base
|Operator||Soviet Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||141 ft / 43 m|
Smirnykh (Russian: Смирных) is an abandoned Soviet airbase in Sakhalin, Russia located 2 km east of the village of the same name. It appeared in June 1966 KH-7 imagery with a runway length of 2,000 m. It was expanded sometime after this to 2,500 m with a new extension of revetments added.
By the 1980s Smirnykh was home to a MiG-23 (Flogger-G) interceptor regiment An ICAO report on the 1983 downing of Korean Air Flight 007 indicated PVO (Soviet Anti-Air Defense) MiG-23 fighter aircraft from Smirnykh were scrambled, but it was an Su-15 jet from Dolinsk-Sokol which carried out the shootdown.
The airfield is no longer in use and the runways have not been maintained in decades.
- OAK SUPPLEMENT PART 8 KH-9 MISSION 1204 11 OCTOBER - 17 DECEMBER 1972 (TOP SECRET), CIA-RDP78T04752A000100010005-1, Central Intelligence Agency, January 1, 1973.
- Fencer Deployment, Smirnykh Airfield, USSR, Central Intelligence Agency, October 1983.