Smolensk North Airport
|Smolensk North Airport|
|Operator||Russian Air Force|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (+4)|
|Elevation AMSL||820 ft / 250 m|
Smolensk North Airport (Russian военный аэродром "Смоленск-Северный", "Smolensk North Military Aerodrome") is a decommissioned military airbase in Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located 4 km north of the city of Smolensk. It is now used as Smolensk's sole airport for civil and military flights. It has a remote revetment area with 8 pads and a Yakovlev factory at the southeast side of the airfield, the Smolensk Aviation Plant.
The airport was originally built in the 1920s, and it eventually became a class 1 airfield with a runway 2500 m long and 49 m wide, capable of handling planes over 75 tons in weight.
From 1946 until 2009, the base hosted an airlift unit, the 103 Gv VTAP (103rd Guards Military Air Transport Regiment, full name in Russian: 103-й гвардейский Красносельский Краснознамённый военно-транспортный авиационный полк имени Героя Советского Союза В. С. Гризодубовой), flying Ilyushin Il-76 jets. At one point, about 28 Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft were based there.
The regiment was disbanded in the fall of 2009, and since then there have been no active units at the base except for a small airbase command post.
After the disbanding of the regiment, the airfield has been functioning in part as a civilian airport since October 2009.
Accidents and incidents
- Questions loom over disastrous Polish presidential flight.
- "Аэродром Смоленск-Северный". "Kommersant". 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- "Эксперт: На пилотов самолета с польским президентом могло оказываться давление". REGNUM News Agency. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- "37 Vozdushnaya Armiya VGK". Brinkster.com.
- Butowski, Pyotr (2004). Air Power Analysis: Russian Federation. AIRtime Publishing, Inc.
- Golloher, Jessica (10 April 2010)"Polish President, 95 Others Killed in Plane Crash ", VOA News, 10 April 2010, Retrieved April 10, 2010
- History of the 103rd Guards Military Transport Aviation Regiment, accessed 7 June 2010