Tapa Airfield

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Tapa Airfield
Tapa lennuväli
Airport type Military
Operator Estonian Air Force
Location Tapa
Elevation AMSL 318 ft / 97 m
Coordinates 59°14′6″N 025°57′6″E / 59.23500°N 25.95167°E / 59.23500; 25.95167Coordinates: 59°14′6″N 025°57′6″E / 59.23500°N 25.95167°E / 59.23500; 25.95167
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8,202 2,500 Concrete

Tapa is an air base in Estonia located 3 km southwest of Tapa. During the Cold War it was home to 656 IAP (656th Interceptor Aviation Regiment) which flew MiG-23 aircraft. In 1987, interceptor aircraft were dispatched from Tapa to intercept Mathias Rust's Cessna 172 in a famous Cold War incident.[1]

See also[edit]

Tapa Army Base

List of airports in Estonia


  1. ^ LeCompte, Tom (July 2005). "The Notorious Flight of Mathias Rust, Air & Space Magazine". Retrieved 2008-09-04.