Borisoglebsk (air base)

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Borisoglebsk
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRussian Air Force
LocationBorisoglebsk, Voronezh Oblast
Elevation AMSL390 ft / 119 m
Coordinates51°22′0″N 042°10′42″E / 51.36667°N 42.17833°E / 51.36667; 42.17833Coordinates: 51°22′0″N 042°10′42″E / 51.36667°N 42.17833°E / 51.36667; 42.17833
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8,202 2,500 Concrete


Borisoglebsk (also Borisoglebsk East) is an air base in Voronezh Oblast, Russia located 6 km east of Borisoglebsk. It is a small military airfield.

From 1960 to 1971 the 478th Training Aviation Regiment, initially flying Ilyushin Il-12s and Il-14s, was stationed at the airfield.[1] It moved in 1971 to Petrovsk in Saratov Oblast.

In October 1990 the 1080th Red Banner Aviation Centre for Retraining of Personnel named for V.P. Chkalov (1080 UATsPLS, ru:Борисоглебское высшее военное авиационное училище лётчиков им. В. П. Чкалова) was activated at Borisoglebsk. It was an amalgamation of the 796th Center for Preparation of Officers for Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Aviation, and the Borisoglebsk Higher Military Aviation School of Pilots.[2] The Centre was subordinated to the Air Forces of the Moscow Military District.

The 1080 UATsPLS had the following components in 1990:

  • 160th Instructor Fighter Aviation Regiment (Borisoglebsk, Voronezh Oblast) with MiG-29 and MiG-21. In 1991 the 160 IIAP was equipped with 60 MiG-21 aircraft. In addition, the regiment had 25 MiG-29E in the early 1990s through at least 2003.[3]
  • 186th Instructor Assault Aviation Regiment (Buturlinovka, Voronezh Oblast) with Su-25
  • 281st Instructor Fighter Aviation Regiment (Totskoye, Orenburg Oblast) with MiG-23
  • 343rd Instructor Fighter Aviation Regiment (Sennoy, Saratov Oblast) with MiG-29

Holm's information reports that the 1080 UATsPLS was disbanded in 1997 and the awards (presumably the Order of the Red Banner and the title 'in the name of V.P. Chkalov') were transferred to the 4th Center for Combat Employment and Retraining of Crews VVS at Lipetsk. His information also suggests that the remnants remained as the Borisoglebsk Aviation Garrison, which was disbanded in 2000.

However, Google Earth high-resolution satellite imagery accessed in 2006 showed numerous Aero L-39 'Albatross' trainer aircraft, Su-25 'Frogfoot' and two Su-24 'Fencer' aircraft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20force/regiment/uap/478uap.htm
  2. ^ Michael Holm, 1080 UATsPLS, accessed August 2011
  3. ^ "37 Vozdushnaya Armiya VGK". Brinkster.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-16.