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Baherove Air Base

Baherove Air Base (Ukrainian: Багерове авіабаза, Russian: Багерово авиабаза; also transliterated as Bagarovo or Bagerovo) is an air base in Baherove, Crimea. Located 3 km northwest of the village Baherove, 14 km northwest of town of Kerch. Airfield Baherove is «out-of-class» airport, which can accommodate aircraft of all types. From 1996 the airfield is not in use (abandoned).

Baherove Air Base
«Багерове авіабаза»
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Location Baherove, Crimea
Elevation AMSL 364 ft / 115 m
Coordinates 45°24′25″N
Baherove Air Base is located in Crimea

Baherove Air Base
Location of Baherove Air Base in Crimea
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 11,483 3,500 Concrete


Baherove Air Base was 71st ground Air Force that was established in the Crimean village of Baherove in accordance with the Resolution of the «Council of Ministers of USSR» on August 21, 1947 with the aim of aviation security for air nuclear testing and refinement of technical means of delivering nuclear warheads, which are mainly at the time could only be used by aviation. The first atomic charges were designed for aerial bombs with overall weight and dimensions characteristics allowing their use with long-range bomber Tu-4.

For takeoff and landing of heavy bombers a runway was built in Baherove Air Base with width of 100 meters (328 feet) and a length of 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi). The runway was made from strong concrete and is still in excellent condition today.

In 1998, Air Force military unit, and college were disbanded, and the garrison fell into neglect with the entire infrastructure.

The main highlight of the airfield was that the airfield was one of the most powerful of the three airstrips in USSR, which was built under the project to create the space shuttle Buran.

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