at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Russian wartime airfield. During the Pacific war, American bomber crews
flying from the Alutians sometimes used the airfield for emergency
landings rather than ditch at sea, knowing they would be arrested
and their planes impounded, but were descreatly returned
to the United States.
Still in use today for military and civilian flights as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport. The main military operating unit is the 865 IAP (865th Interceptor Aviation Regiment), which operates MiG-31 fighter aircraft. Naval operations have taken place here, most notably with the 317 OSAP (317th Separate Composite Aviation Regiment) operating Tupolev Tu-16R aircraft as late as 1992, and Beriev Be-12 and Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft with unidentified unit.
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January 9, 2018