Smolensk-North military airfield
|Smolensk-North military airfield
Военный аэродром "Смоленск-Северный"
|Height above MSL||250 m (820 ft )|
|Distance from the city center||4 km north of Smolensk|
|08/26||2500 m of concrete|
The runway is approved for take-offs and landings of aircraft of categories A, B, C and D, but with limits on their carrying capacity . In addition to military aircraft, test aircraft from the Smolensk Aircraft Plant ( Смоленский авиационный завод / СмАЗ ) are also stationed at the airfield .
During the Cold War , the airfield was the base of the 401st IAP (401st Fighter Regiment / истребительный авиационный полк ) and the 871st IAP of the air defense , at the end equipped with MiG-23 , Su-27 and MiG-29 .
Later the 103rd Guards Air Transport Regiment " WS Grisodubowa " was stationed in Smolensk with machines of the Ilyushin Il-76 (Il-76M and Il-76MD). This pilot regiment was disbanded in October 2009 and the planes were relocated to Orenburg 2 and Taganrog military airfields . The regimental flag and the honorary title of the regiment ( guard , award: red flag) were handed over to the newly created first-order air force base at Orenburg 2 military airfield near the city of Orenburg .
On April 10, 2010, a Polish government aircraft of the type Tupolew Tu-154 with Poland's President Lech Kaczyński , his wife and an official high-ranking Polish delegation on board crashed while approaching in thick fog. All 96 people on board died.