Kaliningrad Chkalovsk

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Kaliningrad Chkalovsk (also Chkalovskoye, Tchalov, or Proveren) is a naval air base in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia located 9 km northwest of Kaliningrad. Most instances in Russian aviation literature of Chkalovsk or Chkalovskoye refer specifically to this large airfield. It is Kaliningrad's largest airfield, a significant Baltic naval military base with four separate complexes for bomber and fighter parking.

Chkalovsk began receiving Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder) aircraft around 1963 and by 1967 had 30 aircraft The Tu-22 aircraft were transferred to Zyabrovka in 1992 as the unit re-equipped with Su-24MR. High-resolution Google Earth imagery shows the base is still active, with Su-27 aircraft on the ramp, a transport aircraft, and some helicopters. Some Tu-22M (Backfire) appear to be stored.

Chkalovsk was home to 846 OMSHAP (846th Independent Naval Shturmovik Aviation Regiment) flying 44 Su-17 aircraft in 1992; and 15 ODRAP (15th Independent Long-Range Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment) flying 30 Tupolev Tu-22 aircraft from 1966 to 1982 and 12 Su-24 aircraft by the 1990s.<ref...
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