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Jelgava airfield leftover

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Hidden : 07/19/2009
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[LAT] Slepnis atrodas kadreizeja PSRS militaraja objekta - Jelgavas lidlauka. Tas ir novietots netalu no angara, pie kura vel saglabajusies ari padomju smaga tehnika.
[ENG] The site is a former USSR military object - Jelgava airfield. The cache is located near a hangar, which boasts leftover of soviet lorries as well.

Jelgavas lidlauks tika uzbuvets PSRS laika. Tolaik tas bija visapsargatakais militarais objekts pilseta, par ko vel šobrid liecina masivie dzelonstieplu žogi teritorija. Kopeja lidlauka teritorija ir vairak ka 10ha. Lidlauks bija paredzets ne tikai iznicinataju un armijas helikopteru vajadzibam, bet ari lielu lidmašinu uznemšanai, lai gan šobrid tiek apgalvots, ka kravas lidmašinas šaja lidlauka nosesties nevaretu.

Lidlauka skrejcelš, kas izbuvets no lielam betona plaksnem, sakotneji bija 2,5 km garš, tomer pec neatkaribas atgušanas dala lidlauka plakšnu tika izsaimniekotas, tadejadi skrejcela kopgarums ir krietni vien sarucis.

Šobrid lidlauka teritorija aktivi darbojas izpletnleceji un aerokluba entuziasti.

Lidlaukam esot ari oficials statuss, tapec ta teritorija atrodas ari muita. Interesanti, ka kada no internetavotiem pat apgalvots, ka Dienvidslavijas bombardešanas laika šaja lidlauka neliela transportlidmašina trenejušies NATO piloti.

Starpcitu, netalu no lidlauka ir saglabajušas ari militaras bazes paliekas (56°40'9"N 23°42'46"E; piekluve pa Uzvaras ielu).

Slepnis ir novietots kada no PSRS laika lidlauka paligautomašinam. Lai gan pie iebrauktuves lidlauka (pa Meiju celu) zime norada, ka tas ir privatipašums, taja ieklut ir iespejams - atliek vecam onkulitim-sargam pateikt, ka dodaties lekt ar izpletni vai kadas citas darišanas (lidlauka teritorija darbojas ari motorplanieristi un motordeltaplanieristi).

Jelgava airfield was constructed during Soviet times. At that time it was the most secured military object in the city, which is even nowadays testified by bulky posts with barbed wire around the territory. The total area of the airfield is more than 10ha. The airfield was constructed for needs of pursuit planes/fighters and army helicopters; it was also possible to receive small cargo planes. Yet now it is being asserted that it would not be possible for cargo planes to land here.

Runway was constructed using huge concrete plates. Initially the runway was 2,5k long, yet after Latvia regained independence and management of the airfield was not a top priority, gradually many of the plates were stolen, thus now the length of the landing strip is considerably smaller.

Currently parachutists and enthusiasts of aero club use the airfield, the runway and the remaining buildings.

It turns out, that the airfield still has the official status, therefore customs is situated there. A more exciting fact one may come across on the Internet is that during bombing of Yugoslavia, NATO pilots were training here on a small cargo plane.

As a matter of fact, not far away from the airfield you can also find the remains of the military base (56°40'9"N 23°42'46"E; access from Uzvaras street - Uzvaras iela).

The cache is placed in one of the Soviet times cars that were used by airfield personnel. Although the sign at entrance (at Meiju road - Meiju celš) suggests this is a private territory, it is available to the public - just tell the old guard that your are there for parachute jumping or any other related business (also motor gliders and motor delta-gliders can be seen in the airfield).

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