Survey of Russian Airfields
Tim Vasquez
September 2009 edition

The Russian-Soviet airfield database was a project I began in September 2005. Partly it was to better understand Soviet military posture during the Cold War years. Many books about that era neglect Air Force order of battle details and focus on personalities and command structures. In addition to discovering more about the Cold War, I soon realised that this project was also useful to pilots and to WWII historians.

For a brief time in 2006 I posted the information on a site called but due to other time constraints I abandoned it. I then developed a script to upload much of the content to Wikipedia for others to work on, but only completed this for airfields from about 58N poleward. So if the Russian airfield content on Wikipedia looks like it came from me, it probably did.

Effective September 2009 I decided to update my database and re-release it on my own website. I am also slowly, slowly developing a Chinese and North Korean airfield database which may be released later.

Complete data on former Soviet Bloc airfields continues to be a difficult problem partly due to the limited availability of public information, a lingering remnant of the Cold War, and the language barriers. On the other hand due to growth of Russian language documentation there is a lot to be learned and I am slowly learning the language.

Online version
This contains most of the Russian Airfield data online on a series of HTML pages.

Excel version (right-click to download)
Commercial use of this database is strictly prohibited without advance written permission. A description of the complete data is here. If you have used the database for any hobbyist, military studies, or aviation enthusiast use, please contact me here and I'll be glad to provide a link to your website or post about what you have accomplished. This database has been copyrighted and any use for commercial purposes (for general airport directories, as a resource on major websites, and other revenue-generating purposes) is not permitted without our express consent. I do permit the use of this data on Wikipedia if you wish to offload the data somehow to their encyclopedia.

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