Cold War Relics: Soviet Planes Boneyard at Pearls Airport in Grenada. Pearls Airport opened in 1943.
Pearls was Grenada’s first airport, though it hasn’t been used for commercial service in years. Pearls Airport opened in 1943. It is said that Grenada was aligning with communist ideals and that Cuban workers helped build the airport. The facility and landing strip was not in daily operation as it was not part of Pan American airways. These days it mostly serves as a nice grazing area for local cows, goats, and curious aviation and Cold War history buffs.
When the U.S. Military invaded Grenada back in 1983, Pearls was one of their primary targets. Old planes, like this Soviet crop duster with “CCCP” (USSR) still barely visible on the fuselage evidence the Cold War history here. This aircraft, and an old Cubana Airlines plane nearby, were both damaged by invading U.S. Forces and left here to rot. Visitors can explore both aircraft inside and out, though you’ll want to watch out for the cows and goats, and their attendant dung patties…
The runway is 5,200 feet long. It is used today for drag racing from time to time.
The ICAO airport code for Pearl Airport is TGPG.
Where is the abandoned and decayed Cuban airliner at Pearl Airport located? You can find it with these coordinates. 12.143905, -61.613735.