A poor, highway in the Northwest of Russia lies through a few pine forests, skirting lakes, swampy swamps, and abandoned and forgotten villages. And suddenly I saw a narrow that old broken “concrete” goes to the side. I have seen them many times in many parts of Russia and they could mean only one thing — there was or is a secret military site there.
Without thinking twice, I turn onto this road and open the topographic maps. Very close there was a huge military airfield with a garrison. It was a necessity to look at the current one or not, although looking at the quality of concrete, there were big doubts about this. After a couple of kilometers, they fell into a bandoned aviation garrison, the checkpoint at the entrance is destroyed, the remains of the fence, and the coat of arms of the Russian air force.
Everywhere were dark colors of the surrounding reality, and in the absence of snow, it looked especially hopeless. I searched the web for information about the military site. This airbase had a strange history. For many years, the fighter – bomber regiment was based here, where the MiG-27 aircraft were deployed. Later, SU-24 were based here until the base was closed in 2009.
Expert on Urban Planning and Abandoned Places
|Mr. Gregory Hooqe is a highly experienced expert on Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. Mr. Gregory Hooqe has been focusing on Urban Development and Abandoned Places since 2000 and has written extensively on the subject. He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Smart Cities.|