Poduzhemye (air base)

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Airport type Military
Operator Russian Air Force
Serves Kem
Elevation AMSL 157 ft / 48 m
Coordinates 64°55′6″N 034°15′54″E / 64.91833°N 34.26500°E / 64.91833; 34.26500
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8,202 2,500 Concrete

Poduzhemye (also Kem/Uzhmana or Uzhmana) is an air base in Karelia, Russia located 16 km west of Kem. It is an interceptor airfield which became operational in 1957 with the 265th Fighter Aviation Regiment (265 IAP) which flew Su-15 and Su-27 aircraft.[1] Aircraft from this base forced down Korean Air Flight 902, a Boeing 707, in 1978. Google high-res imagery shows that the base is abandoned and is in neglected condition. There is a noteworthy 45 x 25 m hangar north of the airfield.

The 265th Fighter Aviation Regiment arrived at the base from Riga-Rumbula in Latvia in 1953, when it was flying MiG-15s.[2] It transitioned to MiG-17s in 1954 and Su-15s in 1969. It was subordinated to the 113th Fighter Aviation Division from 13.6.55 - 1960, the 5th Air Defence Division, 1961 - 4.80, the Air Forces of the Leningrad Military District, 4.80 - 3.86, and then the 23rd Air Defence Division, 3.86 - 1994. The regiment was disbanded in 1994.


  1. ^ "Aviatsiya PVO". Aviabaza KPOI. 
  2. ^ Holm, 265th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO, accessed December 2012.