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The cold climate at Amderma airport
 in the seventies

The 72nd Guard Fighter Air Regiment PVO received the Tu-128 ‘Fiddler’ long-range patrol interceptor type in 1969. It was the fifth and last fighter air regiment of the Air Defense Force to receive the Tu-128 type. In 1969 the regiment got a new crew. The first squadron arrived from Omsk airport (14th Independent Air Defence Army - Siberia) and the second squadron from Kotlas-Talagi airport (Moscow Air Defence District). That time the 3rd squadron still used older Yak-25M ‘Flashlight’ interceptor type. Later in 1970, the 3rd squadron replaced their old Yak fighter too to long-range Tupolev Tu-128 type. The 72nd regiment used Tu-128UT, Tu-124 ‘Cookpot’ and small MiG-15UTI ‘Midget’ trainer type.

The regiment's pilots at Amderma airport were very often alerted because of US reconnaissance aircraft.

Soviet air control tower at Amderma airport
Soviet Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport
Soviet Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport

Tupolev Tu-128UT three seater trainer aircraft taxiing on the runway of the Amderma airport

USSR Tu-128 Fidlder at Amderma airport
USSR Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport
The 72nd Guard regiment’s Tu-124 ‘Cookpot’ trainer aircraft on Amderma airport by the northern Kara Sea.

The 72nd Guard regiment’s Tu-124 ‘Cookpot’ trainer aircraft on Amderma airport by the northern Kara Sea.

 

Soviet Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport

Ilyushin Il-18 ‘Coot’ is a large Soviet turboprop airliner take off from Amderma airport to the far Norilsk

USSR Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport

Soviet Air Defence's Tu-128 interceptor take off from Amderma airport behind the 72nd Guard Fighter Air Regiment's Tu-128 'Fiddler' row

 

Soviet Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport USSR Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport
Soviet Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport USSR Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport
Soviet MiG-15UTI Midget at Amderma USSR Tu-128 Fiddler at Amderma airport

The 72nd Guard regiment used the older MiG-15UTI ‘Midget’ trainer version as weather reconnaissance in the seventies.

The 72nd Fighter Air Regiment PVO moved to Amderma in 1956. The Soviet Amderma city has a polar climate with very cool and short summers combined with very long and cold winters. The winters are very cold for a marine location. The regiment changed staff every two or three years because living conditions were difficult in the north.

The transition months of May and October see a milder form of winter, example the town celebrated the Victory Day on 9. May 1978 in a snowstorm!

The cold climate at Amderm in 1978
The cold climate at Amderm in 1978
The cold climate at Amderm in 1978

 

USSR Amderma city harbour

The northern Amderma city had no connection with the southern Soviet countryside with route or train.


The supplies were shipped north by boat. Ice-breaker ships led the cargo ship convoy. The supplies were unloaded on ice in the winter.

USSR Amderma city
USSR Amderma city harbour USSR Amderma city harbour
USSR Amderma city harbour USSR Amderma city harbour

 

An aircraft maintenance center operated at Amderma airport.

This center worked on the repair of the 72nd regiment's Tupolev Tu-128 ‘Fiddler’ and the 641st regiment's Yakovlev Yak-28P ‘Firebar’ interceptor type.

The center did a medium repair on the aircraft.
 

Amderma maintenance center Tu-128 Fiddler
Amderma maintenance center Tu-128 Fiddler
Amderma maintenance center Yak-28PFirebar Amderma maintenance center Yak-28PFirebar
Amderma maintenance center MiG-15UTI Midget Amderma maintenance center Tu-128 Fiddler

Photos: Vladimir Timin collections


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