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The Secret Nuclear Test Ground: Then And Now

Posted on February 3, 2014 by team


The military airfield Bagerovo is located in a Crimean village not far from Kerch, Ukraine. It was a secret test ground of the air forces that participated in nuclear testing. In 1998 the military unit was disbanded and the airfield with the whole infrastructure was abandoned.

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It took only half a year to build the airfield (1951-52), the purpose of its construction was testing of cruise missiles, performing air nuclear explosions and extraction of explosion products from the clouds. They also built a good wide runway for heavy missile carriers.

That runway was the second biggest in the USSR. Two jet planes could take off towards each other. They flew through the clouds formed by explosions and extracted air samples and particles of radioactive dust.


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2 Responses to “The Secret Nuclear Test Ground: Then And Now”

  1. Jean says:

    Maybe a place for something new after cleanup, it should be a shame to leave the place empty. And it led to a lot of work, then the protesters in Kiev have something on hand, cleanup with european subsidy (do they know anything)

  2. Jason says:

    I wonder what these poor Soviet pilots did to be given the task of flying a jet through a radio active death cloud. Or what you would have to do or say to be punished with the task of conducting maintenance on one of those jets…

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