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Slatina airbase

Last modified: 29 May 2013, submitted by: Joker
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Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina   

Latitude: 42° 43' 5" N     Longitude: 21° 0' 30" E

Area use / Military Branches: NATO KFOR

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Former Slatina airbase. Mil part of Pristina Intl.Before the Yugoslav military withdrawal, Slatina was home of 83rd Fighter Avn Regt 123d and 124th sqns. equipped with MiG-21 Bis and MiG-21 UM aircraft.

During the NATO ops against Yugoslavia 83rd FAR was based at Slatina but did not perform any sorties and suffered no losses from NATO aircraft during the 1999 bombings. Every single aircraft was intact.

The Slatina airbase was a strategically important object which NATO had planned to use for airlifting of much of their military units in. Control over the airport was established on 12 June 1999. At night the base was seized by a battalion of Russian paratroopers.

video footage then http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=OzFrAB8Grew&NR=1

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