What today looks like the main air base of Gaddafi


The Libyan Air Force Base, Jofra, is located 9 km northeast of the city of Hun, located in the Sahara desert. Its construction was carried out by Soviet specialists. According to their recollections, an “ideal object” was created that has been operating since 1969.


Soviet engineers and workers, according to the Soviet project, erected a gorgeous air base, which the USSR did not have [...] with specialized workshops built in accordance with all the rules, with the most modern equipment, with a huge number of stands

- explains the technical director of the Kazan branch of Tupolev OJSC Lev Nedzelsky, who participated in its creation.

The length of the runway is 3805 meters. The facility was based on the Tu-22, Aeritalia G. 222 and An-26. Cars were located in open or enclosed sand parks and in shelters. The airbase was hit March 24, 2011 by French aircraft. On June 13, NATO launched a new raid. However, there was no serious damage to the runway and equipment. The supersonic bombers located here intact have been idle for decades.

And they have a scanty raid. For deliveries [to Libya], cars with a flying time of 100-200 hours were chosen, but in Libya they “clocked” 50-60 each

- explains Nedzelsky about the Tu-22.

What they look like today, along with other aircraft and the main airbase of Gaddafi as a whole, give an idea of ​​the photographs below.



Destroyed in 2019 IL-76 Ukrainian company






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  1. aszzz888 19 February 2020 02: 00 New
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    The length of the runway is 198 meters.
    And WHAT can take off / or land / from such a runway ?! request Is that An-2 ...
    1. vik669 19 February 2020 04: 18 New
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      The length of the runway is 3805 meters - learn to read the village!
      1. aszzz888 19 February 2020 07: 21 New
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        vik669 (vik669) Today, 04:18 AM NEW
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        The length of the runway is 3805 meters - learn to read the village!
        Hear you, you clever nedorogorodskogo! Learn to think first! angry Get up earlier and read IN ORIGINAL what is written here on the site. Where did I get this data on yours ?! From the ceiling ?! -

        The length of the runway is 198 meters.
        And the other minusers have the same desire - sometimes to turn on the head, and not the hand with the mouse. And it’s not my fault that they immediately cut the article, and then quietly corrected it.
        1. vik669 19 February 2020 14: 58 New
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          Yes, I even know what the length of the strip at GAZISO is, and not only there without reading the originals, but any aircraft existing in the world will fly from the strip of 3805 meters!
          1. aszzz888 20 February 2020 01: 41 New
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            vik669 (vik669) Yesterday, 14:58 p.m.
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            Yes, I even know what the length of the strip on GAZISO
            Who would doubt that! wassat
    2. svp67 19 February 2020 09: 33 New
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      Quote: aszzz888
      And WHAT can take off / or land / from such a runway ?! Is that An-2 ...
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      Well, I remember our Tu-154 sat down on the worst runway, and more. A photo of the destroyed Ukrainian IL-76 carrying weapons says that this airfield was used. These Or destroyed about six months ago.
      1. aszzz888 19 February 2020 09: 40 New
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        svp67 (Sergey) Today, 09: 33 NEW
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        Quote: aszzz888
        And WHAT can take off / or land / from such a runway ?! Is that An-2 ...
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        Well, we remember the Tu-154 villages and for the worst runway, well, and more.

        hi ! Yes, the issue here is not the quality (although this is important!) But the length of the runway. And another aspect of this point - it’s just that the article initially incorrectly indicated the length of the strip (later fixed), and they began to pour minuses. Therefore, the alienness is so detailed and to dwell on the "current moment".
        1. svp67 19 February 2020 09: 49 New
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          Quote: aszzz888
          and in the length of the runway.
          I understand you, but Tu-22 and MiG-25 were based on this airfield, and both of these types of combat aircraft "love" long stripes of airfields. That is, the strip here should be long.
          1. aszzz888 19 February 2020 09: 53 New
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            svp67 (Sergey) Today, 09:49 AM NEW ... Tu-22 and MiG-25 were based on this airfield, and both of these types of combat aircraft "love" long runways of airfields. That is, the strip here should be long.
            I completely agree with you that the 22nd, and MiGory needed a long strip, but no matter how 198 m., Which was originally indicated in the article.
  2. Victor_B 19 February 2020 02: 01 New
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    Damn yourself cyclopean buildings!
    Something I can’t believe in me, that the Mig-25 and Tu-22 haven’t been burnt, nor broken up until now.
    Yes, they should have been, well, at least to pull them away to western museums.
    Surely under their own power could fly.
    1. bessmertniy 19 February 2020 07: 31 New
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      The base is impressive. But it’s very neglected. It is necessary to end the war and rebuild.
  3. Graz 19 February 2020 02: 25 New
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    hmm, or maybe it makes sense to buy Tu-22 from Libya, what for they are to them, but we could upgrade them for the needs of the Air Force
    1. Victor_B 19 February 2020 02: 51 New
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      Quote: Graz
      maybe it makes sense to buy Tu-22 from Libya

      It seems to me that we need them only for museums. And only because even under the Union everyone was written off and sawn. (Source OBS Agency).
      It seems that the scouts were flying a little more.
      But there is probably not a single whole in Russia a long time ago.
      Even with the Union, they were replaced by Tu-22M3. Not even externally similar to the Tu-22.
      Tu-22M3

      Tu-22
      1. Graz 19 February 2020 04: 13 New
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        litter something confused models
      2. Graz 19 February 2020 04: 24 New
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        although as a dagger wearer it might be useful
      3. Ka-52 19 February 2020 04: 47 New
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        It seems that the scouts were flying a little more.

        Well, where do you make these conclusions every time? Libyan Tu-22 throughout the 80s took part in the war with Chad, and if memory serves there, two cars were lost from the fire of air defense systems. Libyan crews were trained with us, on the basis of the 43rd Pulp and Paper Mill and PLC YES
  4. Uncle lee 19 February 2020 03: 24 New
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    What a beauty Gaddafi created! It is a pity that everything was gone, as he himself ....
    1. Charik 19 February 2020 04: 53 New
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      Soviet engineers and workers on the Soviet project erected a gorgeous air base
  5. Paul Siebert 19 February 2020 04: 38 New
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    I saw this story on "Russia-1".
    He smiled when the pilots of the Ukrainian airline vied with each other complaining to our correspondent how their Ily-76 had "wetted both of them."
    The fact is that this airline served both governments - both in Tripoli and in Benghazi.
    Tricky Ukraine, and here tried to sit on two chairs.
    As a result, it flew in from here and from there. The company lost all the IL-76s. Fly now on piston Anahs.
    Pilots for months have not received a salary, but are not going home - it’s even worse there ... wink
    1. Errr 19 February 2020 06: 40 New
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      Tokmo for the sake of justice. smile
      Ukrainian silt, destroyed in Libya, belonged to more than one airline.
      The sides of the UR-CMC and UR-CRP, which delivered military supplies from the Emirates to the Haftar army and were broken up by PeNeSovtsy on July 26, 2019 at the Al-Jufra airfield, belonged to Europa Air. In total, this campaign had 5 Il-76TDs leased from INFINITE SEAL INC. Now, therefore, there were 3 more of these sides left.
      The UR-COZ, loaded with TB2 + Bayraktars "unknown air defense systems" and destroyed at the Misrata airport by Haftarov rocket attacks on August 5, 2019, belonged to Alfa Air. After that, out of the 3 available IL-76TDs, they only had 2. All of their aircraft, incl. were leased - 2 from the Emirates (from Global Charter Services and Alpha Express Aviation FZE) and 1 from the Scots (from VOLARIS BUSINESS LP). The last, so to say "Scot" was killed.
      None of these airlines had piston aircraft.
    2. Nyrobsky 19 February 2020 07: 23 New
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      Quote: Paul Siebert
      I saw this story on "Russia-1".
      He smiled when the pilots of the Ukrainian airline vied with each other complaining to our correspondent how their Ily-76 had "wetted both of them."
      The fact is that this airline served both governments - both in Tripoli and in Benghazi.
      Tricky Ukraine, and here tried to sit on two chairs.
      As a result, it flew in from here and from there. The company lost all the IL-76s. Fly now on piston Anahs.
      Pilots for months have not received a salary, but they are not going home - it’s even worse there ..
      Welcome hi It was they who, for lack of principles, suffered laughing Dragged weapons for Sarajah, burned Haftarovtsy. They retaliated weapons for Haftar, the Sarajevians burned, and with a difference of a week. Arms business in Ukrainian. Now they have no Ilov and no money either.
  6. rotmistr60 19 February 2020 05: 45 New
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    The fact that ours built a modern air base at that time is understandable. It’s not clear why remember this base today.
    The supersonic bombers located here intact have been idle for decades.
    It is only once again to recall that the French and the coalition have gouged a flourishing country and created chaos in this region. And today, the collective west with the Turkish backing is trying to accuse Russia of supporting the war in Libya.
  7. rocket757 19 February 2020 07: 13 New
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    What today looks like the main air base of Gaddafi

    What does a once prosperous country look like today ??? There is only one answer ... Western dermocracy flew in and broke everything!
  8. protoss 19 February 2020 12: 31 New
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    in our country it’s no worse: both hangars and the remains of airplanes can be driven off with a breeze.
  9. Tavi 19 February 2020 17: 33 New
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    and I was even lucky enough to be there as a child (in 84 or 85, my father drove when I worked in Libya), and even somehow Gadafi saw alive.
  10. ugol2 20 February 2020 00: 31 New
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    In Russia, such bases for a hundred will be typed.
    Thanks to all reformers and democratizers.