With the end of winter the activity of works on construction of Crimean bridge has increased. On the Kerch side every week there is a significant progress and the landscape changing: from the coast stretches a huge mound to the technological bridge, which stops now in the Bay near the Cape Ak-Burun. Dozens of items of heavy vehicles bring and shute into the sea ton of stone blocks. A city for builders is erected, the piles are punched in, the shore is fixed, the concrete structures are put behind.
Construction material for the most part is taken from the Peninsula and it not always has natural origin. For example a month ago it became known that the ruins of the Crimean Nuclear Power Station will be used. This NPP before has just role of attribute post-apocalyptic landscape near picturesque Cape Kazantip. The industrial park will appear on the site of the ruins of a nuclear power station.
Another supplier of concrete blocks, waster and sand is Baherove Air Base definitive destroyed in the Ukrainian period of the Crimean history under the talk of a possible use for civil needs and about the prospects for its development. In may 2012 former airfield was sold by auction at knock-down price to a local private company that immediately began dismantling it for building materials.
This strategic defense facility, capable of taking heavy bombers began to be erected after the war through the nuclear program. Air Base occupied a huge area, only one main takeoff strip had a length of 3,5 km with a width of 80 m and the thickness of the plates more than 40 cm. Many of the latest developments of the domestic air force have been tested and exploited on this site.
In 1973 there was opened the military aviation school and in the late 1980s a capital repair of takeoff and landing strip was done which led the adoption of a orbiting spacecraft “Buran”. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the Air Base become needless for the newly independent Ukrainian state, and in 1996 it ceased to exist. The closure of the military base crippled associated village Baherovo, that began to come into a deep decline.
The last decade the airport creates a feeling of depression: the driveways are broken, the strips are overgrown with grass and trees. The buildings are forgotten and taken to pieces. The underground warehouses are destroyed. Some recovery has taken place in this area once a year when gathered the owners of tuned cars to participate in Amateur races. The village doesn’t have money even for minimal repair of the administration building which seems to be non-residential and meet the passers-by with denude laying, chipped walls and frames breaking up into rot.
A large part of the takeoff and landing strip was dismantled before 2014, and nowdays, due to the construction of the Crimean bridge, the pace of dismantle has reached impressive scale. Reliable foreign equipment turns concrete column in the pile of pieces. Excavators load it in a huge fancy machine for crushing and sorting, and the trucks transport the material to the coast, where the wreckage of the efforts of past generations will form the basis of the bridge that connects the two Russian Bank of the Kerch Strait.
Hopefully that after the final dismantling of the Air Base in its place in the future there will be something useful and not just primitive desert. Maybe some buildings can be restored to open a Baherove Air Base Museum for preserving the historical memory of the grand achievements of the past.
March, 14, 2016