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People's Liberation Army
Air Force

Longyou / Long You Airbase
29°07'N 119°11'E

This airfield, located southwest of the towns of Youbu and Lanxi and north of Longyou, is almost certainly a military airbase. Based on CORONA imagery, this airfield consists of a hard-surface, narrow runway which is probably somewhat less than 8,000 feet long. The only apparent hardened storage areas for aircraft are four revetted hardstands near the western end of the runway. Considering that each revetment may hold up to three combat aircraft, this base could support up to 12 of these aircraft. There are no obvious weapons storage areas.

Photographic Evaluation Report

High resolution imagery is available from two sources, including declassified CORONA imagery. As of 08 April 2000 Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery coverage was not available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer. As of 01 May 2000 archival Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery available on the CARTERRA™ Archive includes 9 scenes of this general area, acquired between 20 January 2000 and 11 February 2000. Of these scenes, however, 5 have heavy cloud cover in excess of the standard 20% threshold. None of the imagery, cloud-free or otherwise, includes Longyou Airbase.

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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Friday, May 12, 2000 12:00:01 AM