Wilcze Laski airport.
Wilcze Laski airport was a military airport with a typical infrastructure from the 1950s. Other common names are Borki or Okonek. The airport is located approximately 14 km south of the city of Szczecinek, near the village of Wilcze Laski. It belongs to a military complex currently known as Borne Sulinowo and lies on its eastern edge, among forests and wastelands. Wilcze Laski airport belongs to the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. Geographical coordinates; 53 ° 35′39 "N 16 ° 42′56" E.
Access to the airport.
The road from Szczecinek is about 18 km long, along the National Road No. 11, in the direction of Piła we will get to the village of Lotyn. In this town, turn right, west to Borki, behind which there is a forest. Driving along a forest road (concrete and asphalt), after about 1,500 m we go to the airport. You can also get to the airport from the village of Wilcze Laski, which is located north of the airport, about 1,500 m away.
Railway near the Wilcze Laski airport.
The railway line No. 405 Piła Główna - Ustka runs near the airport Wilcze Laski. The line provides transport from the center of Poland to the central Baltic coast. In the section Piła - Szczecinek, the route is single-track and electrified. There are the following stations between Piła and Szczecinek: Stara Łubianka, Płytnica, Ptusza, Jastrowie, Podgaje Koszalińskie, Okonek, Brokęcino, Lotń, Turowo Pomorskie. The line was launched in 1878 during the time of the German Empire. Electrification took place in 1989. The length of the Piła Główna - Szczecinek route is 71 km. There was no railway siding to the Wilcze Laski airport. Military trains stopped at the Lotyn railway station. The airport is about 3,000 meters from the Lotyn station.
Wilcze Laski airport.
The airport was built in the 1950s. For many years it was a backup airport for the 6th PLM-B from Piła and the 9th PLM from Dębrzno. On average, planes of the above-mentioned Regiments arrived 2-4 times a year. These were mainly Lim-2, Lim-5, Lim-6 bis, MiG-21 and Su-22 planes. The airport had a typical infrastructure for alternate airports. Permanent buildings were only the command and flight control station facilities where the airport staff and permanent personnel were stationed. It is a two-story building without a basement. The airport had a centering zone for planes located in the forest, with concrete stands. There was room for about 16-18 planes, which is half of a typical combat regiment. A temporary bombing was also organized in the forest. The airport did not have a permanent MPS depot. Propellants were delivered from car distributors during the exercises. Also, flight insurance in the form of radio communication, radar system and night lighting was developed for the duration of the exercises. During the exercises (training grounds), the officers were quartered in private houses in nearby towns. On the other hand, the soldiers of the regular service camped in tents located in the forest. The field kitchens provided food. The exercises were usually organized in the spring-summer period. Winter exercises were rarely carried out due to the lack of sufficient equipment and people to keep the RWY in full readiness for use in winter. There were concerns about the trapping of planes after sudden heavy snowfall. Attack planes conducted aerial exercises mainly at the nearby Nadarzyce training ground.
The Wilcze Laski airport has a RWY with dimensions of 2,300 m x 30 m, in the direction of 10/28, with a concrete surface. RWY coordinates 53 ° 35′43 ″ N 16 ° 43′01 ″ E. The airport also has a parallel taxiway, 10 m wide, on the south side.
Currently, Wilcze Laski is a private airport (?), But it is practically not used by air. Only from time to time power hang gliders or modellers come to it and make amateur flights. The adjacent areas are now used for agricultural purposes. In summer, modeling rallies, rallies for users of old vehicles and other motor events are held at the Szczecin airport.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman