The collapse of Tito's secret weapon of $ 4 billion
Located deep in the Inland of the Plješevica Mountain near Bihać, once the most advanced Yugoslavian military airport Zeljava was famous for one of the three leading airports of this type in Europe.
With the aim of securing the airspace, Tito invested at the airport Zeljava about 4 billion US dollars to secure possible attacks against Yugoslavia.
According to the expert engineer for the radar system, Air Force lieutenant colonel in the air force service Ivan Prsa says that this military building looked impressive in 1968 when it was officially opened.
Zeljava once was the strongest airport
- It was the strongest military airport infrastructure in the whole of Yugoslavia. Inside, there was an aviation brigade with 60 airplanes and more than 3,000 people, of which there were only about 500 officers, about 900 non-commissioned officers, and about 2,000 soldiers. The air base had the capacity to operate from three Avio brigades in case of need, and was the ideal shield against sudden strikes - Prsa's story adds that it was the strictest guarded military facility in the former state.
On May 17, 1992, the army of Yugoslavia mined the airport with 56 tons of explosives and completely disabled it, and the tooth of time made its interior completely collapse. The USK Prime Minister Hamdi Lipovac announced the possibility in 2011 for the creation of a modern cargo airport.
However, the height and cost-effectiveness of the investment dictate the flow of project realization, so the instructors say that it is such a non-profitable, while for some kind of museum tourism the interior of the airport is not safe.
The tunnel has a very dangerous toxic compound produced in a fire after blasting. Therefore, until they are decontaminated, they are unusable for any activity.
The border zone, in which the airport is located, is a large reservoir of drinking water sources of Klokot, Privilice and Zegar as a water supply system in the city of Bihac, as well as Smiljanovac that supplies Ripač. The former airport was one of the major polluters of the underground waters that dotted from Lika so that it is better for Bihac and Una Sana Canton to never work, says the inspector at the border crossing Izacic Hazim Alagic, in the JNA he had the title of a parachute.