14 Kachinsky Air Garrison

Kachinsky Air Garrison

Posted on June 19, 2010 by team

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In Ukraine, Crimea, not so far from Sevastopol, in the village of Kacha lots of different air fleet species draw their duty. They are amphibian aircrafts BE-12, military cargo planes AN-26, search-and-rescue helicopters KA-27PS as well as antisubmarine KA-27PL ones. And though many of them are 40 odd years old, they are battle-ready night and day and eager to attain any combat task in the territory of the Black Sea, and, in particular, Crimea.

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To start with, there is a little museum about the garrison creation history.

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It has all begun as far back as in times of Imperial Russia. Turn your attention to the uniform of pilots; everyone has their own kind of outfit as the universal air uniform had not been created yet and first pilots were raised from different military forces departments.

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In front of the museum there is a park with busts commemorating country’s heroes laid out.

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Our tour begins with an amphibian aircraft BE-12 which was built in 1971.

The plane is meant for detection of submarines and performing rescue missions on the water. Before that aircraft carried nuclear explosives for operational-tactical purposes.

The plane is piloted by four crew members: two pilots, a navigator and a radiop. Navigator sits in the prow and thus has the most comfortable seat.


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14 Responses to “Kachinsky Air Garrison”

  1. Boritz says:

    I liked the early pilots with swords. Most useful for aerial combats!

  2. jea says:

    great i love web site

  3. mukmika says:

    Well done. These planes are not built for comfort, so flight crews are really dedicated to their jobs.

  4. kaos says:

    Ezcellent pics….Thanks

  5. Bonkin Boris says:

    Fantastic photos, really interesting.

    Never seen so much equipment crammed into one plane as in that seaplane.

    Having spent my childhood in Europe waiting to be attacked and enslaved by the Red hordes, or fried by a Russian nuke, it is fascinating to see up close the equipment that would have helped to accomplish this.

  6. HawkEye says:

    Excellent post with weird but wonderfully interesting pics! More of the same please…!

  7. Turbo says:


  8. SSSR says:

    That plane looks very simple,a few switches and gauges here and there.

  9. sid says:

    great pictures, great site.

  10. Bill says:

    Glad to see those flying boats are still flying!

  11. aldebaran says:

    Everything in the former Soviet space is outdated and obsolete; lots and lots of ancient equipment from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
    And militarization, my God! I grew up in a former eastern European satellite state, but that much emphasis on the military like in the exCCCP… unbelievable!

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