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.
To start with, there is a little museum about the garrison creation history.
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.
In front of the museum there is a park with busts commemorating country’s heroes laid out.
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.