6 Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village

Posted on October 22, 2015 by tim


Not all abandoned places are created equal. Some simply you can’t resist by looking at or willing to go and explore yourself. This abandoned Russian aviator’s village on Chukotka, called Apapelgino. It was a large village – with over 2,000 people living in it founded in 1939. During the Soviet epoch it was very well maintained and needed. Then after USSR collapse it gradually ceased to exist and was totally abandoned in 2004. Thanks to cool Russian blogger Zzhitel we can now see how it looks now. And you won’t be disappointed!

This is how it looks from the airport tower. You even can’t tell that this is an abandoned town. Most of people who lived here were aviators. They worked for a Pevek airport on Chukotka. As no USSR was left there were no longer need for their work.

The old signs still have the aviator symbols on them. Even this one which says “INFORMATION”.

“Aeroflot” was the biggest and probably the only Soviet airline at that time. The huge monopoly which built its own towns like this one.

In the middle of the village you can see abandoned plane bodies.

Fun fact. this IL-14 plane had square, not the usual round windows.

Probably it was a good place for local kids to play.

More pieces of old equipment with AEROFLOT logos.

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6 Responses to “Apapelgino: An Abandoned Aviation Village”

  1. john says:

    Always interesting postings.

  2. TysonZA says:

    Makes one wander what the source of all those holes in the plane was.

  3. Vijay says:

    Nice set of pictures. This place has no more use, so it was abandoned for all the right reasons. Nothing of value was left behind, just some old books, paper and other general simple stuffs. That Arnold poster is only like a decade ago or so. This place is not historic yet, fairly recently abandoned.

  4. Merweg says:

    Page 16 shows an empty box of cape apples. I recognize the logo on the box. Long way from South Africa. Hope they enjoyed it.

  5. Gerda Tompson says:

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It’s always useful to read through content from other authors and use a little something from their sites.

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