Skies over Perm, Russia

12 Pilot Says “Love You”

Pilot Says “Love You”

One Russian pilot has said "Love You" to his girlfriend in a manner
that the whole Perm city has learned about that too.
Helicopter tows plane
33 Plane vs Helicopter

Plane vs Helicopter

Children often ask something like "Mommy, who would win - helicopter or plane?". Those guys from Moscow could give the answer
easily to such a question showing how powerful helicopters are - they easily can move whole planes from place to place.
Russian Ekranoplanes at rest
26 “Ekranoplanes” on the Rest

“Ekranoplanes” on the Rest

We wrote about Russian "Ekranoplanes" here. Here is one of them caught on the rest, maybe that's his last stop so
on eternal rest. There is also a submarine on the last photo. Is it watching so nobody disturbed them?
Russian mig jets factory
97 The Mig Factory

The Mig Factory

Russian MIGs are the most famous Russian jets. They were in production since 1959. They become true legend of Russian aviation and were exported to many countries. Sometimes they were used to fight against American or French jet fighters like in Vietnam
or in Israel. Mig factory was always top secret place during the Soviet Times. Such photos like we are having here today were impossible to make or publish at that times. But not now. So this is how Russian legend is being born.
24 Dope at 30,000ft

Dope at 30,000ft

If next time during the flight by Russian airline you'll notice that the flight attendants or pilots are looking strange you'll know
the reason why. They as a rule are not being searched before the flight so can take with themselves anything they like.
Russian Ellipse Wing Plane
46 Ellipse Wings

Ellipse Wings

In Belarus they use planes with ellipse wings. They say it has a few benefits comparing to the simple one or double winged planes, like the wing can be less in size, it's more firm because
the ellipse form is self sustaining, also there are now air vortexes by the sides of the wings which gives up to 30% increase in power compared to the traditional planes.
27 Towing a Plane

Towing a Plane

In Russia, sometimes, trucks towing large passenger planes
can be met on the regular highway, like on this video.
Soviet Means of Transportation
29 Soviet Means of Transportation

Soviet Means of Transportation

Soviet means of transportation.
Just self-descriptive.
Russian flying fortress 1
193 Russian Flying Fortresses

Russian Flying Fortresses

  In 1930s Russian army was ... by the idea of creating huge planes. At that times they were proposed to have as much propellers as possible to help carrying those huge flying fortresses
into the air, jet propulsion has not been implemented at those times yet. These exclusive photos and videos of actual flying fortresses as well as the story behind it.
Water Landing in Russia 1

40 St. Petersburg Water Landing

St. Petersburg Water Landing

Most of us have seen those emergency instructions in case of water landing. Like, take the vest from under the seats, go to the emergency exit, first leave the plane then pull the ring and inflate the fest and etc., but not everyone knows that according to the official statistics material the survival rate in the plane which goes ditching is dreadfully low. In fact, they say, it is so low, that the crew doesn't get any training for this case. Still, sometimes, it works. In 1963, such water landing happened in Russia. It was even more remarkable by the fact that the big passenger jet plane has landed right in the center of St. Petersburg city with hundreds witnessed this event. The story behind this landing was as follows. The TU-124 plane was a new model in Russian passenger air fleet back in 60s. It has undergone checks and tests, and was already approved for the use in the passenger aviation. This particular flight was just a regular flight across the Soviet Union, with a destination point of Tallinn, now the capital of Estonia. When the plane approached Tallinn and was going to land the problem arose: one of the landing gears couldn't be released. The crew tried all their best to release this stuck thing, but nothing happened. They went as far as chopped through the body of the plane with an axe to try to release the gear by hand, but even this didn't help. Then they got the order to land on the plane's body, and to do that they headed to Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. There was an unpaved landing stripe near that city, they needed one to reduce the damage and the tension during such risky landing. But before the landing could occur, they needed to burn out all
the fuel left on board in order to minimize the fuel blast possibility. So they flew above the city in circles, waiting for it to be fully used. And then another defect of the newly approved plane arouse - the fuel meters were wrong, they showed that there is still some fuel left but it hasn't - the engines shut down one by one and now they had no chance even to approach to that unpaved stripe. So the only thing they left to do in order not to crash a plane full of passengers on the densely populated city center was a water landing. The crew captain did all his best to maneuver heavy jet with not working engines and finally he did it - landed right on the Neva city, the river of St. Petersburg. It was a big luck - none got serious injuries after such a rough act, but then, the plane started to sink - remember that hole in the floor which they chopped trying to reach the stuck gear - the water was coming though at a pretty descent rate. And yet again they were lucky - there was a cargo boat going by the river which helped the sinking plane and towed it to the shore where already emergency services were. It's interesting no facts of this crash were ever published before the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Such a secrecy had an explanation - these jets were a huge export for Russia and the party did not want anyone to know about the accidents with them. Most of the film rolls were immediately confiscated from the witnessing public. Some of those who've seen these told later that they thought it was just some new movie shooting.

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