Monuments of Russian Aviation

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In our recent publications we told about graveyards of abandoned Soviet military aircraft.

But it is necessary to notice, that not all of the old vehicles have shared such fate. Some of them are still used as monuments of Russian aircraft, and one can discover them in different parts of Russia.

Also see:

Abandoned Russian Military Aircrafts

Some other Abandoned Military Planes

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27 thoughts on “Monuments of Russian Aviation”

  1. Weather destroys displayed aircraft before vandals do any serious damage. This is true all over the world. Smashed windows and stolen instruments can be replaced. The damage caused by metal corrosion isn’t so easy to fix.

    Russians are good at many things, but aircraft preservation is not one of them. The Russian aircraft museums I’ve seen are glorified junkyards filled with rusty shells that are coated with many layers of paint.

    Airplanes are very delicate. Letting them rot outside is just as bad as burning them in a fire. It just takes longer.

    • The aircraft shown in these particular pictures look more well taken care of than the aircraft you find around military base gates and such, in the u.s..

      • Yes, they do look good. But painting the outside of an aircraft does very little to preserve the structure or the interior. Just because something looks good from 30 meters away does not mean it is OK inside.

    • I think it matters which one. The Mi-4 and a couple others look positively deteriorated, whereas the Mi-2 looks fantastic. Myself i’ve seen both nicely and poorly preserved ones. If you look at old Soviet photos, they all look awesome. Its just by now they are VERY old and the new Nazi Regime of Putin doesn’t take care of them like the Reds used to.

  2. This is a very interesting page, many fantastic pics. Thanks for posting.

    I have a feature on my site which I call the Locator. See…

    It allows the user to search for aviation museums and other sites like planes and helicopters on poles (as with the pictures posted here), and then provides map links so the user can physically find the plane. If anyone can help provide locations for the aircraft in these pictures I would very much appreciate it. I have not had a chance to research aircraft location in Europe, especially Russia. Credit would certainly be provided to the contributors in the credits section.

    I can be contacted by my Hotmail address, or via my website contact page (preferred)…



  3. pic one, intercom recording

    winchman: your tail is clear, height is good. 20metres, still clear, 15 metres, forward one and left, 10 metres


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  5. Thanx for the valuable information. This was just the thing I was looking for, I really like how it includes the actual curved shape flight paths. keep posting. Will be visiting back soon.


    Obrigado pela informação valiosa. Esta foi apenas a coisa que eu estava procurando, eu realmente gosto de como ele inclui rotas de voo a forma real curvas. manter a postagem. Estará visitando novamente em breve.

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