Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Near the airport of Riga there is a strange museum – only one person takes care of it – Victor Talpa. It seems he likes this work and may tell many stories about the air exhibits.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Tu-22

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

According to Victor nobody is interested in the museum. But maybe nobody simply knows that it exists?

Hundreds of people 300 m away from the museum wait for their flights, how can it be that no one wants to see the aircrafts?

Someone would tell that all the planes are old and decaying, but does new equipment go to museums?

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Big green Mi-6

The museum had been created for 40 years. Officially it has existed since 1997 without any state help. It’s the only one air force museum in the Baltic States and one of the largest in Europe. The collection of Soviet aircrafts is considered to be the biggest outside the CIS.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Mi-24A

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Freshly painted Ka-26

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

An-2

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Yak-18T

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

At the backyard is a lot of interesting stuff: propellers, jets, helicopter gear boxes…

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Tu-134B that crashed on 6th of January, 1981 while landing in Adler, Sochi.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Tu-104A
Built in Omsk in 1957. The former private aircraft of L. Brezhnev. Burnt in Nākotne (Jelgava region) where it had been moved for a rich kolkhoz, its director wanted to make a museum and later a sauna (!!!) inside of it. Probably it’s the reason why it was burnt in the 1980s.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Tu-22

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Radars were burnt while utilization in order enemies couldn’t steal any secrets.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

MIG-21BIS

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

MIG-21US

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

There is a lot of aerodrome equipment too.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

There are enough uniforms, devices and accessories for a normal museum but now they all are kept inside a huge helicopter.

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse

Without any financial help from aside, all alone, this man makes a real deal. Probably he would be pleased if more people know about him and they are not indifferent to what he does.

Location: Riga

via nektonemo

 

15 thoughts on “Soviet Aircrafts Riga Got After the USSR Collapse”

  1. It’s not that bad. I’ve been there several times. One of the main problems is that the museum is closed very frequently. It hasn’t got decent working hours and is open when the owner wants. But it is a wonderful place to visit, if lucky.

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  2. Every time I’ve flown to Riga I’ve seen these planes and helicopters, and every time I’ve just though it was some sort of scrapyard, and not a museum.

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      • That is a sad comment. You’ve got to remember that these countries are very poor -compared to Western Europe and US standards. No state funding whatsoever, only entrance fees and donations. I’ve seen this museum and it has a fine atmosphere.

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    • Imagine a technics museum that runs without any funding – it’s a miracle that the most of those aircrafts are still in one piece. Not talking about painting or getting back in working conditions…

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  3. Most people don’t like to leave the airport while they’re waiting for a flight. They’re afraid they’ll miss it.

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  4. Onliest in Baltics?

    What about aviation museum in Tartu, Estonia? It has over 20 planes and helicopters and all have been nicely restored and museum has been there for over 10 years already…
    http://www.lennundusmuuseum.ee/index.php?lang=2

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    • Perhaps Latvia can learn something from Tartu museum…I don’t understand how people have so little respect for the past.

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  5. Tu-104A / Built in Omsk in 1957. The former private aircraft of L. Brezhnev. Burnt in Nakotnya (Yelgvsky region)

    Pls change “Nakotnya” to “Nākotne”; and “Yelgvsky region” to “Jelgava region”, this is the correct wording in Latvian

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  6. Both museums, in Riga as well in Tartu, are fabulous. I visited both museum and made some video: http://vimeo.com/14807583 for Riga, http://vimeo.com/14810224 for Tartu.

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    • The way I read it, I think they mean that the museum has been going for 40 years, but since 1997 has not had any government funding.

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