This bay in Safonovo village under a northern Russian city of Murmansk is a place of the first aircraft seadrome that appeared in 1936. Today it’s a location of the Museum of Northern Fleet Aviation.
It was reopened last year after reconstruction, now it has a new hangar for aircrafts which is a good historical exposition.
On the image above is a Be-6 monument in the bay.
At the entrance to Safonovo one can see a monument to a legendary commander of the 2nd guard group B.F. Safonov, who was given a title of the Soviet Hero twice.
At the museum itself is a monument to the fallen in WWII.
The history of the Museum of the Northern Fleet Aviation goes back to 1976. The initiative of its creation belongs to aviators. It was built, repaired and filled with exhibits by pilots, engineers and aircraft technicians.
MiG-15 monument standing at the museum.
People are coming for an excursion too.
The museum has three halls: of military time, memorial one and of the after-war period.
The exposition has photo materials and documents revealing the history of the Northern Fleet aviation, that dates back to 1936.
Personal belongings of aviators-veterans, 53 Soviet Heroes among them, seem to be utterly interesting.
Photographs, documents, personal stuff of Northern Fleet fighters, models of aircrafts from different times…
In present days six pilots of marine aviation are honored to have the title of the Hero of the Russian Federation.
Real remains of bombs and crashed German aircrafts.
This handmade table is a present to Safonov from England.
Model of aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser “Kuznetsov”.
Next to the main building is a house-museum of Yuri Gagarin – this is exactly where Yura, the first cosmonaut, lived with his family while being an ordinary militaryman. The house was brought here in 1983 from Korzunovo village.
Memorial rooms and interiors were recreated from memory of Yuri’s wife.
Moving forward to the aircraft hanger and tanks nearby.
Steam winch of a ship.
Air defence gun 1943.
There are war time and after-war aircrafts in the museum hangar. Many of them were found in the mountains and restored by aviators of the Northern Fleet.
Until 2013, when the reconstruction was started, the hangar required some attention as well… The roof was in a poor condition, some fragments even fell down and damaged one of valuable retro planes.
Local journalists wrote a letter to President and in spring 2010 they finally started to receive funds. The museum used to have only two employees, now it has fifteen.
This observation scout is the first aircraft in the Northern Fleet. It could speed up to 245 km/h, had a crew of three persons. Its body is fully made from wood.
It took off only from water and landed on water as well. All personnel of 38 members had to take efforts to make it fly. They were pushing the craft to the tow line, removed wheels and then could see it taking off.
Bell P-39 Aerocobra.
High-speed bomber SB-2M-103.
In general 6656 units of different modifications were produced.
Torpedo plane Il-28-T.
The marine aviation began to use them since summer 1951. Ordinary bombers were reequipped into torpedo planes.
S. V. Ilyushin and its engineers received Stalin Prize for creation of Il-28 S.
One of the newest exhibits – antisubmarine helicopter Ka-25PL.
The helicopter was designed by the bereau “Kamov” and put into production in 1965, into operation – on the 2nd of December, 1971. It served as a basis for various modifications with different purposes.
The most popular fighter of the war time – Yak-9.
Soviet jet MiG-17 was used by many countries and participated in many armed conflicts, including ones in Vietnam and Middle East.
Shore-based attack helicopters Mi-4M.
Mi-4M were subsequently replaced by Mi-14.
Vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft Yak-38.
Drone target aicraft La-17MM.
Long-range bomber aircraft Il-4.
This one was even shot in a movie.
Po-2 По-2 is waiting for some attention.
People are having a good time here just like us and blogger fotografersha who has taken these photos!