Archive Photos of Soviet Airports

Первый рейс самолета ТУ-104 во Внуково. Аркадий Шайхет, 1956 год, г. Москва, аэропорт Внуково, МАММ/МДФ.

Interesting photographs taken in Soviet airports. People and airplanes, meetings and partings.

On the photo above: the first flight of TU-104 in Vnukovo, 1956, Moscow.
Аэропорт Рязанской области. Неизвестный автор, 1960 - 1970 год, Рязанская обл., Сапожковский р-н, из архива Максима Кострова.
Airport of the Ryazan region. 1960-70.
Никита Хрущев, Герман Титов, Юрий Гагарин, Михаил Суслов и Леонид Брежнев. Виктор Ахломов, 9 августа 1961 года, г. Москва, МАММ/МДФ.
Nikita Khruschev, German Titov, Yuri Gagarin, Mikhail Suslov, Leonid Brezhnev. 9th August 1961, Moscow.
Строительство аэропорта Домодедово. Владимир Лагранж, 1960-е, Московская обл., МАММ/МДФ.
Construction of the Domodedovo airport. 1960s. Moscow region.
«Работница машиностроительного завода города Кирова Мария Кузнецова в ожидании самолета задремала во Внуковском аэропорту». Всеволод Тарасевич, 1956 - 1965 год, Московская обл., МАММ/МДФ.
Worker of an engineering plant of Kirov, Maria Kuznetsova, is waiting for her flight in the Vnukovo airport. 1956-65.
В аэропорту Душанбе. Сигизмунд Кропивницкий, 1963 - 1965 год, Таджикская ССР, г. Душанбе, МАММ/МДФ.
Airport of Dushanbe, Tadjik USSR, 1963-1965
Автобус в аэропорт. Евгений Умнов, 1964 год, г. Москва, МАММ/МДФ.
Bus to take people to an airport of Moscow, 1964.
Сибирь. Аэропорт Сургута. Виктор Ахломов, 1964 год, г. Сургут, МАММ/МДФ.
Siberia, airport of Surgut, 1964
В аэропорту. Всеволод Тарасевич, 1965 год, Архангельская обл., Ненецкий НО, г. Нарьян-Мар, МАММ/МДФ.
In the airport, 1965, Nenets autonomous district, Naryan-Mar.
Авиаконструкторы Андрей Туполев и Сергей Ильюшин в аэропорту «Внуково». Юрий Абрамочкин, 1966 год, г. Москва, из архива Юрия Абрамочкина.
Soviet aircraft designers Andrey Tupolev and Sergey Ilyushin in the arport Vnukovo. 1966, Moscow.
Самолет на аэродроме «Шереметьево». Неизвестный автор, 1965 - 1975 год, Московская обл., МАММ/МДФ.
Aircraft in the airdrome “Sheremetyevo”. 1965-1975.
Бабушка и дедушка у аэропорта в Ульяновске. Неизвестный автор, 1 апреля 1967 - 28 сентября 1970 года, г. Ульяновск, Авиационная ул., д. 20, из архива семьи Алешиных.
Ulyanovsk, 1967-1970
Аэропорт Челябинска. Неизвестный автор, 1970-е, г. Челябинск, МАММ/МДФ.
Airport of Chelyabinsk, 1970s
Пассажиры у зала ожидания Красноярского аэропорта. Владимир Соколаев, 9 июня 1980 года, г. Красноярск, МАММ/МДФ.
Passengers at the waiting room of the Krasnoyarsk airport. June 1980.
Сверхзвуковой самолет Ту-144 на аэродроме. Неизвестный автор, 20 сентября 1972 года, Узбекская ССР, г. Ташкент, МАММ/МДФ.

Supersonic aircraft Tu-144 at the airdrome. September 1972. Uzbek SSR, Tashkent.

Встреча в аэропорту итальянской актрисы Джины Лоллобриджиды. Евгений Халдей, 1973 год, г. Москва, МАММ/МДФ.
Meeting the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida in Moscow, 1973.
Аэропорт. Всеволод Тарасевич, 1958 год, Украинская ССР, г. Харьков, МАММ/МДФ.
Airport of Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR, 1958.
Жан-Поль Бельмондо в аэропорту Шереметьево. Юрий Инякин, 26 апреля 1989 года, Московская обл., ОАО «Газета Известия».
Jean-Paul Belmondo at the Sheremetyevo airport. 26th April 1989, Moscow region.

6 thoughts on “Archive Photos of Soviet Airports”

  1. Supersonic aircraft Tu-144 – A failure and embarrassment for the Soviet Union. Poorly designed, dangerous, not fit for civilian passenger use (high cabin noise – 92 db), and two crashes killing crews and civilians.

    • I completely disagree on your assessment of the Tu-144 as being an “embarrassment”, “poorly designed” and “dangerous”. Both the Tu-144 and Concorde were technological marvels of their time. Neither was destined to become a big commercial success. The Tu-144 wasn’t quite as refined as a passenger aircraft as the Concorde, but it achieved all its performance goals and flew before Concorde, went supersonic before Concorde and flew Mach 2 before Concorde. It had teething problems, which Concorde also had. For example, Concorde had several structural failures at supersonic flight that, thankfully, did not lead to any loss of life; tire blowouts were a common occurrence, which went unresolved until it lead to the disaster of Air France Flight 4590. So the Tu-144 was not by any means alone in its teething problems.

      However, the Tu-144 never had an accident on a commercial flight: The Paris accident was during a demonstration flight and sadly killed the 6 crew members and 8 people on the ground. The aircraft was flown outside its design envelope when the structural failure occurred, so that accident doesn’t reflect on the aircraft’s safety at all. The other accident was an emergency landing following a test flight, which killed 2 of the 8 people on board. On the other hand, Concorde did have an accident on a commercial flight, which sadly resulted in the deaths of all 100 passengers, 9 crew members and 4 people on the ground. Between the two, you could argue the Tu-144 had a better overall safety record, or perhaps the Russians were a bit smarter and realized that the technology of the time was not quite ready for regular scheduled supersonic commercial flights – leading to its withdrawal from service before it had any accidents on a commercial flight.

      Nevertheless, the shortcomings of both the Tu-144 and Concorde do not in any way constitute an “embarrassment” for either aircraft’s developers. The people involved in both should be extremely proud of having developed one of only two commercial supersonic airliners that have flown to date, and they did that in the 1960’s.

      At least, that is just my opinion, as a non-Russian aeronautical engineer who have always marveled at the achievements of aeronautical engineers that came before me on both sides of the iron curtain, especially during those post-war years when aircraft technology seemed to progress at such an incredible rate.

  2. I remember Gherman Titov. When he got up into space he said that he didn’t see any angels. He was a good commie.

  3. The TU-44 crash at the Paris airshow was possibly pilot error. Concord had flown earlier that day to much aclaim, flying down the run way and then climbing at high speed, the TU-44 repeated this later in the day, high speed pass followed by a much steeper climb, trying to out do Concord proving the TU-44 was a better aircraft. Unfortunately the climb was too steep and pushed the airctaft past the stress levels it’s airframe was designed to. The stress of the manouver caused the airctaft to initially stall and then ripped off the right wing causing it to crash killing the crew, the only 2 passengers (both USSR officials) and I believe 8 people on the ground.

  4. For a long time, the “news” are just an opinions on the events.
    Those are not based on any facts, just an attention grab.
    One has to read all / over the place, to get a proper view.
    It is so easy to say – russian?…neeey…


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