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    Soviet aviation graveyard

    On the outskirts of my Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye, there is an abandoned military airfield jam packed with old Soviet era fighter planes and helicopters. I have myself strolled through the graveyard and no one bothered me at all.

    Thought some of you aviation aficionado's might enjoy a mini-photo-tour. Наслаждайтесь!












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    Those are some incredible pics...what a haunting place.

    Those MiG-25's in particular are extremely impressive.
    I bet you could set up a one-bedroom apartment inside those Tumansky engines
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    much more impressive than the stuff I saw in germany at the sinsheim museum a few years back

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    Good stuff. Cheers for posting.

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    Oh man I am soooo jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minskaya View Post
    On the outskirts of my Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye, there is an abandoned military airfield jam packed with old Soviet era fighter planes and helicopters. I have myself strolled through the graveyard and no one bothered me at all.

    Thought some of you aviation aficionado's might enjoy a mini-photo-tour. Наслаждайтесь!
    I could spend a month here admiring my old nightmares.

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    Oh man I am soooo jealous.

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    Hmmm I wonder how much an AVRO ARROW mockup would cost?

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    I would like you to understand that this abandoned base is on the far fringes of Zaporozhye and is a relic of the Soviet era. Zaporozhye itself is a bustling city situated on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is the sixth largest city in Ukraine (800,000) and the vast majority of the Zaporozhye Oblast residents speak Russian.

    In Soviet times, the base was a training school (named after Soviet pilot Alexander Pokryshkin) for combat pilots assigned to three aviation regiments based in Zaporozhye. In 1990, Russia transferred many aircraft from here to Kazakhstan. In independent Ukraine, all flights from the airbase ceased in 1994 and the base was fully abandoned in 2001. Here are some more pics courtesy of Maxim Bespalov.





















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    Man, the SU really was a powerful entity industry-wise. If the west and the SU at that time could have found a way to co-exist, the world we live in today will be so different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennetc View Post
    Man, the SU really was a powerful entity industry-wise. If the west and the SU at that time could have found a way to co-exist, the world we live in today will be so different.
    Yes, hundreds of millions of people would still be living under brutal totalitarian dictatorships. Lets stick to looking at the cool pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella View Post
    Yes, hundreds of millions of people would still be living under brutal totalitarian dictatorships. Lets stick to looking at the cool pictures.
    I've been giggling my way through O. Stone's a history of America. He's been spending a lot of time lamenting how Wallace was sidelined and how we'd all have been dancing through the daisies with Stalin, Kruschev etc were it not for the evil military/industrial complex. My children are learning a lot of history they really couldn't care less about but are beginning to perceive that two events can be presented in very different ways depending on how loony the perspective is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parihaka View Post
    I've been giggling my way through O. Stone's a history of America. He's been spending a lot of time lamenting how Wallace was sidelined and how we'd all have been dancing through the daisies with Stalin, Kruschev etc were it not for the evil military/industrial complex. My children are learning a lot of history they really couldn't care less about but are beginning to perceive that two events can be presented in very different ways depending on how loony the perspective is.
    Sounds like a giggle. Will have to check it out. Stone is a great film maker & an atrocious historian. Pity.


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    Thank you, Minskaya!

    It's almost too bad the CIS can't find a way to sell those old Su-22 "Fitters" and MiG-25's on the open market, I'm sure there are more than a few eccentric millionaires who wouldn't mind buying one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    Those are some incredible pics...what a haunting place.

    Those MiG-25's in particular are extremely impressive.
    I bet you could set up a one-bedroom apartment inside those Tumansky engines
    Those Tumansky engines were HUGE engines, especially in the '70's; the only engines in the West, power-wise, that we had to compare them to were the J58's in the SR-71. Even the newer F-100/110's don't produce that much power (though they are MUCH more reliable!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch View Post
    Thank you, Minskaya!

    It's almost too bad the CIS can't find a way to sell those old Su-22 "Fitters" and MiG-25's on the open market, I'm sure there are more than a few eccentric millionaires who wouldn't mind buying one.
    Or third world airforces. This graveyard alone could've equipped Burkina Faso.

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    Thanks for posting this. It certainly seems more like a graveyard than the US's "boneyard" at Davis Mothan in Arizona. I wonder how long these aircraft have before they start deteriorating too badly.
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