Chernoye, Russia.....planes in bits

Chernoye, Russia.....planes in bits

Postby planenuts on Sat 13 Jan 2018, 12:10 pm

Hi chaps,

During the Russian Air Force's centenary bash in 2012, we had a tour around this re-work facility on the edge of Moscow.
I know, lots of guys seem to go there during some tours of the area when MAKS is on. Can't remember any posts covering only here though.......hence.

It's not for everyone, but if you're a particular fan of the An-2, Mi-2 or Mi-8, then this is a little piece of heaven. It made for some original photography.
Not going to claim who any of the ex-users of these machines are. Here is a little selection of the dozens of frames, all with different histories and futures......

First up, Mi-2 'gate guard'
ImageIMG_9210 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Next, a preserved Mi-1.....first one for me
ImageIMG_9213 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

And keeping it company, an Mi-4.....Russia's Whirlwind
ImageIMG_9212 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

And so, time for the first An-2 line-up
ImageIMG_9221 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

This one sums up the place.....rather like an aircraft cemetry. Death is just another chapter of life.....
ImageIMG_9232 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Turn of the Mi-2s.......this one reminds me of those animal groups where they all look at the camera out of curiosity
ImageIMG_9237 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

L-29 Delfin, looking a little out of place, but very welcome
ImageIMG_9240 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Looking after the place were a small army of women, who thankfully were friendlier than their dogs :hide:
ImageIMG_9241 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Also worth an inclusion were a few PZL Wilgas
ImageIMG_9243 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Belly down An-2 with special markings
ImageIMG_9259 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Ex-civil Aeoflot An-2s having a staring contest with Mi-2s
ImageIMG_9273 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Ah, good to see something not dismantled.......ex-military An-2s
ImageIMG_9284 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Oh, back to dismantled........enter the Mi-8 (I did)
ImageIMG_9253 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

This An-2 looked ready to fly out again, but I never found out whether it was returning to the Air Force or not. Anyone know....? :dunno:
ImageIMG_9285 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Different An-2, same question........ :dunno:
ImageIMG_9290 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

These ones look more civil (not my bag), but the colours looked nice, so here they are......
ImageIMG_9288 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

And this interesting re-engined one is here only out of novelty......but the old shape is more nostalgic
ImageIMG_9293 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Back to the regular fare......one of many lined-up Mi-8s in varying camoflages. A really hip place to be (sorry)
ImageIMG_9296 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

And at the end, a still complete Mi-4. Can only imagine it's been there a long time (grass)
ImageIMG_9311 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

But not as long as this (ex)Mi-1.....
ImageIMG_9316 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

......or this (ex)Mi-2......flymo anyone ?
ImageIMG_9317 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Another An-2 line-up......just in case some of you were missing them by now
ImageIMG_9325 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Finally, Mi-2 central......probably around 40 of them, mostly ex-civil
ImageIMG_9331 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

Even these don't escape being dismantled here
ImageIMG_9330 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr

And a family photo to end, with daddy Mi-1 hogging the limelight :wave:
ImageIMG_9326 by Rupert Kelley, on Flickr


That's all folks, hope you enjoyed this alternative look at the things we love.

Happy snapping chaps,

Rupe (no kiss)
planenuts

Re: Chernoye, Russia.....planes in bits

Postby D90Man on Sat 13 Jan 2018, 12:42 pm

Nice flavour of the place - went there during last year's MAKS trip - all very similar. There was a Mil-4 in the workshop in bare metal being refurbished - wonder if it was the one in the long grass, as that wasn't around in 2017?

Leon
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