15 August 2004
Flying Legends dislay
The Flying Legends show was held at Monino - with public access through
the Gagarin ramp, so we took the opportunity to photograph the aircraft
normally 'hidden' .... The organisers had parked trucks in front of
these planes - but did not try to stop us photographing them.
Su-27 Bort 'Red 21' with its covers on.
Bort 'Blue 28' is from Savasleyka AB - notice the 'George-and-Dragon'
on the fin.
A closer look at bort 28.
A bagged Su-24 on the Gagarin ramp at Monino.
And from the other side.
MiG-29 SMT at the end of the ramp.
Port side view of the MiG-29SMT.
A Su-22 in a bag.
Tu-22M3 nosejob - note the varying weather in these photos.....
Hind in a bag......
Su-25 - I think all these machines are used for trials purposes ?
Tu-95MS - note that the 'bags' even cover the propellers!
Front end of a Bear.
Meanwhile, back at the Flying Legends show proper - the ground display
consisted of a number of bunkers to represent a Soviet wartime
The exhibits from the museum had been placed as though on a
Soviet wartime airfield. This is the museum's Tu-2.
Another shot of the Tu-2.
Take a photo of the museum's Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber......
Photo manipulate it to get rid of the tape and save it as grayscale -
and you have a wartime photo !!
Another view of the Pe-2.
And yet more.... you can see that the weather had brightened up a bit.
Another go at playing with the photos.............
Get rid of the red-and-white tape, the human beings......
And save it as grayscale - bingo - a Pe-2 at dispersal on a wartime
The Monino museum's Il-2 'Shturmovik'.
Looking very nice in this setting....
Modern day trappings removed......
Ready for a sortie into the Kursk salient......
Back to reality.
The museum's I-15bis replica.
One of the least realistic of Monino's replicas - the MiG-3.
Lend-lease P-63 Kingcobra.
Lavochkin La-7 in the markings of Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub.
Close-up of the 62 kill markings and the three 'Hero of the Soviet
Union' medals. The 'laurel wreath' is recently applied - I'm not sure
what it represents ?
A view from the earth banking behind the La-7.
Scale replica Ju-87 Stuka visiting from the Ukraine.
Yak-11 visitor from the Czech Republic.
Austrian B-25 sponsored by Red Bull.
Not quite WWII!! T-28 Trojan from Austria.
The L-39's of 'Team Rus' arrive for their aerobatic display.
The weather started to worsen.....
Team Rus singleton.
Another pass - this time inverted.
Back on the ground - this Yak-9U was on display at the museum - but not
as part of the Flying Legends display.
Port side of the Yak-9U.
This Tupolev SB was also not part of the main display for some reason.
In the Monino museum proper, I found this new exhibit - the
Yak-141 that was formerly at Khodynka and the Yakovlev OKB.
Also new was a second Yak-38 - this time a later variant
Note the strakes beside the lift engine doors and the folded
Lisunov Li-2 at the main museum display.
Ilyushin DB-3 bomber.
Mighty Mil Mi-26 'Halo'.
And its predecessor - the Mi-6.
Freshly painted An-12 at Monino.
The mother of all helicopters - the Mil V-12 uses TWO Mi-6 rotors and
This is the main entrance to the Flying Legends show on the Gagarin
ramp. The weather is just about to dump on us!!!
This Berezniak-Isayev BI-1 rocket fighter is in the main hangar at
Monino - the paint scheme is a bit suspect!
Whilst sheltering from the rain, I took some more pics inside the
This is what the ground was like after the downpours.
Out of the gloom appeared the 'Strijhi' (Swifts) aerobatic team with 5
MiG-29's, popping flares.
Three single-seaters and two tandem-seaters.
The new colours scheme on the Swifts is most impressive.
Just look at the water in the air as it streams off the wingtips!
The weather cleared just a little bit....
But only for a few minutes.....
The skies get darker, making photography very difficult.
Head-on break towards the crowd!!!
Then haul it round over their heads.
And compress that moisture!
By the time the Su-27's of the Russki Vityazi (Russian Knights)
arrived, the weather was closing in again...
But they put on their usual impressive display.
It got so dark - they had to use their headlights !!
And their flares !!1
The dark skies makes for some good photos - if you can catch them right!
Rolling towards the crowd - AND popping flares - now you see why I like
A little more sedate this time - just an inverted flypast.
followed by his escort.
Thank goodness for a 400mm zoom lens!
Definitely a day for wellies!