Friday 24 August 2007
The entrance hall of the 237th Proskurovsky Guards Regiment.
Wall mounted bust of top scoring WWII allied ace - Ivan Kozhedub.
In the hangar we were presented with this Russian Knights Su-27 to photograph - note the steps in the background...
....up the steps to take this photo.
Assortment of missiles laid out.
MiG-17 'Gate Guard'.
This An-26 was waiting for us outside....
....and then this An-12 was towed into place.
An-12 parked up.
The An-12 was then followed by this Il-20...
....which was backed into place. Note the yellow zap - from RIAT 200 when it was held at RAF Cottesmore.
I don't remember seeing this Il-20 there ...........
.....but this An-30 'Open Skies' machine certainly was - maybe they changed the zap???
Whilst we waited in the hot sunshine, this Lipetsk-based Su-27 came in - presumably after his display at MAKS.
Dropping his drag chutes at the intersection.
He then raised his airbrake - in salute??........
....before taxiing down to ramp - note the 'open' and 'closed' exhaust nozzles.
This is what we had been waiting for - takeoff of the Strizhi for their 15 minute flight to MAKS.
Single seat MiG-29.
Some of these youngsters just can't stand the pace......
'Arty' reflective photo.
An-12 on a wet ramp.
My favourite - the huge An-22.
Another shot of the An-22 'Anteus'
Front end of the An-12 hold - with the obligatory bicycle.
Looking down the back end of the An-12.
The Il-76 makes an ideal rain shelter......
As we drove out of Tver for the long journey back to Moscow, I spotted this guy being stopped by the police -
he was towing a Mi-2 helicopter along the main road!!!!