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Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:29
by moresby
MAKS 2019 (Saturday Aug 31)

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After almost 2 hours of traffic-jammed roads to get about 60km from Moscow, we entered the military base complex of Ramenskoye. The older members likely remember this is where the first satellite pics were taken of the then mysterious new Soviet types that would (after several years) be revealed as MiG-29 and Su-27): these were provisionally called something like 'Ramenskoye 1 and Ramenskoye 2...

Nothing mysterious now; we went between large hangars from where the tails of several Antonovs came out, and saw several Sukhois in a faraway line. Then we approached the Airshow and Exhibition entrance where we mingled with thousands of Russian families enjoying a late summer sunny day between rows of combat aircrafts, bombers, helicopters and transports...
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Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:36
by moresby
The static display featured all the types in service with the Russian Air Force plus a navalized Mig-29 and many civilian types.
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There were also a few WWII veterans
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Helicopters were present both from the line units
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and as presentation machines for export (these lasts were in several types of pixel camouflage)
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Only VIPs and children were allowed beyond the fences: many very young aviation enthusiasts got to sit in Su-30MS or MiG-35 cockpits while we stayed out fighting for elbow space...

Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:42
by moresby
The main attraction was of course one of the two SU-57s present at the show (you'll see the other below). To be able to get this picture I had to get back there when the air show was still going on and most people were along the runway...
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Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:45
by moresby
And here's the air show
Mig-15
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The other Su-57
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Su-35
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Su-30MS
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Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:48
by moresby
Su-30MS acrobatic patrol!
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MIG-29U Acrobatic patrol
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Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:54
by moresby
There were also several civilian types (a couple of Airbus liners were the only non-Russians planes in the airshow) and light acrobatic planes. No combat helicopters, though.

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Unftorunately part of the manoeuvres were very hard to follow because we had sun in our eyes.

These are just a small part of the photos I took. Hope you enjoy them.
Tomorrow,I'll post a few pictures of the Kubinka Tank Museums and more...

Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:34
by BigReg
Great stuff, Thanks
David

Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 16:56
by moresby
The following tuesday, after two days touring the Russian capital, we went about 60km east of the city to Kubinka. This was a historically "classified" Red Army armor testing facility.
The museum consists in 6 large hangars filled to the brink of tanks and AFVs, mostly Soviet and Russian (including a lots of prototypes) but with many rare types from all over the world.
They are theme-featured: heavy tanks, light tanks, foreign types... There is a fine line of Hungarian WWII tanks and AVFs (see here), and a few very unique specimens such as WWII German Maus, Morser Karl.
this is the Soviet MBT hall
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Recently, besides the old museum, in a much wider area the new Patriot Park has been created. It includes large parkings, facilities for live exhibitions, attractions, picnic areas (one is set-up in a reconstruction of a Soviet partisan camp, many more museum and temporary exhibition halls and an outdoor perk filled with tanks, missiles, helicopter and planes.
The tanks and vehicles in the Patriot park halls are much better displayed and presented. There is space to go around each vehicle, and many more non Soviet types, including (again) rare or unique types like a Ferdinand, a SturMorser TiƬger and a Jagdtiger. There is a hall dedicated to the Soviet invasion of Japanese Manchuria containing many IJA tanks besides T-34s and BT tanks. This is one of the spaces dedicated to the Patriotic War (Russian front WWII)
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We had only a couple of hours left when we discovered this tank bonanza and I've gone beyond a couple of halls dedicated to space and misssed another about WWI and Civil War vehcles and armored cars trying to see everything else and not forgetting to go outside, because we had already seen something of the outdoor park looking between the halls.
So, before leaving, I've been able to spend a good forty minutes here ...
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In Patriot Park you are allowed to touch and in many cases actually climb on tanks, vehicles and aircrafts; of course I couldn't resist... :D
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Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 17:16
by moresby
So, If you visit Moscow and have a spare day left, consider visiting Kubinka and Patriot Park, especially if you expect a fine weather day.
https://tanksdriving.com/patriot-park/? ... KAQAvD_BwE
Keep in mind that, as in most Russian museums, you'll find explicative panels in Russian only (and in cyrilic too!). Precious few museums (like St.Petersburg's magnificent Hermitage) features panels in English.

And about St. Petersburg...

Where else can you find a pre-WWI dreadnough?
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And don't forget the Artillery museum, especially if you haven't been to Kubinka: mostly guns, but also a few tanks, many SP artillery, Katyushas (both WW2 and Soviet cold war mobile rocket launchers), and a huge array of SAM launchers. Good for a couple of hours' visit after having been to the nearby St.Peter and Pauls fortress island (you can see iy behind the SAM-2).
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Re: Photo report from Russia

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 18:25
by ajmm
Amazing! Looks like an great trip.