Moscow Khodynka, 11/08/2012

For my vacation I went a few days to Moscow with the Aeroprints aviation tour agency.

09AUG Domodedovo (includes airside)
10AUG Sheremetyevo (includes airside)
10AUG Vnukovo (includes VARZ400)
11AUG Monino
11AUG Chernoye
11AUG Khodynka
12AUG Zhukovsky
13AUG Saint Petersburg - Pulkovo
13AUG general aviation around Saint Petersburg
14AUG general aviation around Saint Petersburg

Once this former airport was intended as an aviation museum. That was before project developers came in and waved a big stash of money. Now the museum is gone and lots of apartment buildings spring up left and right.

But before we went to Khodynka we made a short stop at a park in Novogireyevo, one of Moscow's suburbs. In here there is a plane that at first glance appears to be a Tu-134. Looks can be deceiving though, this is in fact a Tu-124A. It's the prototype that would lead to the (once) ubiquitous Tu-134. Another very rare item of aviation history that has been "preserved" rather differently then commonly seen in the west.





If the Tu-124A is not enough to make you sad, look at the state the Khodynka collection is in. What will happen with the collection is anyone´s guess. But considering the condition of the collection I don´t think many of the planes will be preserved.

The organisor of the trip was not quite keen on us visiting here for reasons that are not really clear to me. Apparanty there was no place to park the bus, but considering the large sports center opposite the park that excuse seemed quite cheap. Regardless, it was decided by majority vote to stay here for a while anyway. Just half an hour though. And we did not have access to the park. We were told it was closed, but while we did not find the entrance (due to lack of time), we did see several visitors inside. So all photos seen here where taken from outside shooting over or through the fence.




I have not got a clue what type this is. If anyone knows, please let me know.









Once this was an Il-14.Now the best way to describe it is "paperweight".



















It´s quite surprising to find this plane here considering the value of titanium, and the amount of it inside this plane (and a second sistership also at Khodynka).




Registration Operator Type C/N
* Russian Air Force Mi-4 *
03 yellow Russian Air Force Mi-2 511835031
04 blue Russian Air Force MiG-29 904
07 red Russian Air Force Su-7 *
08 Russian Air Force IL-14 148001908
08 blue Russian Air Force MiG-25 N84018081
10 red Russian Air Force Su-9 0815348
11 blue Russian Air Force Mig-23 0390209445
16 red Russian Air Force Mig-21 N76212318
16 red Russian Air Force Su-7 2502
20 blue Russian Air Force SU-27 36911012101
21 blue Russian Air Force Mig-23 06759
25 white outline Russian Air Force Mig-23 0615
29 red Russian Air Force Mi-6 7683209V
30 red Russian Air Force Mig-21 *
321 green Russian Air Force Mig-23 0390217055
33 red Russian Air Force Mi-24 3201902
37 red Russian Air Force Mig-23 0390310725
38 red Russian Air Force MiG-25 N84028605
50 red Russian Air Force Su-15 1015310
51 red Russian Air Force MiG-27 61912538152
55 red Russian Air Force MiG-25 N02007033
57 red Russian Air Force Yak-25 1314
60 white Russian Air Force Mi-24 353242..03035
71 red Russian Air Force Su-17 50820
74 blue Russian Air Force L-29 395106
85 red Russian Air Force Su-15 0815344
90 blue Russian Air Force MiG-25 N22040418
95 red Russian Air Force Su-17 26918
98 red Russian Air Force Mig-21 N76212122
99 red Russian Air Force Su-17 17532389606
CCCP-11052 Russian Air Force Mi-8 9732810