Central Airforce Museum, Monino, Russia

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I have no idea what this is, doesn’t look like it would leave the ground though. Or land for that matter.

Ok just a quick post about the Central Air Force museum in Monino, just out side Moscow.
This was one of the things I was really looking forward to in Russia. During the Cold War different experimental design bureaus were fighting for government contracts to have their planes built. This resulted in all sorts of radical experimental and concept fighters, bombers and reconnaissance Aircraft. Some of which never came into production. The Cold War had both the soviets and the Americans pushing the boundaries of speed, range and stealth. This ingenuity and pioneering technology produced some truly amazing aircraft. The extent of madness that the Cold War created can be witnessed here with aircraft that are designed with one purpose in mind. To deliver a nuclear weapon deep into the opposing continent as stealth and quickly as possible. None of the planes actually had the range to return. It got to a point so crazy that they actually made an acronym M.A.D. Meaning mutually assured destruction. Quite fitting really.

The Sukhoi T-4 a supersonic bomber capable of reaching Mach 3. this is the only one that flew before the project was cancelled.

The Sukhoi T-4 a supersonic bomber capable of reaching Mach 3. this is the only one that flew before the project was cancelled.

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Pretty stunning fuselage constructed primarily of titanium and stainless steel.

We were allowed to do a free tour of the open exhibits luckily as it was a public holiday and the place was closed. We explained to the people who ran it that we had come all the way from Australia to view so they let us in.
They had some massive intercontinental supersonic bombers which I had never heard of before, mainly built during the 60’s when the envelope of supersonic flight was just beginning to be pushed. A gigantic prototype helicopter capable of lifting 40 tonnes, smashing all records. A large assortment of other attack and transport helicopters including the infamous Hind-D.

The Prototype Mil Mi-12 built in 1967 holds 8 records including the heaviest lift of 40 tonnes to 2250m and is also the largest helicopter ever produced.

The Prototype Mil Mi-12 built in 1967 holds 8 records including the heaviest lift of 40 tonnes to 2250m and is also the largest helicopter ever produced.

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The heavily armed and armored Hind-D, used to wreak havoc all over the globe.

And an assortment of many different planes dating back to WWII, many of which are still involved in conflicts to this day. Very impressive, even Jess was enjoying the exhibits. Most are pretty well kept and also have some rough details in English about speed, weight, armament, purpose and any records they broke or conflicts they were involved in.
We were unable to see the inside exhibits as it was closed but we were more than happy with what we saw. Highly recommended to anyone who has even the slightest interest in aviation or military history.

The Tupolev TU-95 long range heavy bomber. A main stay in the Russian airforce planned to remain in service to 2040, almost 90 years after the first flight in 1952

The Tupolev TU-95 long range heavy bomber. A main stay in the Russian airforce planned to remain in service to 2040, almost 90 years after the first flight in 1952

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Anti submarine aircraft

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  1. Anonymous

    Cool

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