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Lots of Soviet aircrafts

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by stratokaster, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Right before moving to the US, I had a chance to visit Ukrainian State Aviation Museum, which has the largest collection of Soviet aircrafts in the world. Unfortunately, my only serious camera was being serviced at the moment and I only had my cellphone (Sony Xperia T) to take photos. However, I think some of the shots are interesting enough to show them here.

    (As a side note, I discovered that while Sony's internal processing is somewhat crappy, the photos from it can be made significantly better by editing them in Lightroom.)

    Anatra Anasal, a small reconnaissance plane, produced in Odessa in 1916-1918:

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    Yak-1, the most popular Soviet fighter during WWII:

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    Yak-18PM. It was an "acrobatic airplane," designed to train Soviet flying aces:

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    L29A 'Dolphin' and L39C 'Albatross' — small jet trainers.

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    Experimental plane "No.181" (it wasn't even assigned a proper model name):

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    An-2, a small multipurpose plane:

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    An-26, a small cargo airplane:

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    An-71. This is a unique AWACS aircraft developed towards the end of the Soviet Union. There were only 2 built.

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    Il-14P. A popular Soviet passenger aircraft, this one was used by Soviet Polar Air Forces. Note the cute penguin on its tail :)

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    Il-18. One of the most reliable Soviet long-range liners. The plane was produced in 1958-1978, but it is still in service in some countries.

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    Probably the most iconic Soviet turbojets, Tu-134A and Tu-154.

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    Yak-40, a small regional jet, somewhat similar to Bombardier CRJ-series.

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    Various MiG interceptors/fighters. All were produced in my home city of Nizhny Novgorod.

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    And this is an unmanned version of MiG-21:

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    Su-15TM, another fighter/interceptor:

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    And now some helicopters. Mi-24B and Mi-24V in a pretty bad shape...

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    Those are actually bullet holes:

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    Mi-1M, Mi-2 and Mi-4A general-purpose helicopters:

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    Mi-6A, a heavy cargo helicopter.

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    That's all! I hope you enjoyed this series.
     

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  2. tdp

    tdp Guest

    The AN2 is one of my favorite planes, thanks a lot for posting these!
     
  3. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    Thanks for posting those.
    I hadn't realised that the museum was as large as that ; just looking on Wikipedia
     
  4. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

    886
    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Actually, it's about one half of what they have; I couldn't shoot more because my cellphone's battery was dying.

    Some of the planes are in a bad shape... But they are being slowly restored.

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  5. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Great job at capturing some truly historic aircraft! :smile:
     
  6. Sweeeet. Planes many of us here in the US never see.
     
  7. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

    886
    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    I think I have to visit College Park Aviation Museum here in the US, it's literally 30 min walk from my apartment.
     
  8. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2012
    Great stuff. Love the bullet holes on the forward canopy of the Hind. Reinforces the fact that it is a Flying Tank!
     
  9. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    Your post is like one of the picture books of aircraft -- which I love. Thanks for all that!
     
  10. lcsolla

    lcsolla SC Regular

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    Sep 5, 2011
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Luis Castro e Solla
    Congratulations for your pictures. The quality of the phone pictures has amazed me. I have never dreamed of using a phone for taking pictures, just for quick scans of documents (e.g., receipts and the like). I had never understood the emphasis phone sites put on the camera side. I may have underestimated their potential. I can now understand why phones are replacing lower-quality compacts.
     
  11. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Cool captures, thanks for sharing.

    I always thought the MIG-15 looked super cool... like a hot rod 50's car.
     
  12. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Thanks. High-end phones have had nice cameras since mid-2000s. By 2011, they were already better than early digital compact cameras. For example, you may check this full-size photo I took with my former Samsung Galaxy S II in 2011: All sizes | Grand Resort Lagonissi, Greece | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    The phone I took those shots with (Sony Xperia T) has a rather poor camera; my new phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) has a much better one, even hough on paper their specs are identical.
     
  13. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Thanks. I believe this is actually MiG-17.
     
  14. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I bet you are right. Okay, just a slightly bigger hot rod with a similar look! :smile:
     
  15. They can now actually take pretty good standard shots. It is when you try and push them to do more that they start to show their limits.

    Still the target audience is not expecting a whole lot. I mean when taking a shot of yourself in a bathroom mirror, you don't need much.
     
  16. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Pavel
    As you can see in my shots, dynamic range is the primary concern.

    That's true. When I need to quickly show something to my wife I even use the front camera — its resolution is less than 2 MP and this means that the shot will be uploaded much faster.