On our way home from the Crimea in 2002 we had a chance to visit a very interesting site in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine.
This was a former air war school facility. It was shut down in 2002 because of financing cuts – pilots are not in a high demand nowadays.
Antonov An-24 plane.
The majority of the aircraft park consists of trainer L-29 planes made in Czechoslovakia.
The last time they were up in the sky was in 1994, according to the logbooks.
The beautiful MI-8.
The cabin hoods cracked up a long time ago.
Let’s take a look inside.
The aircraft have been lined into three rows on the ground.
Next to them there is some equipment designed for establishing an air base in the field.
A powerful floodlight is installed in the back of one of the trucks, and there is an antenna mounted on the house-type body of the other truck.
Abandoned military equipment.
Inside this vehicle there is runway lighting and its control equipment.
Since the blades are the most valuable parts, they were taken down a long time ago.
These aircraft look like kids’ toys.
The cabin and the remains of the hand wheel.
They probably really miss the sky.
MI-8 looks like a giant next to them.
A radar antenna mounted on some kind of chassis.
And these look like trainer An-2 aircraft to me.
One more pilot’s seat.
There are a lot of airplanes here.
The door leading to the passenger section of the helicopter.
The blades on the MI-8 are still intact.
This is a real airplane graveyard.
Images by Denis Frantsuzov, reproduced with permission