After the easy a quick view at the Ilyushin IL-76 at Dolgoye Ledovo~Moscow, it was time for the BIG visit for the morning.
With regards to this huge base at Chkalovskiy~Moscow, we knew what Ex Commercial airliners where based, many of them also slowly disintegrating, however this was very much a live base.
We were aware that we also needed to see a gate guard and another aircraft in the town, although this town was classed / called Shchelkovo. Yes, a few military, but it gives the full picture of the days visits and what can be seen.
Grant had been here on his 2015 visit and only noted 10 aircraft, this time we noted 72. However the reason for the low number was that, amongst other things, that they got there too late and heat haze had already kicked in, they had a foot injury for one of the group and some also got spooked at the sight of trucks going in and out of the base.
However to be quite clear, this was going to be tough. We also saw a few trucks going in the base or along the perimeter, but they did not bother looking at us. We also had to walk through a building site, again some workers just looked at us and carried on with what they were doing.
Not all of the public footpaths were clear nor even and because of this, one of our team also hurt himself when he fell on a number of occasions. At the same time the heat was high and with no or little wind, it was hot. At the end of the day a few of the team were also bitten quite a few times by mosquitoes, which was not pleasant and the bites were still seen days after. As we were walking the perimeter, stop, starting and going back to get angles, the visit from 0800hrs to 1240hrs saw us walk 17km / 11 miles. I would strongly advise anyone doing this to take plenty of water and keep bags to a minimum. Having said that, the result was excellent and the memory of this place will stay with me for many years.
Similar to the first location, before you go, you really need to study the base and path layouts on Google Maps and even after doing that, you can get a little disorientated. You also need to see where you can start the walk and ensure you get back to that location to meet up with your driver or hire car. We were at one point thinking of carrying on along a rapidly overgrown path and into the woods and if that could have been done, we may very well have saved some walk time. But it was best to return on the known path. One final point is that because the path was becoming overgrown, we did not get to a final ramp that we were hoping to.
I think that you will see the size of the base if you look at my photographs….
Just one request, but military, so delete if not interested….
15 red Antonov An-12 C/n Unknown (Unfortunately at least two An-12 with the same ID.)
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The extra two military are at the end of this report.
I have left the log as in order noted.
Viewed between 0800-1240hrs………….. and a VERY long walk.
RF-72907 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572020375 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RA-78854 Ilyushin IL-76MD-90 C/n 1013407220 Withdrawn from use
RA-86539 Ilyushin IL62M C/n 2344615 Russian Air Force
RA-86495 Ilyushin IL62M C/n Unknown Russian Air Force
RA-86559 Ilyushin IL62M C/n 2153258 Russian Air Force
68 red Antonov An-12BK C/n 9346303 Russian Air Force
RA-86538 Ilyushin IL62M C/n 2241758 Withdrawn from use
RA-86496 Ilyushin IL62 M C/n Unknown Russian Air Force
RA-86555 Ilyushin IL62M C/n 4547315 Withdrawn from use
RA-86572 Ilyushin IL62M C/n 3154624 Russian Air Force
RF-90314 Antonov An-26 C/n 83-09 Strategic Rocket Forces (Marked 03 red)
RA-85605 Tupolev Tu-154B2 C/n 84A605 Russian Air Force
RA-85042 Tupolev Tu-154M C/n 12A998 Russian Air Force
RF-95675 Ilyushin IL-22M-II C/n 394011097 Russian Air Force
RF-95680 Ilyushin IL-22SRT C/n 2964017554 Russian Air Force
RF-75676 IL-18 Ilyushin IL-18E C/n 185008605 Russian Air Force
RA-78847 Ilyushin IL-76MD C/n 1003404132 Russian Air Force
RF-90785 Ilyushin IL-22M-11 C/n 2964017558 Russian Air Force
RA-75911 Ilyushin IL-22M-11-RT C/n 394011096 Russian Air Force
RA-86149 Ilyushin IL-86VKP C/n 51483205048 Russian Air Force
RF-93642 Ilyushin IL-86VKP C/n 51483205046 Russian Air Force
RF-95919 Ilyushin IL-22M-11 C/n 2964017552 Russian Air Force
RF-95920 Ilyushin IL-22M-11 C/n 2964017551 Russian Air Force
RA-86146 Ilyushin IL-86VKP C/n 51483205042 Russian Air Force
RA-96102 Ilyushin IL-96 Ilyushin IL-96400 C/n 97693201002 Russian Air Force
RA-78846 Ilyushin IL-76MD C/n 1003403115 Withdrawn from use
RA-76635 Ilyushin IL-76MD C/n 53459775 Withdrawn from use
RA-78850 Ilyushin IL-76MD C/n 1013405196 Russian Air Force
RF-72920 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572040570 Russian Air Force
RF-72930 Antonov An-72S C/n 36572070678 Russian Air Force
RF-65990 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 63690 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RF-66049 Tupolev Tu-134UBL C/n 64615 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RF-65912 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 63985 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RF-34252 Mil Mi-8MTV-2 C/n 95370 Russian Ministry of the Interior (Marked 77 yellow)
RF-34321 Mil Mi-8AMT-1 C/n 8AMT016430944__U Russian Ministry of the Interior (Marked 147 yellow)
RF-34311 Mil Mi-8MTV-2 C/n 96646 Russian Ministry of the Interior (Marked 145 yellow)
RF-94995 Mil Mi-8PS-7 C/n 8663 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RA-85565 Tupolev Tu-154B2 C/n 82A565 Russian Air Force
RA-65894 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 40130 Withdrawn from use
RA-65982 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 63315 Withdrawn from use
RA-72913 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572030477 Withdrawn from use
RA-72947 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572090803 Withdrawn from use (Possible marked CCCP-72947)
72940 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572080781 Withdrawn from use
RA-42411 Yakovlev Yak-42D C/n 4520421219043 RusJet
RF-72976 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572094884 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RF-72922 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572040560 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RF-72979 Antonov An-72 C/n 36572095908 Russian Ministry of the Interior
RF-28981 Mil Mi-8AMT C/n 8AMT00076431903 Russian Police
RA-11652 Antonov An-12BP C/n 402702 Russian Air Force
RA-46707 Antonov An-26 C/n 06-Mar Withdrawn from use
RA-75895 Ilyushin IL-22M C/n 393607050 Withdrawn from use (Marked CCCP-75895)
RF-75499 Ilyushin IL-18D C/n 188011004 Russian Air Force
RA-12126 Antonov An-12B C/n 402507 Withdrawn from use
RF-75478 Ilyushin IL-18D C/n 189011302 Russian Air Force
RF-75496 Ilyushin IL-18D C/n 189011303 Russian Air Force
RA-86142 Scrapped at Moscow DME March 2013.BUT noted twice!!
RA-85594 Tupolev Tu-154B-2 C/n 84A594 Russian Air Force
RA-65992 Tupolev Tu-134AK C/n 63850 Russian Air Force
RA-65729 Tupolev Tu-134AK C/n 63961 Russian Air Force
RA-65996 Tupolev Tu-134AK C/n 63825 Russian Air Force
RA-65989 Tupolev Tu-134AK C/n 63605 Russian Air Force
RA-65679 Tupolev Tu-134AK C/n 23249 Withdrawn from use (Reported as scrapped around 2012/2013. I have photograph showing a full fuselage)
RA-65984 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 63400 Withdrawn from use
RA-61730 Antonov An-148100E C/n 27015043030 Russian Air Force
RA-61724 Antonov An-148100E C/n 27015042024 Russian Air Force
RA-86112 Ilyushin IL-86 C/n 51483208080 Withdrawn from use
RF-75351 Ilyushin IL-76MDK C/n 73481431 Russian Air Force
RF-65150 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 60650 Russian Air Force
RF-65152 Tupolev Tu-134A-3 C/n 62732 Russian Air Force
RA-85686 Tupolev Tu-154M C/n 90A854 Russian Air Force
RF-94940 Mil Mi-8MT C/n 94376 Russian Air Force (Coded 33 yellow)
RA-65733 Tupolev Tu-134B-3 C/n 64425 Russian Air Force
Base Gate Guard.
2102 blue Sukhoi Su-7 BM C/n Unknown Preserved
The 2102 blue serial is now faded and resembles 21 blue. No stopping here, only a drive past.