Tag Archive: Russia


Arkona @ Metaldays 2016

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“When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!”
Yuri Gagarin

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When Putin flies into Slovenia

Yesterday, 22nd March 2011, Russian Prime Minister arrived to Slovenia for a formal visit (with Gazprom representatives you can imagine what was the main topic). Anyhow every time an interesting bird flies into the small Slovenia, aviation enthusiasts and spotters gather behind the fence of Ljubljana airport (LJU/LJLJ). I don’t like shooting photos of the flying “buses” (ie. airliners) as they are too boring and predictable for my style of photography but as a big Soviet/Russian aviation fan and as I had a day off work, it would be a sin to miss an opportunity to catch the Rossiya 1, Russian equvivalent of the US Air Force 1. All in all, 5 aircraft flew in for this event: transporter Il-76TM, 2x Tu-154M, Gazprom Falcon bussiness jet and last but not least, the presidental Ilyushin Il-96. Below is the photo story of yesterdays event. Continue reading

MAKS 2009, pt.1

MAKS – Moscow Aeronautical Cosmonautical Salon – is a biannual event held at Zhukovksy Air Base, just outside Moscow. Although by intent being similar to Farnborough or Le Bourget Salons, MAKS is different by offering the visitor an insight view of mainly the future of Russian aircraft development along with a flying display of most of the current and future aircraft and helicopters, along with some foreign guests. This year, they were Italian aerobatical group Frecce Tricolori, French group Patrouille France and French demo display Rafale.

The pictures show some of the Wednesdays flying display. I will be adding Thursdays display pics in the near future.

For more pics from Wednesday, click on the photo below