Salvo, For now, the Central Russian air force Museum at Monino
it “Russian military air forces Central Museum” at Monino (Russia) is one of the largest aviation museums in the world where are exposed about 194 unity between planes and helicopters, In addition to search engines, uniforms, instruments and other material related to the history of the Russian air force, collected in 58 years of the Museum's activities. Some of the aircraft on display are unique specimens, others are prototypes never made it to the production line.
Every year the Museum is visited by more than 250 thousand tourists from all over the world. In recent years were set up new exhibition areas, including a heated hangar where they were relocated 20 aircraft. The Museum staff consists almost entirely by volunteers who over time have specialised in the restoration and conservation of the specimens exposed. In 2013 they have also initiated a project for the restoration and preservation of the Tu-144.
According to some rumors have started circulating at the beginning 2016 and reported on the Facebook page of the Monino Museum, the Russian Ministry of defense was planning – by June 2016 – the relocation of some units to Monino to Kubinka at the “Patriot Park“, the new military theme park built by Putin, nicknamed the "Disneyland".
These rumors have raised a huge media fuss, created primarily by the concern of the volunteers of Monino who feared for the health of the planes on display. Between Vali and Kubinka are about 150 Km and not necessarily the planes and helicopters must be removed prior to transfer: These operations could damage them irreparably. Only some of the units were considered to transfer to Kubina, for the other there was talk of dismantling and demolition. On Change.org found the petition launched by volunteers to protect the Central air force Museum in Monino, where explain point by point their concerns.
This danger, For now, seems to have been avoided. The Defense Ministry has officially denied wanting to close the Monino Museum in coming months, but he confirmed that some units will be transferred to Kubina with the support of highly qualified and experienced, in order to avoid any kind of problem.
The Patriot Park” Kubinka tank Museum is destined to become a center of military attractions especially for young people who may try to drive and military aircraft through simulators, as well as use of weapons and relive some historical battles through realistic reconstructions. Starting from 2017 Kubinka will also host the international Aeronautics and space in Moscow, known as “MAKS“, which to date was held in Zhukovsky, near Moscow.
While Kubinka is projected into the future, at Monino time seems to stand still. A magical place that every aviation enthusiast should visit. Antonio Di Trapani has done for us, visiting the Museum of VVS * of Monino in 2011. Made this photo report we share with all readers From The Skies.
*VVS = Russian 27J Rossijskoj Federacii (in Russian: Военно-воздушные силы Российской Федерации), often abbreviated VVS (BBC in Cyrillic), is the current air force of the Russian Federation and an integral part of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.
Thanks to the wide media echo caused by rumors of a closure of the Central Museum of the air forces in Monino scheduled for July 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry has denied wanting to transfer the planes to Monino at the Patriot Park in Zhukosky. It shall be the duty of the Museum to decide if and which exhibits provide the Patriot Park.
The Central air force Museum in Monino, Russia, It is about 38 km East from Moscow, It is the largest aviation museum in Russia and supplied. The structure that houses the Museum was an airbase of the VVS from 1932 until April 1956. The Museum was founded in 1958 and opened to the public in 1960.
The Museum was managed by the Russian Government for years, and many of the leading Russian design studios (Tupolev, Ilyushin, Antonov, Mikoyan, Yakovlev, just to mention the most notorious) contributed to the achievement of the Museum providing prototypes and/or resources for the maintenance of the Museum.
In 2001 the Museum became independent of Government, until then every entry of visitors had to be carefully budgeted and approved.
The collection is organized in two hangars plus a large part outdoors. A hangar accommodates individual pieces dating from a period that goes from the first world war to the period immediately after the second , the second aircraft that have made the history of World War II.
In the years ' 90 the Museum was unguarded and vandals and treasure hunters metals unfortunately have made several forays, especially in liner present outdoors.
The photos below date back to summer 2011, some specimens have been efficiently restored, others have changed livery (MIL V-12 for example) and some new aircraft should have been added to the collection.
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