On March 4 there was an open day in the airfield of Saky devoted to the 95th Anniversary of founding the Black Sea fleet aviation. Our photographer Vladimir Nikiforov was there to capture the proceedings.
Early in the morning, a ceremonial meeting was held to commemorate Timur Apakidze, pilot and Hero of the Russian Federation.
After the meeting was over there was a display of air and aerodrome equipment in service with the Black Sea fleet naval aviation. The military let the visitors examine all the aircraft. Children enjoyed it the most, of course.
Some guests used the opportunity to take selfies with the planes.
There was a field kitchen available so that the visitors could have a snack.
Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the Be-12 aircraft failed to come and the demonstration flights of the Su-30SM were cancelled as well. Here it is, the Black Sea fleet aviation Su-30SM.
Same craft, frontal view.
The pilot’s seat.
The multilock ejector rack at the fuselage pylon of the Su-30SM fighter jet.
The OLS-30 infrared search and track station allows detecting enemy’s planes and aiming missiles with the radar switched off.
The GSH-301 30-mm automatic gun is under orange blanking cover.
The Su-24 frontline bomber with drop tank.
The bomber’s cabin.
The missile-bombing weapon of the Su-24.
The Tu-134UBL aircraft. The craft of this type are used to train pilots of the long-range Tu-22M and Tu-160.
The An-72 Black Sea aviation aircraft.
The H-59M ‘Ovod-M’ missile designed for killing small ground and surface targets.
The AMK-24/56 multi-purpose aerodrome conditioner.
The combined aerodrome flusher machine.
The sweeping truck.