Sea aircraft in the Crimea: Saky airfield

15:3609 Mar, 2016 5019
Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

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.   

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

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. 

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

Some guests used the opportunity to take selfies with the planes.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

There was a field kitchen available so that the visitors could have a snack.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

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.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

Same craft, frontal view.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

The pilot’s seat.

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The multilock ejector rack at the fuselage pylon of the Su-30SM fighter jet. 

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

The OLS-30 infrared search and track station allows detecting enemy’s planes and aiming missiles with the radar switched off.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

The GSH-301 30-mm automatic gun is under orange blanking cover.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

The Su-24 frontline bomber with drop tank.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy

The bomber’s cabin.

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The missile-bombing weapon of the Su-24.

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The Tu-134UBL aircraft. The craft of this type are used to train pilots of the long-range Tu-22M and Tu-160.

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The An-72 Black Sea aviation aircraft.

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The H-59M ‘Ovod-M’ missile designed for killing small ground and surface targets.

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The AMK-24/56 multi-purpose aerodrome conditioner.

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The combined aerodrome flusher machine.

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The sweeping truck.

Photo: Vladimir Nikiforov/Warmy
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