Monino Soviet/Russian Air Force Museum
I must admit here I've had a fascination with aircraft of the Soviet Union and Russia for as long as I can
remember.  I'm not sure as to why.  Perhaps it was growing up in the late 50's and through the 60's, the
Cold War and the Soviet obscession for secrecy that sparked my interest. While I could find all the
information on Western aircraft my heart desired, all I saw of those mysterious Russian planes were fuzzy
photographs and some estimated figures on their size and performance.  NATO knew so little of them,
including their names, that they gave names to Soviet aircraft like "Bear" and "Fishbed".  In the late 70's, I
learned that many photos I saw were actually taken at a museum!  There was really a place to see these
airplanes in real life.  This was a place I really wanted to visit.  This was a dream that I thought I would
never see realized - foreigners were forbidden to visit.  Then in 1986, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in
the USSR.  Eventually his policy of "glasnost" (openess) lifted some of the restrictions in that country.  To
make this already too long story shorter, I got to visit Monino a few times between 1991 and 1997, a dream
come true several times over.  Anyway, please enjoy my Monino pics....
Beriev:
Be-12 (Mail)
Moscow, Russia
Lisunov:
Li-2 (Cab)
Hinds and Flankers and Bears, Oh My!!!  What the heck are all those names for anyway?
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