SIBERIAN WRECKS AND RELICS

Daniel Johnston joins the Ultimate Russian Aviation Tour and traverses Siberia in the pursuit of rare and unusual Soviet-era aircraft.

A former Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-104A (c/n 920903) in its final resting place at the Samara Technical Institute.
Tolyatti’s largely military technical museum also contains this prop-less Ilyushin Il-14.
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Spanning 11 time zones and stretching 5,600 miles (9,000km) from the Black Sea in the west to the Bering in the east, Russia is vast. It accounts for one-sixth of the globe’s total land surface, making it the biggest country in the world by far. The nation also incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms, from deserts and semi-arid steppes to deep forests and Arctic tundra. Such diversity holds great appeal for the avid traveller, while for the aviation enthusiast the country remains a veritable treasure trove of rare and classic aircraft.

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