SIBERIAN WRECKS AND RELICS PART TWO

Daniel Johnston concludes his Russian odyssey, visiting some of the country’s most remote spots in the pursuit of rare and unusual Soviet-era aircraft.

At the time of the author’s visit, Tupolev Tu-134B-3, RA-65693 (c/n 63221), was the last example of the type flying scheduled services. Alrosa confirmed in early April that the aircraft’s final flight was expected to take place on May 20.
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Siberian Light Aviation (SiLA) operates six examples of the Antonov An-28.
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Having made our way from Moscow to Irkutsk over the preceding four days (see Airliner World, May 2019) and sampling a variety of modern Russian airliners and Soviet-era classics, day five offered our first break in what had been a packed itinerary. The group therefore spent some time exploring the city before the flying programme resumed with charter flights across Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude.

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