Stranded in a Soviet time capsule

With poor connections, infrequent flights and practices long since replaced elsewhere, Northern Russia’s White Sea coast offers enthusiasts the aviation experience of yesteryear. Bernd Sturm reflects on a trip to the land that time forgot.

The 1976-vintage tri-jet, RA-88188 (c/n 9620848), wore the striking blue and white livery of former operator Yamal Airlines. To the surprise of passengers, the middle thrust reverser can be deployed during the descent to slow down the aircraft.

There’s an old proverb that states time and tide wait for no man. That may well be true, but there are certain parts of the world where time has seemingly stood still.

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