YAKUTSK, Oct. 09, 2010 — To celebrate the 85th Yakutia aviation anniversary, Yakutsk Airport arranged the air show that was announced in local newspapers as a real big show for all city residents. The airport was totally open between 10.45 am till 2 pm. Any person was allowed to enter the landing strip and see planes, airport vehicles and air show.
The event resembled more a temporary outdoor aviation museum targeting kids and their parents. Local air companies and avia enthusiasts exhibited their planes. For instance, Yakutia Airlines displayed a Boing 737, Polar Airlines a few AN planes, including AN 2. There were rarities presented as well. Like a green propeller used presumably in the course of WWI. Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know, but aviation history fans deserve admiration, they managed to have kept old planes in good condition.
Kids liked all planes. Despite the cold weather (around -6 degrees Centigrade), they stood in long lines to get inside aircraft. The longest queue, certainly, was to Yakutia Airlines’ Boing 137, that was leased from Iceland a few years ago. By the way, as far as I know, the company rented five Boings and use them for national and international flights.
The air show was pretty short because of fogs hung over airport. In the sky we could see a MI 8 helicopter and a paraplane.
Words enough. Time to look at photos.