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Topic: Guided Spotting Tours In Russia
Username: muellae
Posted 2012-12-12 07:16:57 and read 5216 times.

Hello community,

I am interested in going out spotting in Russia. Of course moscow or st.petersburg should be the most interesting places and best to reach.
I know that spotting in russia is not accepted by police or security. But I often heard about guided (commercial) spotting tours to DME/SVO/LED where you won't get in trouble with the police. So here are my questions:

1.) Can anyone recommand such a tour operator?
2.) Is there another open day like this one: http://www.airliners.net/photo/2163462 planned in the future? And would it be possible to participate also for non-russian spotters?

Thank you very much for your help folks!

Topic: RE: Guided Spotting Tours In Russia
Username: sovietjet
Posted 2012-12-12 07:40:12 and read 5211 times.

Quoting muellae (Thread starter):
I know that spotting in russia is not accepted by police or security.

Where did you hear this? Spotting in Russia is pretty easy.

Quoting muellae (Thread starter):

1.) Can anyone recommand such a tour operator?

Try Aeroprints or Ian Allan Tours

Quoting muellae (Thread starter):
2.) Is there another open day like this one: http://www.airliners.net/photo/2163462 planned in the future? And would it be possible to participate also for non-russian spotters?

From what I understand these open days are rather short notice. Maybe a Russian photographer can offer some more knowledge?

Topic: RE: Guided Spotting Tours In Russia
Username: megatop412
Posted 2012-12-12 15:37:19 and read 5146 times.

Muellae, thanks for the question as I had always wondered about Russian spotting as well. I figured it had to be easier than Soviet spotting(showing my age there) but didn't know how welcoming they are about foreigners photographing their airports. I'd love to take a trip over there in the next few years before all the Il-86's and -62's are gone

Topic: RE: Guided Spotting Tours In Russia
Username: sovietjet
Posted 2012-12-12 20:37:32 and read 5121 times.

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 2):
before all the Il-86's and -62's are gone

Unfortunately those are already gone  . Only military ones left.

Topic: RE: Guided Spotting Tours In Russia
Username: petertenthije
Posted 2012-12-14 16:25:30 and read 5005 times.

Quoting sovietjet (Reply 3):
Only military ones left.

There are still a handfull of Il-62s left, some as cargo birds and some with the Russian disaster management agency (borderline military I suppose. The Il-86 is only in use by the military. The last civilian flights where a year and a half ago. There are still several stored, 4x at DME, 2x at VKO and 2x at the aviation college at SVO. Another one can be seen at Saint Petersburg's Pulkovo.

The Tu-134 is also getting very rare with only a few being used as executive jets and again the military. There are quite a few Yak-42s and a handfull Tu-154s around. At Saint Pete's you'll also see quite a few An-148s courtesy of Rossiya.


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