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Guided Spotting Tours In Russia  
User currently offlinemuellae From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5637 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!

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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2648 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5632 times:
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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?


User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5567 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

User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2648 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5542 times:
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Quoting megatop412 (Reply 2):
before all the Il-86's and -62's are gone

Unfortunately those are already gone  . Only military ones left.


User currently onlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3394 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5426 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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