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Topic: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: Tu204
Posted 2007-04-01 16:33:45 and read 9891 times.

Some overdue news:
Last year some aviation enthusiasts, retired Air Force pilots, pilots, ground personell, and students studying all roles in aviation (including myself) formed a group and then a non-profit organisation called "Aviarestorer". Every saturday, even in the winter, we meet up at the Central Aviation Museum in Monino (near Moscow) and do all sorts of volunteer work: from cleaning the museum grounds and aircraft to actually restoring the museum aircraft - inside and out.
Our goal is to preserve the display aircraft and restore them to the condition they were in when they landed for the last time at Monino...over 20 years ago. Our long term goal is to restore the interior of the passenger aircraft and open them to the general public. After all, it always pains me to tell guests of the museum that they cannot come inside and have a look at the Tu-144 when we are working inside it  Wink
We have a site, http://aviarestorer.ru (in Russian) and a Forum at http://aviarestorer.ru/forum/ (again in Russian)
We also upload all our photos from each saturday to this site: http://www.streamphoto.ru/users/FlyAway/175030/
(This is the link to yesterday's photos, but you can view others by selecting a different folder on the left side of the screen)

Currently, Aviarestorer gets all of its funds from its members (we all chip in for paint, tools and any other materials we need to reach our goal). At the moment we are considering creating a fund for donations, so I was asked to find out if any A.net memebers would potentially consider donating a couple dollars in case the fund was created to sponsor a plane of your choice at Monino. If so, please write me a PM or just reply in this post.

Also, if we have any A.nutters in Moscow other than myself, I urge you to come to Monino on any Saturday to help out because we do need all the help we can get, there are alot of aircraft that can be cleaned, painted, propped up (as their landing gears have sunk a bit into the ground in the past 20 years of neglect). After a day of work we always have a barbeque, so, if you are interested, please PM me or just show up at Monino after 9AM on Saturday and tell the ticket lady that you are with Aviarestorer. By the way, this also goes for any A.nutter that visits Moscow and wouldn't mind a bit of work and see some of these aircraft from the inside and take a few photos  Wink


Below are some photo's from this saturday.

Me entering the Tu-144 through the avionics bay (between the engine nacelles) through a tiny access hatch:



The "Tupolev 144/114 team" on the wing of the Tu-144 with the other plane we are responsible for, the Tu-114 in the backround:



The forward economy class cabin in the Tu-144:


The "IL-18 team" after cleaning out the interior of the IL-18 as seen from the Tu-114. A couple years ago the IL-18 caught on fire and all the seats and flamable materials burnt up, fortunately, the 2 tonnes of Kerosene left in the tanks did not explode. These guys removed 16 garbage bags of trash in total (some are seen behind them):


Me in the spacious cockpit of the Tu-114 yelling at the Pavel, the guy taking the picture (Superfly, you know who I am talking about  Wink ) to get back to working on the replacing one of the windows on the plane:


Me after a little rest on one of the !BEDS! in the Tu-114. Nikita Khruschev, leader of the Soviet Union in the 1950's and early 1960's used this as his personal plane and actually slept on that very bed on his way to the United States in 1960! (When he took off his shoe and slammed it on the desk at the UN Summit and threated the west that "we will bury you"):


Me sitting in the second cabin of the same Tupolev 114. The interior is in suprisingly good condition for a plane that was retired in 1969. A little damp and the paint faded and flaked off in several places, but even the seats are in good condition (and very comfortable for that matter). Next weekend we plan to take all of the seat covers off and wash them. You can see how "retro" the cabin looks and how spacious it is in this plane.
http://www.4freeimagehost.com/show.php?i=e43abefbb7bb.jpg

Here is Pavel making a temporary patch on the broken window so that water...and vandals will not be able to get in. Next week we will have a permanent plexiglass replacement:
http://www.4freeimagehost.com/show.php?i=90c662c540a8.jpg

The "MiG-23 team" propped up the MiG-23 on jacks after half of the tyre sank into the ground. They put some bricks and rocks under it, lowered the aircraft and in a month, after the pile becomes level, they will once again lift the aircraft and solidify those rocks with cement to make a stand for the plane:
http://www.4freeimagehost.com/show.php?i=25453da7045a.jpg


Next week I plan to restore the Soviet flags on the Tu-144, Tu-114 and the Yak-42 with a fresh coat of paint.

Topic: RE: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: Aleksandar
Posted 2007-04-01 23:57:15 and read 9829 times.

Wooow. Victor, I'm impressed with your enthusiasm and dedication. bigthumbsup  Unfortunately, I haven't been in Monino, but I've seen some great photos from there and you guys have some real gems that certainly need lots of attention. Are you in contact with similar groups from abroad? It would be great for all of you to share knowledge in restoration.

Topic: RE: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: Crownvic
Posted 2007-04-02 06:17:32 and read 9805 times.

I visited Monino a couple of years back...I was quite disappointed inthe condition of many of the aircraft, but the display was most impressive...I think it is great what you guys are doing and I hope you get some sort of financial support. Good luck!

Topic: RE: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: Tu204
Posted 2007-04-02 10:36:48 and read 9782 times.

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 1):
Wooow. Victor, I'm impressed with your enthusiasm and dedication. bigthumbsup Unfortunately, I haven't been in Monino, but I've seen some great photos from there and you guys have some real gems that certainly need lots of attention. Are you in contact with similar groups from abroad? It would be great for all of you to share knowledge in restoration.

We are in contact with several other museums and their restoration groups including the Ukranian State Museum in Kiev as well as the Tupolev Design Bureau, Kamov's and MiG's. They also provide usefull information for us.
If you are going to come to MAKS 2007, please don't be shy and come on down to Monino for a day, I am sure that any A.nutter would love the chance to work on restoring aircraft and have Air Force jets landing over you (Monino is right under final approach for AFB "Chkalovsky". Recently they have been using their IL-76, IL-87's and 86's as well as some AN-124's and ofcourse the usuall Tupolevs and IL-18's. The point is, you get a great shot.

Quoting Crownvic (Reply 2):
I visited Monino a couple of years back...I was quite disappointed inthe condition of many of the aircraft, but the display was most impressive...I think it is great what you guys are doing and I hope you get some sort of financial support. Good luck!

Thank you. As I said to Aleksandar, come on down to MAKS 2007 and drop in to Monino. I think you will see some real results.

On a side note, We decided that for this weekend's project we will repaint the blue line and the "AEROFLOT" titles and logo on the Tu-144 and if we have time, paint the flags too. The white paint is not that bad but the faded blue line and the titles really ruin the look of the aircraft, also the 18 liters of blue paint needed for the line and the titles is only about $100. If we have time we will also do the flag. Most likely one day will not be enough and we will have to stay overnight and finish the work on Sunday morning...what a pity...sleeping in a plane  Wink
But regardless, I will be sure to take photos and post them on Sunday.

Topic: RE: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: MEA-707
Posted 2007-04-02 13:38:17 and read 9762 times.

Indeed it's great to see these aircraft being restored, it was so upsetting the last year two or three Tu-114s have been scrapped, thanks for all the efforts, Victor!
I might consider visiting MAKS this year, combining it with an Il-76 pleasure flight in Belarussia.
Can you tell me in short what I as (civil) spotter can expect? Any pleasure or demonstration flights as well?

Topic: RE: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: Afay1
Posted 2007-04-02 14:02:43 and read 9754 times.

Hey guys, keep up the great work! I visited Monino with some friends in '04 and had a great tour with a retired military pilot. I still have my souvenier book on a special place in my bookcase. Hopefully more will join you in your efforts! Za aviatsiyu!

Topic: RE: Restoration Work At The Monino Aviation Museum
Username: Aviopic
Posted 2007-04-02 21:15:09 and read 9691 times.

Welcome in the army of historical aircraft volunteers Victor.  bigthumbsup 
Prepare yourself for 95% of frustration and 5% of joy and you will be fine.  banghead 
Have you thought about a connection with another museum in or outside Russia ?


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