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Any Other Airports Like SHJ?  
User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Outside of Russia and the CIS area, are there any other airports like SHJ? Airports that are home to a lot of Russian freighters and older aircraft? The pictures that I see in the database of SHJ are amazing to see. Smokey IL76s, AN12s, the odd B707, IL18s and others. SHJ with it's list of aircraft types and operators seems to be a one of a kind airport.


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User currently offlineAntonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

there a a few round that part of the world
Al Ain,
Ras al Heimer (spelling ?) had a big IL76 mx base about 5 years ago, dont know if its still there


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12566 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2130 times:
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Sadly SHJ is slowly but surely losing it's character.

Air Arabia is growing its fleet of A320s and Phoenix (the traditional Il-18 operator) is now becoming a 737 and 767 operator. I think there are now less than 5 Il-18s based at SHJ. Very few 707s still operate.

SHJ is still a major Il-76 airport and of course lots of maintenance on older Russina types.

The first time I visited SHJ nearly half the movements were Il-18s. The last time I went, I didn't see one Il-18 in the air. SHJ is always worth a visit because you can never be sure what will be there, but it's definitely a case of quality over quantity. You have to be patient to spend a whole day there!



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

IST still gets a lot of Russian built aircraft. Those beasts are noisy!!!!


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Quoting Antonovman (Reply 1):
Ras al Heimer (spelling ?)

Did you mean Ras Al Khaimah?


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Quoting Antonovman (Reply 1):
Ras al Heimer (spelling ?)

Ras Al Khaimah

There used to be ramp tours available, hence all the great shots taken at SHJ, but sadly this has been stopped now, because of the development work going on there. I doubt they will start again, as the UAE airports are extremely anal when it comes to allowing photography.


User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 5):
Ras Al Khaimah

Thanks, later today I'll take a look at Ras Al Khaimah in the database to see if there is any interesting pics from there. Sadly being in the US, I may never get to see these birds in person.



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