CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6651 posts, RR: 55 Posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4058 times:
Just found a link to this military airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and I was intrigued by the small apron and seemingly very large building quite some distance from the military airport. Does anyone know anything about the place? Do they have to close down the main road everytime anything taxies between the two? The taxiway looks very narrow for an IL76!!
What is the purpose of this seperate apron? Is it an aircraft factory or maintenance base?
Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production Company
Description: The government-controlled Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production Company, headquartered outside of Tashkent, maintains one of the largest and most significant aircraft assembly plants in Central Asia.
Current production features the TD, MD, MF and TF variants of the Il-76 cargo aircraft, as well as the wings for the An-70 cargo aircraft. In September 1996 the Chkalov plant also began producing the IL-114T cargo aircraft and the IL-114 passenger version. The new generation of aircraft models IL- 76MF and IL- 76TF have a carrying capacity of over 52 tons and are equipped with new highly economic low-noise motors. The new variation of the IL-114-100 aircraft is powered by engines built by Pratt & Whitney, the Canadian subsidiary of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp, with a service life of over 6000 flying hours. The base model of the Il-144 is powered by Russian-built TV-117C engines. The Il-114 and Il-114-100 are intended to replace aging Antonov An-24 and Yakovlev Yak-40 aircraft. Boeing has developed a cooperative effort with this company.
That's fascinating - it's miles from the airport but like you say that taxiway turns into a road and crosses a busy road! There are cars on the taxiway after the main road too. If you notice near the main road there is an aircraft stood on the corner too on some sort of stand (look at the shadow) - maybe its the main entrance to the complex?
This is incredible photography - I'm fascinated by exotic places like this!
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6651 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3758 times:
Ah thanks for the replies. I had a sneaking feeling those huge buildings there looked like an aircraft factory. I had great fun zooming into other cities in the region and looking at their airports. Lots of derelict looking planes in that part of the world. Very fascinating indeed. I could spend hours looking on google earth!!
Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3376 times:
hi there, check out SIMFEROPOL airport in south Ukraine, i fly there quite frequently, and i was told the airport was used as a shuttle emergency landing facility by the russians....check out the 1.5 mile taxi route to the actual apron after landing on the south-north runway lol
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!