afay1
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Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Wed Feb 05, 2003 8:22 pm

Hello all. I'll be going to Volgograd (used to be Tsaritsyn pre-1925, but better known as Stalingrad 1925-1961) on a trip this weekend (from Moscow Sheremetyevo I). I couldn't find much concrete info on the airport at Gumrak other than it has been reconstructed and/or the process continues. I will be going on Aeroflot (TU-134A). Anybody been there or have more info/advice? I will try and take some pictures. It is my first trip on Aeroflot and I am looking forward to it. Thanks!
 
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 4:11 am

What are you going to Volgograd for? Trying to find yourself a Russian wife?  Laugh out loud

Basic info on the airport at:

http://dir.avia.ru/airports/85438451008596148.shtml

Airport website:

http://www.mav.ru/
 
sushka
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 5:23 am

Volgograd is somewhere that I always wanted to go. It seems like a cool place.
Im sure you will enjoy the Tu134, it is my favorite. Be sure to visit the rear lavatories and look out the window of them inflight!

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
 
Established02
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 5:46 am

> What are you going to Volgograd for?

The "Mamayev Kurgan" WWII memorial site is an impressive, but dramatic place to visit.

Shyastliva puti!
 
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 6:36 am

Yeah, the memorial would be a great place to visit, and it is on my plans.

But the majority of "westerners" visit Volgograd for only one reason, which is demonstrated by the Volga Aviaexpress safety cards  Laugh out loud

 
ben
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 6:41 am

I've been to Volgograd!

It is one of those few very special places that I will always remember (and hopefully go back to).

The Volgograd-based "babyflot" is VolgaAviaExpress who operate Tu-134s and Yak-42s amongst others. If you are lucky, you will see the "S.C. Rotor" Yak-42 painted with a stunning blue livery and covered with stars. It is operated by VolgaAviaExpress but spends a lot of its time at Bykovo-Moscow. I flew on their Tu-134 RA-65086 which was pretty impressive and had excellent leg-room (Aviatsiya, Your Volga TU3 safety card + others is still waiting for you).

VOG is a typical Soviet style airport. The ticket staff are nice - they patched me up after an unfortunate 'scrape' with a train in Moscow the day before I arrived (ouch)!

As Established02 says, the Mamayev Kurgan is amazing, together with the semi-underground memorial just down the hill from the main statue.

I went in the high summer which I guess would be much better than the winter. People were swimming in the Volga to cool off and the beaches on the other side were crowded with sunbathers.

I took the local ferry over to that side just to get some pictures. It looked like Tenerife at the height of summer - people who see the pics dont believe it was in the middle of Russia.

The local Intourist hotel is an absolute jewel. Nothing like the other intourist places. Its like a palace, and one of the cheapest hotels in town. I make a rule never to stay in Intourist, but that one is well worth a visit.

Hope you enjoy your stay.
 
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 7:05 am

So youve already got a VolgaAviaExpress card?? Ok then I will trade mine with Clemens in that case....

Yes most westerners go there for that reason.. too bad hey. VOG was a very hard place to get some action! They must know about the ways of western boys!
 
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 8:09 am

Ben

I got 2 different versions of their Yak-42 (check my site me boy). You got the Tu-134? Let me get back to you on email aboot that.
 
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 9:08 am

For a little more info on the memorials, try this site: http://www.stalingrad.com.ru

I plan to go down there myself sometime in the future.
 
afay1
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RE: Volgograd Gumrak Airport (VOG)

Thu Feb 06, 2003 4:52 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I couldn't get tickets on VolgaAviaExpress, so I going on Aeroflot (in fact, . They have a really weird schedule, I am leaving on Friday night at 9:30pm and then have to return on Sunday at 9:30am, those are the only flights. I am planning to stay at the Intourist, as I have had it highly reccomended to me by lots of people, and confirmed by you guys. I am not actually going to find a wife  Big grin, just out of historical and cultural interest. The flight was $100 round-trip, so I figured, why not. I speak servicable Russian, so it was no problem getting tickets. I teach/study in Moscow, which is why I can take side-trips. Believe it or not, I couldn't get a job at home in the USA, but could here. I studied Russian history and politics in college, but need much more language work. Naturally, shuttling back and forth in Russia and between the U.S. has led to many aviation related adventures. In the last two years I have managed to travel on Sabena, Swiss, Delta, and Lufthansa transatlantic (several times each), United transcontinental several times, and United, United Express, Delta Connection, and Jetblue on regional U.S. routes, and within Europe on Sabena, Swiss, Lufthansa, BMI, Aer Lingus, and now Aeroflot. Look out for trips on Siberia Airlines (S7), Estonian Airlines, and Air Malta coming in the next few months. Not bad for being age 22 (and having had good jobs in college combined with more than generous parents, well, and a high credit limit on my Visa card). Thanks again!...