CX Flyboy
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Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:29 pm

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?

Thanks!!

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noelg
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:06 pm

Apparently it's the Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production Company according to http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/11405/

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!
 
PavlovsDog
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:46 pm

It almost looks as if the factory is as close to the other airport in the image, Yuzhny, which looks to have an apron packed with a variety of aircraft.

Zooming out I see that Tashkent basically has suburbs in Kazakstan. Looks like a really fascinating region.
 
scouseflyer
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:31 pm

I looks to me like the planes and their hanger have been left stranded by a housing development swallowing up the airbase?

LIke what's happening to Filton in Bristol...
 
CX Flyboy
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:02 am

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!!
 
scouseflyer
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:27 am

Dont get me started - if I'm working from home I have to stop myself having a quick look on Google Earth as before you know there's the morning gone!

Anyway have a look at :

Mojave Airport 35° 3'46.01"N 118° 8'53.91"W

and

Monthan airbase 32° 9'18.20"N 110°49'50.03"W

for something that will occupy you for hours!
 
CX Flyboy
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:02 am

Wow, very interesting. thanks for those coordinates. For some reason I never thought about Davis Monthan being an operational base. Interesting to see stuff there in use!
 
crownvic
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:14 pm

On the far west end of the factory area, I think this must be the "museum collection" I see an AN-12, AN-8 an IL-14 and what appears to be a rare IL-28 Beagle in camo!!!
 
pilotaydin
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RE: Tashkent Airport On Google Earth

Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:17 pm

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
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