I used the opportunity of a business trip to Romania with CSA, routing HAJ-PRG-OTP vv (this is all I can tell you about HAJ and PRG, they are soo boring), to visit some airports and airfields in Walachia:
1.) Unfinished Rombac 1-11 near Chitila
I had seen the pictures of that unfinished Rombac 1-11 in our database so I decided to have a look. The Rombac 1-11 is stored near a solid waste landfill.
Did you notice the bird near the cockpit? Seems as if this bird wanted to make a joke and imitated the Khaliffa Airways colours
Photo © Michael Kubatz
Initially, I wanted to go closer to the Rombac 1-11 but these boys here did not allow me to do so – here during their “friend enemy recognition”:
and now during attack – wave 1:
and wave 2:
2.) Bucharest Baneasa (BBU)
After I had changed my underwear ( ) I drove to Bucharest Baneasa, as I knew from previous trips that there is a B 707 stored directly adjacent to a gas station.
When searching for a possibility to take some photos of the B 737-200 and B 727-100 stored behind Romaero’s hangars, I found another uncompleted Romanian aircraft, an IAR 93A.
N707LG, B 707-3M1, ex Omega Air in ex Indonesian Air Force cls.
Much better photo taken when there was only a small fence.
Photo © Radu Dobrescu - RoSpotters
N933AS, MD 82, ex Air Alasaka
Inuit in Bucharest, well, at least 50% of him
Just for documentation: ex UA B 737-291 N623AV, Avstar, now YR-CRI and wearing “Dream Jet” titles.
And finally a good dog: a mad dog protecting the Mad Dog, chained to the nose gear and with dog house below the Mad Dog.
3.) Ticleni Aerodrom
Sunday early in the morning – nobody was there except one security guy. I kindly asked him and he allowed to go onto the airfield to take pictures of four Antonov 2:
YR-PBI, An 2, Aeroclubul Romaniei
YR-PMW, An 2, Aerogetic
YR-DAM, An 2, private
YR-PMY, An 2, Romstyl Impex
and here the three of the above mentioned Antonovs stored in a row:
4.) Pitesti Aerodrom
Again early on a Sunday morning – I was able to drive directly onto the airfield and to take all photos from the car, something which I preferred due to the dogs (see above – it was everywhere the same…). I saw at least 7 An 2 and one An 2-wreckage.
YR-PMO and five additional An 2 in the background
YR-EKT Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum
5.) Airfield near Bals, Olt County
On the way to Craiova airport I passed a temporary air field near Bals. I suppose it was used to start spraying missions from there but right now it looks more like an An 2 –graveyard – kind of a Victorville for Antonov 2s.
6.) Craiova airport
On the tarmac of the Craiova airport there are dozens of jet fighters but I was not able to take some picture. About 1 km next to the runway there is an all-white DC 9 stored on the premises of Avioane Craiova. http://www.acv.ro/
I have been told by a spotter from Frankfurt, that this is an ex Aviaco/Iberia DC-9-34CF, EC-CTU. It was ferried from Madrid to Craiova back in June 2005 as 9L-LFK (thanks fraaviation.de for this information).
Photo © Javier Rodriguez - Iberian Spotters
7.) Craiova aerodrom
The same as before, just drive onto the airfield and don’t leave the car unless you see somebody who is working there:
There are three An 2s, YR-IVA just as an example:
and two wrackages, e.g. YR-PAS
So much for Walachia, it would have been easy to visit even more airfields. However, my next trip will be to Transilvania on the other side of the Carpatian mountains.