Aviation Photo #1101314 Yakovlev Yak-40 - Aeroflot

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Khorog field in Tajikistan about 2000 m above sea. One of the most difficult approaches of the world. Runway is 1840 m long and 49 m wide. Only one side VFR.
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Photo Added: August 29, 2006

Comments (93)

Anonymous
12 years ago
Fantastic Shot! Great Thanks!
Slava
Anonymous
12 years ago
This is like another world. Its a nice composition with a close-up of one of the world's shortest towers on one side and those imposing peaks on the other side.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Spectacular scenery. Cool that they fly jets into a little airstrip like that also. Must be an interesting approach.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great composition!
EF
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice old shot

but hey...are those planes getting ready for a drag race?(joke)
Anonymous
12 years ago
WOW...spectacular scenery.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great picture. my dad used to be a yak-40 pilot in 1980 in Uzbekistan and he flew a couple of times into this place. In his words, it was indeed very difficult.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Wonderful foto, speaking million words. Imagine haivng to perform an emergency landing of a fully-loaded widebody here - at night! They better have some cold beer there...
Anonymous
12 years ago
Awesome!
Anonymous
12 years ago
What a shot those moutians make a wonderful backdrop
Anonymous
12 years ago
This photo captures the difficulty of mountain operations. It is a great photo because it shows the planes, buildings, and terrain providing a total picture of this very remote airport.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Amazing shot. Respect to the pilots of those Yak's
Anonymous
12 years ago
Interesting!! A clasic image of former Soviet Union.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice shot....Looks like the set of a James Bond film.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Heavenly
Anonymous
12 years ago
Wow, what a gem. Is that security surrounding those birds? VIP trip?
Anonymous
12 years ago
Very nice photo, and just to think it would be difficult to go to such places...
However, this photo reminds me of a sad accident here, CCCP-87995, a Yak-40 crashed on 28th August 1993 at this airport, after gunmen thratened the pilots and placed 80 persons on board, more than twice overloaded, and the aircraft crashed without becoming airborne, killing 82 out of 86 on board. Just to think of it would be bone-chilling...
Anonymous
12 years ago
I would like to take this opportunity to thank airliners.net, and of course all of it's spotters who make this website so great. Thank you all!
Thanks for this picture, simply amazing !

Keep the legend alive !
Anonymous
12 years ago
Fantastic!! Like many mountain areas, the sheer beauty of the place conceals the many and invisible dangers of mountain flying. Great composition and lighting. Respect for these Yak pilots who fly into and out of this place (and survive). Well worth five stars!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Really fantastic one...
Anonymous
12 years ago
That's why I love center-russian old-looking photos! Many thanks Petr
Anonymous
12 years ago
Really a fantastic atmospheric photo. This spot looks soooooooo remote :D
Anonymous
12 years ago
Beautiful place, I hope land in those airfiel some day... amen. Thanks Petr. Hermoso lugar, espero aterrizar en esa pista algun día... amen. Gracias Petr. Julio César
Anonymous
12 years ago
It looks like a secret base behind the fogs of the unknown mountains ...
Anonymous
12 years ago
It looks as a peaceful place... and should be one. Congratulations for so beautiful perspective!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Composition is superb - just cries out Soviet State! Stunning piece of photography.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Fantastic shot! Thanks, Petr. For the first time in six years I want to change my desktop 'wallpaper' :)
Anonymous
12 years ago
Might be one of the best pictures on a.net!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Amazing shot!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Thank you Petr for this picture really of another time !!!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
There's an NDB antenna on the control tower. On nice days it must be good to sit on that chair on the towers' balcony.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great Shot Peter!
Russia Wpered!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Definitely 5 stars from Georgie P. Greece!!!
Fantastic to see turbofans using such rwys, in so dangerous and challenging at the same time locations!!!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
The greatest pic on a.net
Anonymous
12 years ago
I agreee the visitor from France, it's really a picture of another time. The romantic side of the aviation world
Anonymous
12 years ago
This picture is simply remarkable. I would like to go back there now and see how much the area has change.
Anonymous
12 years ago
WOW... This one look like National Geographic photos from expeditions in Karakoram and Pamir and the 80's. Just look at the colours+feel... Well, I expect to see it in many future books "Aviation in the 80's" etc etc

Congats!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
'This picture is simply remarkable. I would like to go back there now and see how much the area has change.'

No more snow due to Global Warming :-)
Anonymous
12 years ago
Love it!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Supper!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Look likes seven years in Tibet:-) Very Nice!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
This is an airport! Not like full sercice, and ILS from all side, and approch, and tower, and ground and I don`t know what! This place look good to lern to fly!!! SUPER!
Anonymous
12 years ago
> I would like to go back... and see
> how much the area has changed
Most likely not much :(
Anonymous
12 years ago
Looks great place
Anonymous
12 years ago
S'wonderful!
Fear that another paradise lost.
Thanks Petr for sharing this moment with us.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Great, romantic shot!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Very nice
Anonymous
12 years ago
If I am not wrong these peaks are more than 7 km high
Anonymous
12 years ago
Just suberb. probably the shortest control tower in
the universe.
excellent work.
thanks for not adding the watermark.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Just impressing!
Anonymous
12 years ago
One of the best pictures I have ever seen on airliners.net! Wonderful!
Anonymous
12 years ago
WOW! What are the go around options at this airport???? does that Yak even have reverse thrust??? amazing!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Just incredible! Beutiful picture!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Khorog: 37°29'12.22"N 71°32'59.43"E look in google earth. good photo and pilots
Anonymous
12 years ago
I remember USSR. I am crying. Thay were great professionals
Anonymous
11 years ago
Outstanding photo! Never been to Tajikistan, but spent lots of time in Uzbekistan...flying in the Yak-40 and the An-24! Great airplanes!
Anonymous
11 years ago
At a loss of words to describe this shot. Never seen anything like this.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love this shot. I know it' sbeen up for a while now but I just keep coming back to it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
You really don't want to miss the runway approach... not the best place for a go-around.
Simply superb photo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Awesome!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Buisness airport?=P 5 stars
Anonymous
11 years ago
SUPERB!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
A wonderful, yet almost surealistic view. It's almost hard to know what to think about when looking at this.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Thank you for the excellent photo. It the most difficulties place for pilots to get this airport. Indeed the best place in the world – Pamir. The peak Somoni ( former Kommunizm) – 7 km 495 m.
Thank you very much for your photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
Cool!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
This place is unbelievable. It looks like someplace out of a James Bond movie!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I don't what to write. This photo is incredibly beautiful. Thanks, Petr!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow: remote place, remote times... recalls scenes from 80's action movies (Rambo, James Bond or something)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Impressive mountains, I can imagine that this airfield has one of the hardest approaches in the world. Respect for the Aeroflot pilots who managed to bring their Yak 40s in there.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I can almost see bruce lee clearing through the towers front window... i love to discover crazy little airports like this one!
Anonymous
10 years ago
There is a nice smell of old time in this picture.
Congratulations !
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is TRUE aviation!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb
Anonymous
10 years ago
Check the "tower". tnx for this pic ;)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Wonderful picture! The beauty of the scenery, the tower... people walking on the strip... a feeling of magic.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It's unbelievable! More than Indiana Jones :) !!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
The film especially transmits spirit of that time.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Impressive! This photo has great atmosphere
Anonymous
9 years ago
It is probably somewhere in Kirgizia, so may be not too old picture. The planes are pretty old, but those Yakovlev 40 are just good. i've been in airports like this. Picture looks so real. Thanks.
Anonymous
8 years ago
A wonderful photo of one of the most remote airfields in the world. The mountains in the back simply amaze me....as do the fact that pilots can operate jet aircraft in and out of the place. Great catch!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Excellent photo! If only there were more like this one around here. Everything about it is very cool to see, one of a.net's best!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very nice composition! And a great impression of the former 'Wild East' ;)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great Picture. I love seeing old pictures from the USSR. All this one needs is an old dog sleeping near the tower.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I love this picture, something about old jets and mountain flying....beautiful nostalgic picture!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Terrific Tajik landscape. This photo is a mix of my two passions: soviet aircraft and high mountains. I simply love it! 5* and thank you very much for sharing!
Anonymous
8 years ago
It gives a very good idea of the smallness of the airport and the airplanes in the middle of the mountains.
Anonymous
7 years ago
To visitor from USA: I bet there is a an ol' dog hiding in a shadow somwhere behind the tower!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice foto!!! 5 stars!
Anonymous
6 years ago
5 stars ... simply the best pic on a.net!!! - David
Anonymous
6 years ago
I love old photos, before digital
Anonymous
6 years ago
The picture Yak-42 and Yak-40 (from left to right). Beautiful photo! Nostalgy!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Nice shot! There's not Yak-42. Both is Yak-40.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Excellente!

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