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Picture of the Beriev Be-12P Chaika aircraft

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RA-00041 (cn 8601004) At the Irkutsk Aviation Repair Plant 403 factory airfield with a pool of rainwater to put this extraordinary amphibian in an appropriate setting. Named 'Stoyki' and one of four converted for forest fire fighting duties. Most of the type's production run of about 140 went to the Soviet Navy
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A visitor from - posted Thu June 7, 2012:
I agree 100% with the last comment(visitor from United States - Sun November 13, 2011) ... especially when it says: "bizarre appearance while ruggedly handsome". 5/5* [Mrvsk]

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 13, 2011:
This photo definitely deserves 5 Stars, but saying exactly why is much harder. Sure, the reflection is very sharp, the lighting and angle both excellent. But the plane is bizarre-looking while also ruggedly handsome. Other than that and the high-quality photograph, it defies description. Very interesting.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu March 24, 2011:
What a mean machine..

A visitor from Mexico posted Sat October 17, 2009:
The Quasimodo of the airplanes

A visitor from - posted Sun August 9, 2009:
Awesome Shot! I like the reflection on the puddle!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri May 15, 2009:
Russian aviation is by far the best in the world!

A visitor from - posted Sun May 3, 2009:
Well, this photo is excellent not just because the fantastic angle but also because of the reflection in the puddle! Good work!

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 16, 2009:
It reminds me so much of a sitting pelican...

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 15, 2008:
A photo so good it almost makes this Be-12 look pretty!

Just kidding. It's a plain that genuinely looks as rugged as it is.

A visitor from Peru posted Wed May 7, 2008:
Amazing aircraft. The colors, and the fact that it flies since the soviet times is simply amazing.
Ilike the reflect in the water.
Iv

A visitor from Peru posted Wed May 7, 2008:
Amazing aircraft, like all Russian ones.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 4, 2008:
The blackened vertical stabilizer? Surely from the exhaust, but the pilot may have had her a bit low over a few fires too! I'd love to see "Stoyki" in action.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri May 2, 2008:
Beautiful plane. I am a big fan of the Be-12. Notice the amount of exhaust soot on the vertical stabilizer!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri May 2, 2008:
Wonderful composition and colours great detail.....well done

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 2, 2008:
Neat looking plane weird looking nose

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 2, 2008:
I love how you captured the reflection of this Russian beauty.

A visitor from Austria posted Fri May 2, 2008:
Very nice indeed - especially with the reflections. I love those Beriev

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 1, 2008:
Just screams "Russia"... nice job!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu May 1, 2008:
Thnx Richard, great stuff.

A visitor from Spain posted Thu May 1, 2008:
Good.

A visitor from Sweden posted Thu May 1, 2008:
Stunning, very nicely captured.
Spencer Wilmot.

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