Aviation Photo #1351223 Beriev Be-12P Chaika - Avialesookhrana

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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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    Richard Vandervord
    Avialesookhrana
    Beriev Be-12P Chaika
    Beriev Be-12/14 Chaika
    Beriev Be-12/14 Chaika
    Beriev
    8601004
    RA-00041
    Irkutsk-2 - Vostochny
    Russia
    June 2001
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Comments (21)

Anonymous
8 years ago
Stunning, very nicely captured.
Spencer Wilmot.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Good.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Thnx Richard, great stuff.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Just screams "Russia"... nice job!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very nice indeed - especially with the reflections. I love those Beriev
Anonymous
8 years ago
I love how you captured the reflection of this Russian beauty.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Neat looking plane weird looking nose
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wonderful composition and colours great detail.....well done
Anonymous
8 years ago
Beautiful plane. I am a big fan of the Be-12. Notice the amount of exhaust soot on the vertical stabilizer!
Anonymous
8 years ago
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.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing aircraft, like all Russian ones.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Amazing aircraft. The colors, and the fact that it flies since the soviet times is simply amazing.
Ilike the reflect in the water.
Iv
Anonymous
8 years ago
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.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It reminds me so much of a sitting pelican...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Well, this photo is excellent not just because the fantastic angle but also because of the reflection in the puddle! Good work!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Russian aviation is by far the best in the world!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awesome Shot! I like the reflection on the puddle!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The Quasimodo of the airplanes
Anonymous
5 years ago
What a mean machine..
Anonymous
5 years ago
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.
Anonymous
4 years ago
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]

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