Aviation Photo #6914323 Ilyushin Il-62MK - Russia - Air Force

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2022: IL-62 is still going strong! As for me, it’s still hard to believe that I managed to catch “Classic” here in Sochi during my six-day business trip. It’s like winning a casino jackpot. I’ll try to explain my feelings: firstly, it is basically the first and the only photograph of an Air Force IL-62 in the database. So, this type is really rare here. Secondly, Sochi has probably some of the most picturesque locations for aviation photography because of its mountains — it would be hard to imagine a better place. And thirdly, it was absolutely impossible to gain any information about its departure. I was riding a taxi not far from the airport, when I accidentally noticed the Ilyushin on the apron. The decision came to me instantly, so, I spent the next five hours waiting and hoping that the plane would even leave that day, and would do so before sunset. As the day wore on, the clouds covered the sky and I could not see any sign of an imminent departure. Finally, after 5 hours of waiting and hoping the aircraft began a start-up procedure. There was still about 40 minutes to go before sunset, and the sky (oh, miracle!) began to clear. And then it finally departed! So, I hope now you will be able to realize my feelings at that moment :) And now I invite you to take a look at the final result of my little adventure and enjoy one of the world's most graceful aircrafts!
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Photo Added: July 04, 2022

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68   Russia
1 month ago
2022: IL-62 is still going strong!

As for me, it’s still hard to believe that I managed to catch “Classic” here in Sochi during my six-day business trip. It’s like winning a casino jackpot. I’ll try to explain my feelings: firstly, it is basically the first and the only photograph of an Air Force IL-62 in the database. So, this type is really rare here. Secondly, Sochi has probably some of the most picturesque locations for aviation photography because of its mountains — it would be hard to imagine a better place. And thirdly, it was absolutely impossible to gain any information about its departure. I was riding a taxi not far from the airport, when I accidentally noticed the Ilyushin on the apron. The decision came to me instantly, so, I spent the next five hours waiting and hoping, that the plane would even leave that day, and would do so before sunset. As the day wore on, the clouds covered the sky and I could not see any sign of an imminent departure. Finally, after 5 hours of waiting and hoping, the aircraft began a start-up procedure. There were still about 40 minutes to go before sunset, and the sky (oh, miracle!) began to clear. And then it finally departed!

So, I hope now you will be able to realize my feelings at that moment :)

And now I invite you to take a look at the final result of my little adventure and enjoy one of the world's most graceful aircrafts!
Colorado, USA
1 month ago
An absolutely beautiful shot, Artyom. The IL-62 is such an amazing looking bird.
66   Brazil
1 month ago
Absolutely fantastic photo and your words make it even better! I'm so glad you could catch this beauty and all your waiting was worth it!
114   Mexico
1 month ago
What a description! Knowing this makes the photo x10 better. It feels like a thousand things lined up and you were rewarded for your quick thinking and patience. I feel this is a general subject with government and military aircraft, which makes capturing them even better. I can sort of relate with the 727s operated by the Mexican Police, just that this is waaaay cooler and rarer. More often, I feel like that one and only cloud in the sky gets in the way when we are waiting for that one aircraft... haha
886   Cyprus
1 month ago
I’m really glad that you got a shot of this beauty!!!:) Regards from Cyprus;))
Stelios Ioannou
1 month ago
Of the “Classics”, this airplane was one of the most beautiful of all.
359   India
1 month ago
Beautiful photograph!
2.6K   Spain
1 month ago
What a gorgeous machine!
35   France
1 month ago
Flying soldiers to Ukraine to fight their ugly war on a free country?

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