AN2 Flight line at Khalaktyrka Field (UHPH), Kamchatka.

In production since 1947, the AN2 is one of the most produced aircraft in history, over 16,000. The AN2 and it’s Wright Cyclone 1832 (now a 1,010 hp Shvetsov ASH-62) are both still in production today in China. Now certificated as the Shijiazhuang Y-5.

Nuclear Submarine Captain

One of many highlights flying across Russia was my visit with Captain Aleksandr Chernolikhov. A Russian Nuclear Submarine Captain, Aleksandr has restored a beautiful Piper Pacer based at a grass strip here in Petropavlosk. A visit to his flat includes an opportunity to handle his vast collection of vintage and modern Russian firearms. One of his other outrageous activities is “Snowmobile Paragliding”!Many thanks to Captain Chernolikhov and the pilots from Mag Aero for hosting me at Petropavlosk.

Air Instructor Tatinana

Check out in a Yak 52 at Khabarovsk’s Kalinka Field (UHHS). Check out was by an aerobatic competitor and flight instructor Tatinana Novikovskaya tragically killed the next day in a Tecnam P2002 with a student. RIP Tatinana….


Vladivostok is the largest city of Primorsky Krai, Russia. The city is located around the Golden Horn Bay on the Sea of Japan

Breakdown in Siberia a problem?

No problem at all with the help of Nika and Vladimir who rebuilt both fuel transfer pumps.

Helpful People

Russia has an abundance of friendly helpful people at their airports.


Beautiful Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

July 19, 2021

Beautiful Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

Oil Change Time

July 18, 2021

Getting an oil change in Novosibirsk, Siberia is no problem with the help of former IIyushin pilot and master mechanic Vladimir.  Even had a case of Aeroshell 15/50W in his trunk.

Sturdy Hanger Space

Sturdy hangar space is currently available at the Eastern Siberia airport “Kalinka” (UHHS). Previous tenant left unexpectedly…— in Khabarovsk, Russia.

Ulan-Ude – Vladimir Lenin

Apparently, they are not tearing down statues over here..— in Ulan-Ude.

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