Where I flew our old “IL-18″?
Moscow-Magadan, Moscow-Norilsk, Moscow-Khatanga, from Moscow to Cape Schmidt, and even Sochi, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Batumi, Barnaul – this is not the whole list of cities in which happened to be the plane, later turned into a monument, and for many decades Nikolaev has landed in front of the international bus station.
The idea to establish naval and air decommissioned ships as small architectural forms appeared in the Soviet Union at the beginning of approximately 70s. They looked pretty decent, also solved two problems: what to do with decommissioned equipment (while scrap was cheap, and does not pay for disposal costs) and how to successfully organize the urban space? In addition, old equipment was used as museums, cinemas, children’s cafes, restaurants, and sometimes – the centers for training of pilots and astronauts.
How to write a professional pilot Civil Aviation Vasily Yershov, when the team entered the decommissioning of hundreds of aircraft “IL-18″, the people who were supposed to perform and report back, the hand did not rise immediately cut the entire armada.
“I do not believe, – said the pilot – that several hundred more serviceable aircraft here then you can erase from life. The thing is, rotten, shameful thing, all the brake. Aircraft shove the corners, secretly hoping that up there, still come to their senses that life will show that last more and ordered to stop the carnage. Some aircraft were placed in the form of monuments in public squares, parks, embellishing, in the other a children’s theater and a cafe. Fashion this went to a handsome ship graced life of citizens. “
In Nikolayev were two air handsome and one – the river. Aircraft “IL-18″, outstretched wings, froze the market “Kolos” (opposite bus station) and to the left of the sports school “Hope”. A hydrofoil installed on the prospect of shipbuilders in the ship’s location, in the direction of the plant “Ocean”.
The fate of the unusual monuments
Benefit people respectable car brought even retired. On the plane the “Colossus” in the mid-’70s was a children’s cinema. Later, it turned into a cafe “Carlson”, which pleased the children of Nicholas came with their parents.
Watched cartoons local children and ex-board ship in October, in the cinema “Albatross”.
Find a different purpose, in addition to the decoration of the urban environment, the conqueror of air spaces at the sports school “Hope” and do not have time: came the restructuring.
In independent Ukraine is something that is not profitable, sidelined, and in the maintenance of these facilities for a long time did not find. Abandoned aircraft at the “Hope” began to dismantle the metal hunters. A dilapidated, he was a danger to children playing near. Airplane recycled. Movies should be removed “Albatross”.
People who grew up in the era of the Soviet Union, note that this society is not won. “Now,” Hope “will once lucrative object but Nikolaev will only lose because the design of ships and aircraft brings up” – so says the editor of the “New Newspaper Nikolaev” Yuri Itskovsky.
Whatever it was, but the plane had “Kolos” remained. In the late ’90s to privatize private person. Rumor has it that the aircraft was purchased at the price of scrap metal, and counted as employed are not declared on the “facility for children”, but on land, which the deputies of the City Council had to provide for maintenance of machinery. But, obviously, it has not provided until now.
Note that the owner of the aircraft it built trailer, which hired workers perform certain construction activities. Perhaps this was the reason that the owner of the air handsome, hiding behind political motives, refused to give any information to the Internet newspaper “Bully” concerning the acquisition of the technology. And in order to teach it all kinds of curious inquiries about his plane, the man jammed the foresight of the model aircraft and its tail number is usually located on the tail.
16 years in the skies and 33 – on the ground
From accidentally detected message Design Bureau Ilyushin who designed ‘our’ plane, we learned the date of its release (30 November 1962), the original name (the USSR-75844) and, most importantly, the serial number (182 005 304). The report also said that it was the first prototype of the “IL-18B-26A” on the basis of which then made “IL-18D.” From the construction of the aircraft assigned to the Moscow territorial department of civil aviation (MTU CAF), Vnukovo Airport. Summer, mainly on long-haul routes: Moscow-Magadan, Moscow, Norilsk, Khatanga Moscow, Moscow-Cape Schmidt, Moscow Cherskiy.
In 1969 he transferred to Domodedovo software and converted into a regular “IL-18B.” After this summer in Sochi, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Batumi, Barnaul, Novokuznetsk, and much much more. Decommissioned in March 1978. Since that 1978 is located in a park in the city of Nikolayev, used as a restaurant.
Specific data about the plane and brought to the cause of its write-off. The State Archive of Tomsk Region is stored order of the commander of the Tomsk Aviation Squadron ZSU Obdalova “On damage the IL-18 number 75 844″ on January 3, 1973
It notes that at four o’clock in the night January 2, 1973 on the platform of special vehicles Tomsk MP-300 was damaged aircraft “IL-18» № 75844 for failure to observe the rules of safe entrance.
Aircraft E.V. Lapin, who led the entrance to the MP-300 aircraft for heating the passenger cabin, could not resist a safe distance between vehicles and aircraft, resulting in a collision, and the plane was damaged lining hermetic fuselage between 9 and 10 shpangoutom. In the document says that the case of damage to the aircraft at the time the case of parts, and they testify about the “lack of preventive work in the services.”
For an incident that occurred with the future Nikolaev aircraft, aviation equipment negligent Lapin suspended from office for three months and was demoted to the mechanic. Donated and other “participants of the event”: from one part of the salary withheld, others made a severe reprimand and ordered to immediately eliminate the shortcomings in the organization of work.
And meanwhile, sent a plane to attain the age “to the citizen”. So happened, “IL-18″ held in the sky half that stood on the ground. But here, once proud conqueror of the air element not found the proper respect: airline workers irresponsible replaced altogether indifferent owner. The cockpit lacks a glass, paint with the surface of the aircraft practically disappeared, and the room, apparently used as a barn …
This year Nikolaev be 51 aircraft per year.