The Ultimate Guide To Exploring The Central Air Force Museum in Monino, Russia!

   

If you’re in Moscow and looking for somewhere a bit different to spend the day, escape the crowds or just venture from the city centre then the Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino is definitely worth a trip.

Or perhaps you’re more like me, somewhat of an aviation fanatic, where the opportunity to see these monolithic aircraft is an opportunity of a lifetime not to be missed. Like this imposing Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’…

Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino


How To Get To The Russian Central Air Force Museum In Monino! –  Rusting Airpower of the USSR

 

The Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino is about 40km east of Moscow. Also known as the Russian Federation Air Force Museum, it is the largest in Russia and the best air museum in all of the ex-Soviet Union. Sorry, Riga Aviation Museum… 

It’s collection features over 170 aircraft, including conventional planes, helicopters, gliders, and some unusual flying machines. Try counting the stars, you’ll be here all day…

Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino

The Central air force museum in Monino consists of one main building where there is information on the history of Russian aviation (though mostly only in Russian) and an indoor hangar featuring a number of WW2 fighter aircraft. Outside however is an enormous open air area where hundreds of post WW2 aircraft are stored which have to be the museums main attraction.

Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino

Many of the aircraft on display were top secret during and even after the Cold War.

Known only by their NATO code names, these aircraft were at the cutting edge of design and aeronautical experimentation of the time. A couple of aircraft on display at the Central air force museum in Monino are still types that are in active service.

Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino

The Soviet’s Concord, the Tu-144 ‘Concordski’, still wearing the hammer & sickle

Along with military aircraft there is also a few civilian aircraft on display, one of particular note the Tupolev 144. Not many people realise that it was actually the Soviet’s who built & flew the world’s first first supersonic airliner….they snuck in 2 months ahead of the Concorde

Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino

The Mil V-12, the largest helicopter ever built! The museum not only houses planes but a large number of helicopters too.

From attack to transport they’re just as impressive. Greeting you at the gate you can’t miss the Mil V-12, it’s size is dwarfing and its longer than a Boeing 737. It’s almost unbelievable that this thing got of the ground with its strange design features, but it did and still holds records to this day.


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Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino

The museum is located next door to an active Air Force Base so you may be lucky enough to see some of the current inventory of the Russian airforce buzzing overhead. Fighter jets and transports leaving their dark streaks across the sky, on the day I was there there were probably 7 or more circling around every few minutes or so. Not many museums provide a free airshow along with the ticket!

Russian Central Air Force Museum at Monino


A place with a difference and plenty of history. The Central Air Force museum in Monino is the only place in the world you can see some of these machines. To visit the Monino air force museum simply head to Moscow’s Yaroslavskaya railway station (Russian: Яросла́вский вокза́л, Yaroslavsky vokzal) and ask for a return ticket to Monino (Russian: Мо́нино). Its about 1.5 hours each way, leaving hourly and costs roughly $6 USD return. When you get off  the train  just follow the signs for the Monino air force museum where the entry ticket is around $5 USD and if you need it the GPS is 55°49′58.05″N 38°11′02.41″E. Have fun!
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