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. 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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  1. It was one of the better air museums for sure!

  2. klipdrifters says:

    This is q rather unique muesuem. It’s great that you manage to get so close and you captured some awesome shots! Always interesting to learn the history behind these jets.

  3. I love the open air aspect of this museum. Especially with the added bonus of the base next door and the airshow overhead! That helicopter looks crazy!

  4. They are slowly growing on me!! I’d love to go to Goa one day- if you do a post please let me know !

  5. Vyjay Rao says:

    Always fascinated by planes and aviation museums. Would love to visit this place. The post reminds me of a recent trip to Goa where we visited the Naval aviation museum. Shall come up with a post on that soon.

  6. This is so cool! I’m crazy about war planes 🙂 Had a great time visiting some museums in Vietnam but this one looks so much fun!

  7. Yea…And its not like Western museums. Security is almost non-existant so your free to walk up and touch / examine closer anything you like!

  8. Feel free to tell them all about it 😛 I just can’t believe it gets off the ground!

  9. Kevin Wagar says:

    What a cool place! All those planes and jets would be awesome to experience up close!

  10. Mar Pages says:

    Wow I know many people who would love this! I would’ve thought the The Mil V-12 was a plane, its so big.

  11. Thats why I find Russia and Eastern Europe (and Asia to a certain extent) soooo interesting. An entirely different way of viewing history that we are not taught in New Zealand and alot of the Western world.

  12. Right up there with the Smithsonian in D.C for sure!

  13. Chris says:

    This is my kind of place! I’ve always been a history nut, and the world wars (and Cold War) has always been high on the interest list.

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Heather says:

    Old plane museums are really interesting. This one looks to be no exception.