President Vladimir Putin on board.
"V. Chkalov" has lost its engines, corporate identity and name. Due to some severe airframe corrosion (as was told by an informed person) RA-96005 was not intended to resume operation with another... (more)
Post V MAD Open day - so rare to see now.
Photo taken from the ground. Flight CUB2461 VKO-FCO-HAV. 2400mm + Pentax K-5.
Can't believe they are gone. Not too long ago, they used to be regulars on Sunday mornings at LHR.
One of five IL's departing just after Vladimir Putin left the G20.