PATRIOT PARK - Kubinka / Russian Federation
Update: 2020/05/15 by Robert Kysela / CHK6
For someone interested in Russian military aircraft, today they have the opportunity to visit numerous museums within Russia as well as some of the successor states of the former Soviet Union. For example, there is a very interesting museum in the Ukraine (the OLEG ANTONOV STATE AVIATION MUSEUM in Kiev) while there are also some extensive exhibitions in Belarus, such as the BELARUS AEROSPACE MUSEUM in Minsk. The same applies to Russia of course, however most museums there (that exhibit aircraft) can only partially live up to the claim of being an aviation museum. In most cases, these museums maintain exhibits of aircraft that were previously in service at local air force bases and escaped being sent to the scrap heap by making them accessible to the general public. Therefore, the number of aircraft on display in these museums is kept quite low and manageable where most cases they are standard types such as the Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-17, 19 and 21 and generally not a reason to visit a particular museum specifically (unless one is already in the area and has some time on their hands). An exception to this is the TSENTRAL`NYY MUZEJ WWS – CENTRAL MUSEUM OF THE AIR FORCES in Monino, north-east of Moscow. Here you can find mainly prototypes and unique aircraft, which can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.