Central Museum of the Russian Air Force. Unusual.

There are many other exhibits in the museum that can be classified as unique, but which are not located in a hangar with the corresponding name.

It is, of course, clear that each aircraft is unique. Even with, at times, external similarity, everything is quite different and unique. But there were several specimens that are directly different from the bulk of their counterparts. Let’s see them.

Have you forgotten the jet “stool” from the previous report? So, it was she who was the progenitor of the first Soviet vertical take-off aircraft.

True, it was still an experimental aircraft. And in the museum is the first and only one remaining of the two released.

But the next model is quite a production model.

It should have been replaced by a supersonic car,

But she didn’t come – the Soviet Union ended.

There is unverified information that in the early 90s, the Yakovlev Design Bureau, in search of finance, tried to make friends with the American Lockheed Martin, whose specialists visited them as guests and had access to documentation. Nobody knows for sure, but there is an opinion that the American F-35B has something from the Yak-141.

Not exactly the “identical face,” but there is something related.

Naval aviation is so weird. Maybe because it exists at the junction of two unstable structures. Particularly interesting are the few representatives of devices that have mastered both elements – seaplanes.

Even the shape of the wing has a specific nautical name – “seagull”. But it is located extremely poorly for viewing.

On the outskirts of the site is its less fortunate brother, who you can’t really see.

It’s best to look at it in numerous photographs and drawings on the Internet.

At the same time, there is no need to relegate this project to the rank of just an ekranoplan. This hypostasis must be supplemented with the words “and a vertical take-off and landing aircraft.” Its ceiling is set at 10,000 m. And ekranoplanes are only low above the water.

For flights to altitudes almost twice as high, another aircraft was manufactured.

And he needs height in order to shoot down high-altitude balloons. And don’t let Aeroflot’s livery fool you.

When the USA and the USSR promised each other not to launch such probes into foreign territories, the plane served a little for science by studying ozone holes.

The next aircraft would rise even higher – the answer to the American Shuttles and the forerunner of the domestic Burans, which fell under the confluence of tragic events in the industry and the technical complexity of the project.

I never once doubted that he had the nickname “Lapot’ ”.

Pay attention to the chassis of this unit. He’s not the only skier here.

Starting from an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, which has recently become a habit of being loaded with explosives.

Until a series of implementations of the Su-7 from a fully ski version,

through the combined option to

again the norms of the usual standards.

Although, the Yak-130 is like an ordinary plane, but looking at it from the angles that are available in this museum

you begin to understand where the idea of “egg planes” came from.

All that remains is to find out, as in the classic chicken-and-egg question: “What comes first: the Yak-130 or the egg planes?”

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