Russian Air Show Features Uzbek-Built Aircraft

by Laurence on 8/23/2005 · 2 comments

This year’s MAKS 2005, Russia’s annual air show, featured planes built in Uzbekistan at the Tashkent Aviation Production Association named after Chkalov (TAPOiCh), UzReport announced.

President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin participated in the opening ceremony, and noted high level of the technology presented at the show. Russian president personally chose to examine two models: perspective Russian model – Clipper space shuttle, and new military avia-laboratory IL-114, assembled at TAPOiCh.

Good technology is never left unnoticed. Thus, Tashkent aircraft building enterprise signed agreement with Volga-Dnepr Company on supply of two IL-76TD-90VDs, and an option on supply of another 15 models. On the second day of the exhibition, contracts were signed on supply of two IL-76TD-90VDs to Azerbaijan and two IL-76MFs to Jordan. Negotiations are carried on with partners from China and India on supply of a large consignment of aircrafts assembled in Tashkent.

Who knew Russia was building a space shuttle?

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elambend August 23, 2005 at 7:47 pm

You mean a second space shuttle. Don’t forget a the Buran.

Alex Parkhomenko August 24, 2005 at 12:02 am

I have seen Buran yesterday in the Central amusement park in Moscow. No engines, no electronics, but it was THAT Buran.

Very sad, but this is an echo from Soviet era — “Do it whatever it costs!”…

Russia is building Clipper for almost two years now. Normal routine, no rush… I hope this one wouldn’t be installed in an amusement park just after the first flight.

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