The Central Air Force Museum of the VVS at Monino is the most endangered museum you will ever find. I am not sure what I can accomplish with this article, but I feel the world of AvGeek-dom needs to be warned. Since the collapse of the USSR, the Central Aviation Museum of the Russian Air Force at the Monino Officer’s Academy has been severely underfunded. Worse so since the officer’s academy closed in 2010. Well, not technically closed. It has been moved to an area closer to Chkalovsky Air Base, merged with the old Zhukovsky school, and become the Zhukovsky-Gagarin Air Force Academy.
Either way, the VVS has now said that they want to close the museum and move it to the mega museum complex way out of Moscow at Kubinka Air Force base. They want to close down Monino in July, and this cannot happen! Why? Well….
The persistent rumor is that if the move to Kubinka happens, the “big stuff” will not be coming along. Worse, the big stuff will be scrapped. Terrible on its own, of course, but most of these large aircraft have extreme historical value.
It’s hard to really compare Monino to any other air museum, probably because it is so much better than the competition. Instead of parking their supersonic bomber right in the middle of a cramped hangar, making it impossible to photograph, there is no annoying roof forcing you to shoot at higher than appreciated ISO.
Monino is the most complete collection of Soviet and Russian aviation history. I don’t think many westerners understand just how bad this museum disappearing would be for the world of aviation history. Just look at what the world would lose!
Like Ekranoplan sub hunters that could vertically take off and land!
Pretty much everything at Monino is either a one-off, a prototype, or the last of its kind. I have no idea how to save Monino, but maybe someone does. I am just getting the word out. This must not happen!
Of course, if you read the Russian press things may not be hopeless. The town of Monino is annoyed at the VVS for threatening to take their tourist attraction, and the VVS itself seems to be backpedaling a bit on the whole “destroy Monino” thing. Who knows what this actually means.
My Russian friends and those who love aircraft like this; stop Morino from potential demise! Please share any ideas/thoughts in the comments!