Monday, 21 May 2018

Baltic Bash 2 18th - 21st May 2018 - Days 3 and 4

No need for an overly early start so we got up in time for brekkie at the hotel. Certianly not the best I've had but I have had worse.

First port of call today was a bit of pioneering. One hangar, one inmate, one squinny clear out.

Adamova (YL) 20-05-18
YL-YLZ Jabiru J170UL

An Infanty School has a MiG-17 guarding it. Too far from the gate for a photo and behind some trees anyway.

Aluksne (YL) 20-05-18
(-)/80 red Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 Russian Air Force

Over the border for another new country. Hello Estonia.

Very friendly at Ridali with the ok to have a wander round the drome. Plenty of stored Blaniks and Wilgas up for grabs. Get in. One word of warning here is that the local mossies are greedy little buggers and hang around the car park waiting for fresh meat. They had a buffett today.

Ridali (ES) 20-05-18
D-KBCR Valentin Taifun 17E
D-KBCR Taifun Ridali 20-05-18
ES-1000 LAK LAK-12 Lietuva
ES-1001 LAK LAK-12 Lietuva
ES-1002 LAK LAK-12 Lietuva
ES-1004 PZL-Bielsko SZD-48
ES-1005/EV PZL-Bielsko SZD-48
ES-1005 SZD-48 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-1006 PZL-Bielsko SZD-48
ES-1009 PZL-Bielsko SZD-48
ES-1010 Schleicher ASW-15
ES-1015/T78 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1016 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1017 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1018 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1019 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1019 L-13 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-1020 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1021 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1025 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-1602 PZL-Bielsko SZD-30
ES-2005 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-2006 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-2009 PZL-Bielsko SZD-42
ES-5075 Scheibe SF-25C
ES-5075 SF-25 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-5423/L33 LET L-33 Solo
ES-5423 L-33 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-5832 PZL-Bielsko SZD-50
(ES-RAB) PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga - cn checked 107370
ES-RAC PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga
ES-RAC PZL-104 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-RAF PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga
ES-RAF PZL-104 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-RID Socata MS.894A
ES-TAC PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga
ES-TAD PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga
ES-TAD PZL-104 Ridali 20-05-18
ES-VLE Dyn'Aero MCR-4S
ES-VLE MCR-4 Ridali 20-05-18
F-CFKI/T59 Grob G103
LY-RID/BC Glider
LY-RID Glider Ridali 20-05-18
YL-CCZ Cessna 172N
YL-CCZ C172 Ridali 20-05-18
-/KL Glider
-/T50 Glider

Next up another cracking museum. The set up here is what the Lutwick Museum will be inspired by when I win the lottery.

Tartu-Eesti Lennundusmuuseum (ES) 20-05-18 (€10)
HW-326 British Aerospace Hawk Finnish Air Force
HW-326 Hawk Tartu 20-5-18
99+91 McDonnell-Douglas F-4F Phantom II German Air Force
9991 F-4 Tartu 20-5-18
MM6507 Lockheed F-104 G Starfighter Italian Air Force
MM6507 F-104 Tartu 20-5-18
9011 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF Polish Air Force
9011 MiG-21 Tartu 20-5-18
(0615) Mil Mi-2RL Polish Air Force - cn checked 510615018
0615 Mi-2 Polish AF Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
1234 PZL-Mielec TS-11 Iskra  Polish Air Force
1234 TS-11 Tartu 20-5-18
3212 Sukhoi Su-22M-4 Polish Air Force
3212 SU-22 Tartu 20-5-18
XZ994/O British Aerospace Harrier GR3 Royal Air Force
XZ994 O Harrier Tartu 20-5-18
(N02050740)/25 blue Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25RBS Russian Air Force
N02050740 25 red MiG-25 Tartu 20-5-18
511611090 Mil Mi-2 Russian Air Force -  cn checked 511611090
511611090 Mi-2 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
(0743)/52 blue Yakovlev Yak-28P Russian Air Force
52blue Yak-28 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
32571 SAAB Lansen J32E Swedish Air Force
32571 J32 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
35541 SAAB Draken J35J Swedish Air Force
35541 J35 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
37429 SAAB Viggen JA-37DI Swedish Air Force
37429 JA-37 Tartu 20-5-18
R-2112 Dassault Mirage IIIRS Swiss Air Force
R-2112 Mirage III Tartu 20-5-18
36 blue Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros Ukraine Air Force
36blue L-39 Ukraine AF Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
32 blue Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD Ukraine Air Force
32 MiG-23 Tartu 20-5-18
39 red Sukhoi Su-24 Ukraine Air Force
39 SU-24 Tartu 20-5-18
ES-1003 LAK LAK-12 Lietuva
ES-1003 LAK-12 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-1024 LET L-13 Blanik
ES-BAB AN-2 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-HRJ Robinson R22 Beta
ES-HRJ R22 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-JPL SAN Jodel DR.1050
ES-JPL Jodel Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-LTA Tupolev Tu-134A-3
ES-LTA TU-134 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-PLY LET L-410 Estonian Border Guard
ES-PLY Let-410 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-PMA Mil Mi-8PS Estonian Border Guard - also marked 976 (East German)
ES-PMA Mi-8 Tartu 20-5-18
(ES-RAD) PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga - marked 50 blue
ES-RAD as 50bl PZL-104 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
(ES-TAB) PZL-Okecie 104 Wilga - under restoration
ES-TAB PZL-104 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
ES-ULM Aeroprakt A.22 Vision
ES-ULM A22 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
HA-MCQ Kamov Ka-26
HA-MCQ KA-26 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
LY-XRR Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin LY-XRR L-29 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
OK-AIP LET Z-37A Cmelak
OK-AIP Z-37 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
UR-87590 Yakovlev Yak-40K
UR-87590 Yak-40 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18
YL-LEB AN-2 Tartu-Museum 20-05-18

There was an empty space and a board saying that a Schweizer 269 should be here. It wasn't today.

A few clicks away is the main drome. Gated so all those listed were on the ramp bar the
AC680 which looks like it may be a GIA.

Tartu (ES) 20-05-18
ES-5075 Scheibe SF-25C
ES-ACO Aero Commander 680FL
ES-ECF Cessna 172R
ES-ECG Reims-Cessna F.172L
ES-ECH Cessna 172P
ES-EPA Piper PA-31
ES-VCW Cessna 172M
SE-LMC Socata TB-9
SP-FPL Cessna T.206H
SP-FPM Partenavia P.68

Just an AN-2 at Nurmsi. A para club, no hangar.

Nurmsi (ES) 20-05-18
SP-NLK AN-2 Nurmsi 20-05-18

One hangar at Viljandi and a warm Estonian welcome. Clear out.

Viljandi (ES) 20-05-18
ES-1501/IF PZL-Bielsko SZD-36A - stored on office roof
ES-2001 LET L-13 Blanik - stored on office roof
ES-1501 SZD-36 ES-2001 L-13 Viljandi 20-05-18
ES-7110 Aerotechnik L-13SE - cn checked 870207
ES-7110 L-13 Viljandi 20-05-18
ES-UCA Ikarus Comco C-42
ES-UCA C42 Viljandi 20-05-18
ES-UCB Ikarus Comco C-42
ES-UCB C42 Viljandi 20-05-18
ES-UFM Urban Air UFM-13

A bit of distance to the next stop so we halved it and overnighted in Torva at the Hotel de Tolly. It was the only hotel around that offered a restaurant which is why we chose it. It transpires the restaurant closed a few months ago but they still advertise it. Naughty naughty. A walk into town found everywhere closed bar a supermarket. A cold buffet on the terrace it is then!


At least there was a breakfast though it pretty much resembled last nights dinner.

First up was the Border Guard Museum. The Mi-8 was easily visible from outside so we didn't bother going in.

Valga-Border Guard Museum (ES) 21-05-18
ES-PMD Mil Mi-8T Estonian Border Guard
ES-PMD Mi-8 Valga 21-05-18

That's all for Estonia. Tallinn was just too far for the time we had on this trip. Maybe we'll have a weekend there when Wizz start from Luton later this year. Back to Lativa, sorry, Latvia.

Cesis has two sides, one old, one new. The old side was all shut up with nobody around. A bit of squinnying eeked out a few though there were more in there. The new side had a blister hangar with 3 Cessnas inside. The pretty lady let us have a look but photos were a no no.

Cesis (YL) 21-05-18
239 LET L-13 Blanik Latvian Air Force
D-6358 Schleicher Ka.7
YL-6109 LAK LAK-12
YL-ALU Glider
YL-CAD Cessna 172H
YL-CCO Reims-Cessna FR.172E
YL-CCW Cessna 172F
YL-GAW PZL-Okecie 101A Gawron
YL-LEO AN-2 Cesis 21-05-18
YL-SKR Reims-Cessna F.172H
YL-TEJ Jabiru J450

The old chap at Limbazi wasn't permitted to give access but got his boss on the phone who was only too happy to grant it. After that he opened up the AN-2 and was insistent we got in for a look. Cat finally got in an AN-2 but not a flying one. One day Gatto, one day.

Limbazi (YL) 21-05-18
D-ENAL Reims-Cessna F.152
D-ENAL F152 Limbazi 21-05-18
YL-655 LAK LAK-12
YL-670 LAK LAK-12
YL-670 LAK-12 Limbazi 21-05-18
YL-CCK Piper PA-28
YL-CCK PA-28 Limbazi 21-05-18
YL-DBN LET L-13M Blanik
YL-LEF WSK-PZL An-2R - old reg CCCP-19734 visible
YL-LEF AN-2 Limbazi 21-05-18
+ an unmarked Blanik front section
Unmarked L-13 Limbazi 21-05-18

Adazhi has one main hangar and lots of smaller singlet hangars. The ok to look in the main one but only a couple of the singlets were open.

Adazhi (YL) 21-05-18
EC-CTF Reims-Cessna FR.172J
G-BTZO Socata TB-20
HA-SKU Piper PA-28 
LY-RIO Flyitalia MD-3
LY-RIO MD-3 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-ABU Hi-Max Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-CCR Aeroprakt A.22 
YL-CCR A22 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-CCT Airmax SeaMax P.22
YL-CPL Piper PA-28
YL-CPL PA-28 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-IOO Bristell ULRG
YL-MAL Best Off Skyranger
YL-OOI Pelegrin Tarragon
YL-OOI Tarragon Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-ORO Chernov Che-22
YL-ORO Che-22 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-PLY Aeroprakt A.22 
YL-PLY A22 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-RVB Van's RV-8A
YL-RVB RV-8 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-RVS Van's RV-8A
YL-RVS RV-8 Adazhi 21-05-18
YL-ZUR Zenair CH.601
YL-ZUR CH601 Adazhi 21-05-18

Time to drop off the car with Ernie and try to clear our last couple of Air Baltics.

Riga-Skulte (YL) 21-05-18
9H-LZM Gulfstream G650
9H-LZM Gulf 650 Riga-Skulte 21-05-18
9H-MCM Cessna 550S Citation S
C-FYLD IAI Astra 1125SPX
C-FYLD Astra Riga-Skulte 21-05-18 EI-FPG Canadari Regional Jet 900NG SAS Scandinavian Airlines
OH-ATM Aerospatiale ATR-72 Nordic Regional Airlines
OH-STS Diamond DA42 Twin Star
OO-TFC Boeing 757 ASL Airlines Belgium
OO-TNO Boeing 737 ASL Airlines Belgium
RA-89108 Sukhoi SSJ-100 Aeroflot Russian Airlines
RA-89108 SSJ Riga-Skulte 21-05-18
SP-SPA Aerospatiale ATR-72 Sprint Air
SP-SPA ATR-72 Sprint Air Riga-Skulte 21-05-18
T7-BBC Raytheon 390 Premier
UR-PSS Boeing 737 Ukraine International Airlines
UR-PSS Boeing 737-8 Ukraine International Riga-Skulte 21-05-18
VP-BVS Boeing 737 VIM Airlines
VQ-BAM Hawker 750
VQ-BAN Hawker 750
VQ-BBP Hawker 750 - ex NJE
VQ-BNL Canadair Regional-Jet 100ER Rusline
YL-BAF de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Air Baltic
YL-BAX de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Air Baltic
YL-CSA Bombardier CS-300 Air Baltic
YL-CSC Bombardier CS-300 Air Baltic
YL-CSC CS300 Riga 21-05-18
(2201108) Mil Mi-24A - boom section 

The Mi-24 boom section is in the museum grounds but was seen from the terminal once airside. We could not see this from inside the museum.

Leaving just one Air Baltic outstanding (CSH) it was time for an early flight home. Yet again HA-LYJ was the ride on W62503.

Arriving back about 1815L immigration was chocka. Once cleared it was time for a circuit before post trip drinks and a decent meal in the Wiggy.

Luton 21-05-18
G-UZHF Airbus A320 easyJet
N775E Dassault Falcon 7X
N8998K Bombardier Global 6000 
OE-IZB Airbus A320 easyJet Europe

So another trip done and dusted. 1225kms over the best part of 3 days. As usual some quality frames, banter, beer and company. Cheers youths, be seeing you.