Soviet Airliners in the 21st Century - how things change! The once vast Aeroflot fleet with its universal livery has gone, replaced by a seemingly never-ending stream of new companies and new colors.
For several years now, Frank Manke at Skybird Video has been filming at airports in Russia and Eastern Europe. We've used the best of his material, featuring only Soviet airliners, to create this fascinating program.
From purposeful freighters like the IL76, and the IL18 and AN12 veteran propliners, to airliners like the IL62 and TU134, Soviet designs have a character all their own. In recent years, they've also acquired some exotic color schemes, often not seen outside eastern Europe.
Filmed at Moscow's major airports, plus Dresden, Bratislava and Sharjah, this is a great record of the sight and sounds of some superb airliners, as they take on new roles on the 21st Century.
The video is in DVD NTSC format. Running time is 65 minutes.