Aircraft for Russian leaders
• Aircraft for Russian leaders
Among all the Russian leaders Vladimir Putin - the most devoted fan of aviation. Apart from the Kremlin "board number 1," and government helicopters, he managed trikes, fighters and even the supersonic strategic bomber.
Stalin was afraid to fly. He twice sat in the plane, when departed from Baku at a conference in Tehran and back. Remarkably, he refused all Soviet planes and chose C-47 Douglas Skytrain American production.
The first official visit to the United States Nikita Khrushchev made the giant long-range airliner Tu-114, which was based on a strategic bomber Tu-95. Landing on the basis of the Joint Andrews, the Americans could not find a mobile ladder high enough for such an aircraft. Khrushchev and the Soviet delegation had to descend the ladder fire truck.
The most preferred airplane Khrushchev was a four-engine airliner Il-18. He liked the idea that even if the two engines out of service, the aircraft has always been two additional. He obviously did not know that the failure of both engines on the same side almost inevitably lead to disaster, even if the other two continue to work properly.
Leonid Brezhnev was not a fan of flying, but never refused to fly on your favorite Il-62M, where the Soviet leader liked to play dominoes. Today this type of aircraft is no longer used for passenger transport. The world's only leader who still flies on the IL-62, it is Kim Jong-un.
In the year before he was elected the first president of Russia in 1991, Boris Yeltsin could have been killed in an air crash. During an informal visit to Spain, a six-seater aircraft in which he was, made a hard landing in the airport of Barcelona, literally falling on the runway. Yeltsin was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery on the spine.
In contrast to Putin, who likes aircraft produced in Russia, Dmitry Medvedev prefers foreign aircraft. He actively uses the Italian AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopter, the French Dassault Falcon 7X and Airbus ACJ319 corporate jet.
Vladimir Putin - Russia's only (if not global) leader, who experienced almost all types of aircraft. For example, in 2000, during the second Chechen war, he piloted the Su-27 fighter as the second pilot from Krasnodar to Grozny, the Chechen capital.
In 2005, Vladimir Putin flew in a supersonic strategic bomber Tu-160.
The Russian president is no stranger to such an unusual aircraft as a glider. However, according to Putin, fly a fighter plane is much easier.
Although Vladimir Putin can choose between eight aircraft and two helicopters, he usually chooses 96-300PU IL-equipped dining room, showers, rest rooms for VIP-guests and even a gym.