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Zhukovsky and Gromov

From 1993 - 2005, we offered jet flights which took place at Zhukovsky Air Base outside Moscow. Flights are now offered at the Sokol Aircraft Factory in Nizhny Novgorod.

Zhukovsky - a small town located 35 km southeast of Moscow - has been important for Russian aviation throughout the last 50 years. The town is named for Nikolai Zhukovsky - the renowned scientist known as the father of Russian aviation.

All of the key aviation research centers in Russia are located at Zhukovsky. One of them is the Gromov Flight Research Institute (known by its Russian acronym "LII"), with whom Incredible Adventures has worked closely since October 1993. Established in 1941, the Institute has made significant contributions to the improvement of combat aircraft performance as well as the development and testing of new and updated aircraft.

Currently, LII is regarded as the premier test center for aviation engineering research in Russia. By conducting flight tests on planes, helicopters, flying test-beds and models - in addition to participating in factory and State testing - the Flight Research Institute plays in integral role in solving the numerous problems which face new aircraft and aviation equipment development. (For example, the great deal of flight testing performed at LII made it possible for the Ilyushin Design Bureau to construct an air tanker IL-78 which is capable of refueling all types of in-flight aircraft.)

The Institute has a large and unique airfield capable of testing every type of aircraft available in Russia. The airfield has three concrete runways, one of which is the longest in Europe. This particular runway is 120 meters wide, 5.4 km in length and has no weight limitations. (It was on this runway that the carrier aircraft "Mriya" achieved a successful take-off and landing while "carrying" the Buran orbiter at a total weight of 600 metric tons!)

The airfield boasts an aerial flight test zone of 400 x 100 km. The Automated Air Traffic Control System, which includes aerodrome and surveillance radars (PAR), communication (COM) and radio navigation airs (NDB, ILS, MLS), serves to reliably control day or night flights with a high level of safety under virtually all meteorological conditions. The system is augmented by trajectory measurement as well as a real time experimental data processing system.

Throughout your visit at the Base, you will be able to see some of Russia's - and the world's - most famous high performance aircraft: the MiG-21, MiG-23, the high speed record holder MiG-25 as well as the internationally acclaimed MiG-29 and Su-27. There is also an extensive array of transport aircraft at the Base, including the Il-76, Il-86 and the "Russian Concorde" - the Tu-144. In addition, you may see helicopters such as the Mi-2, Mi-8, Mi-24, KA-32, the world famous "Hind" Ka-50 and the world's largest helicopter, the Mi-26.

While merely visiting this historic and formerly "closed" (Top Secret) Base could be considered an exceptional experience - one which would have been unthinkable even a few years ago - you are about to have the extraordinary opportunity of actually flying there in the company of some of the world's most respected test pilots. You'll be flying internationally acclaimed high performance aircraft at the Base which has long been the heart of Russian aviation. We at Incredible Adventures are proud to offer you this unforgettable experience. May all of your flying dreams come true!

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