Putin's brand-new IL-96-300
- or should it be called "Air Force Two"?
Construction of this plane, the equivalent of America's "Air Force One", started in Voronezh several years ago.A Bristol firm "Diamonite Aircraft Furnishings" has won a £10m contract to refurbish the Russian presidential plane.
"All technical information on the closed project is a state secret," Russian NTV Mir television told viewers. Well, now's the time to show you the first leaked-out pictures of the top-secret interior.
Sources: BBC, Hectop, Kommersant
2. Russian Presidential Helicopter
From the same source come these leaked-out pictures of Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter. The interior seems to echo the style of Mr. Putin's jet.
3. Previous Russian Presidential Planes:
"Aeroflot" has six Ilyushin 96 (like the one shown below) in its fleet.
Previous Russian presidential planes included IL-62M:
(Photos from JetPhotos and FlightForum)
and IL-96 (Boris Eltzin's plane) which will stay in service as a backup plane:
It's current price is estimated 300 million dollars (40 million spent on interior only). Photos by Carsten Blumel
Fidel Castro's Presidential Plane
The camaraderie between some political leaders extends quite far:
Castro's new plane Ilyushin Il-96-300 was imported from Russia, and even has the same interior design and upholstery colors (read BBS article)
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