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Abandoned flight training center near Zaporozhye

Traveling from Dnepropetrovsk to Zaporozhye, it is hard not to pay attention to a complex of abandoned buildings and the old L-29 aircraft, placed at the control-point.

It is a flight training center named after Soviet pilot Alexander Pokryshkin. In Soviet times, it was a strong school, which trained combat pilots for three aviation regiments based in Zaporozhye. However, for more than ten years the place is deserted. Photos by sicheslavets

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The decline began in 1990, when the combat aircraft were transferred to Kazakhstan, leaving here a training school and aircraft repair plant. In independent Ukraine, flight training school operated for several years, but all flights stopped in 1994.

The center was finally closed in 2001. Today only two of the hundreds of training aircraft can take off.

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