69,700 sq. km
12 pp, 100 x 223 mm, RU*
*also in EN
8 panels (16 pp), 100 x 220 mm, RU
6 panels (12 pp), 110 x 230 mm, SP
Aviareklama, ca. 1973
6 panels (12 pp), 110 x 230 mm, EN
Сухуми - Sukhumi
Double folded postcard from Sukhumi airport. On the cover, the airport terminal with Tu-134s, an Il-86 and a luggage label. The backside shows the airport interior.
1987 - 100,000
Timetable 1 March until 31 December 1990
Full page from the 'Soviet Abkhazia' newspaper presenting all scheduled flights from Sukhumi airport, incl. the all-union, transit and local flights.
Тбилиси - Tbilisi
valid from 1 June until 10 November 1960
2-page timetable for Tbilisi airport. Aircraft in use are An-2, Li-2, Il-14 and Tu-104 A & B.
booklet 'Theatrical Life' 15 July - 15 August 1960
68 pp, 144 x 220 mm, GO-RU
Tbilisi, 1960 - 5,200
4 panels (8 pp), 139 x 200 mm, EN
Aviareklama, ca. 1979
4 panels (8 pp), 140 x 200 mm, EN
52 pp, 116 x 215 mm, SP
Aircraft Monuments - Авиапамятники
Ilyushin 18V CCCP-75744 - Gagra
Built in 1961, this Il-18 first flew with the Polar division, transferred to Vnukovo in 1968 and in 1977 to the Krasnoyarsk CAD where it ended its career in March 1983 after flying 39,929 hours and 14,272 landings. The wings were dismantled at Adler airport and transported by road to Gagra where it was preserved near the Hotel 'Abkhazia' from 1983. The plan for a children's cafe or cinema never came to fruition but children played in the cabin and around the plane and it became a popular family photo opportunity. In 1988? the interior caught fire and overall condition deteriorated over time, then came the war...and by 2008 the plane had disappeared, sold for scrap. Coordinates: 43.277915, 40.265801
Lapel pin in memory of Nadezhda Kurchenko
Nadezhda Kurchenko, 19-year old Aeroflot stewardess from the Sukhum Aviation Group, who died on 15 October 1970 during a plane hijacking, 3 months before her planned wedding. That day, An-24 CCCP-46256 took off with 46 passengers and 5 crew from Batumi airport at 12:30 as flight N244 on route to Sukhumi and Krasnodar. A few minutes after take-off, at 800m altittude, Lithuanian hijackers, father and son Brazinskas, armed with guns fire at the crew, killing the stewardess and injuring the captain Georgy Chakhrakia, navigator Valery Fadeyev and flight engineer Hovhannes Babayan. The hijackers order the crew to fly to Trabzon, Turkey. Here they surrender and get arrested. The crew, getting medical treatment, and passengers return a day later to the USSR on a military plane. The body of Nadezhda Kurchenko is flown back on another flight and she's buried in a central park in Sukhumi, which to this day bears her name. The two hijackers were released after less than 2 years in prison and resettled in Santa Monica, USA with new names, Frank and Albert White. In 2002 the 45-year old son kills his 77 year old father and get sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The bullet-holed An-24 was flown to ARZ 410 in Kiev for repair and returned afterwards to service with the Sukhumi Aviation Group until 1979, when it was transferred to Samarkand where it ended its career in 1997 in the colours of Uzbekistan Airways.
After 20 years, at the request of her mother, Nadezhda was reburied in Glazov, Udmurtia. During the war in 1992-93, the monument to commemorate Nadezhda Kurchenko, erected in the park in Sukhumi, was shot. It was restored in 2010, and reinstalled but during a hurricane in 2013 a tree fell on it. It will be restored again.