The story of the Yak-28

Nõukogude vägede poolt maha jäetud JAK-28 lennukid ja nende haruldased radarid.

Yak-28 aircraft and their rare radars left behind by the Soviet forces.

During the early 1990s the Soviet forces withdrawing from Pärnu aerodrome left behind two completely intact but fuel-depleted Yak-28 aircraft. Soviet officers forbade their soldiers from tearing the planes apart, but unfortunately the locals stripped them instead. Local aficionados contacted the Aviation Museum, sending them photos of what remained of an aircraft, which nature was already reclaiming. The Aviation Museum managed to obtain the Yak-28 and, with support from Enterprise Estonia, engineers from Estonian Air restored it in 2009 so as to put it on display. It is remarkable that of the few surviving technical components of the aircraft, one was the interception radar in the nose cone, which is known to be the largest radar ever mounted on Soviet aircraft.


Storyteller: Mati Meos
Used sources and references:

Intervjuu 29.10.20, Mati Meos, Lennundusmuuseumi juhataja

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Estonian Aviation Museum

This museum is situated in the village of Lange and covers 10 hectares. It was officially opened in 2002. Its goal is to preserve aviation history related to Estonia and to showcase and promote aviation.

Its main partners are the Estonian Aviation Academy, the Estonian Air Force, the Border Guard Aviation Group and the Estonian War Museum. 

The exhibition displays five helicopters and 33 planes, including anti-aircraft missiles. Most of these rare exhibits date from the Cold War era. The museum has a fine collection of aircraft and missiles, with over 600 exhibits.

The Aviation Museum holds an annual aviation-themed event on the second weekend in June.