MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
For students of the Samara Technical School of Aviation and Industrial Engineering named after V.I. DI. Kozlova conducted an excursion at the Kryazh airfield of the Samara branch of CSKA.
The honored coach of Russia, coach of the Russian national helicopter team, head of the Aeroclub of the Samara branch of CSKA, Colonel Aleksey Khramenkov, told the children about the history of the airfield.
The excursion began with a visit to a small exposition, which contains unique documents and photographs of the most striking episodes in the history of the flying club. Here students learned about how the airfield was used during the Great Patriotic War and how it is connected with the conquest of space. For the majority it was a discovery that at different times six cosmonauts visited the Kryazh airfield and the site was seriously preparing for the meeting of the first cosmonaut of the USSR and the world, Yuri Gagarin.
The guests also learned about how the Aeroclub lives today and how helicopter and parachuting sports are developing in Russia. Alexey Khramenkov demonstrated the flight crew’s lounge and spoke about the army helicopter pilots, who for many years have been world leaders at Russian and international championships, replenishing the Army Club’s piggy bank with medals and setting new records.
Then the guys moved to the open area of the airfield, where they got acquainted with the Mi-2 training helicopter, which the pilots lovingly call a “workhorse”. It is on these machines that the athletes of the army club win all competitions of the world and continental level, remaining the absolute leaders in helicopter sports.
The head of the Aeroclub’s search and rescue and parachute service, Oleg Perepelkin, invited the guests to try out the paratroopers’ harness on themselves, and showed them training techniques for practicing the elements of the jump on the ground. The bravest ones made their own jump, albeit from a meter height, but into the open doorway of the helicopter … And there are such simulators at the Aeroclub site. Leaving the airfield, the guys thanked the guide for the most interesting meeting.
Such excursions for children, schoolchildren and students are held regularly. The students of the aviation technical school are morally prepared people, but the smallest ones also come, for whom we are opening the world of flying sports for the first time. After these meetings, the guys begin to dream of the sky and decide on their future professions, and for the army, this is the biggest award.
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