The photos were taken by Comdig Urban Exploration Group. They are photographers and explorers based in Russia. The Comdig has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.
The Ilyushin Il-76 was a multi-purpose four-engine turbofan strategic airlifter designed by the Soviet Union’s Ilyushin design bureau. It was first planned as a commercial freighter in 1967, as a replacement for the Antonov An-12.
The workshop was closed many years ago. In rare cases, aircraft tests were sometimes carried out there. Such aircraft tests were very important for an airplane. Before the aircraft takes off for the first time, the expected loads of different operating situations were tested in the stand. The aim was to know exactly how the aircraft structure will behave in different situations.
The first aircraft were delivered to the Soviet Air Force in June 1974. Next it became the main Soviet strategic transport aircraft. From 1976 it was operated by Aeroflot. Military and civil operators in 38 countries have operated 850+ Il-76 in large numbers. While Russia is the largest military operator of the Il-76, followed by Ukraine and India.
Inside the workshop was a center for obtaining data on the results of the aircraft tests. There was also a mock-up of the IL-96 300 made of wood. Designed for handling layout ergonomics and refining drawings. At the moment, all aircraft and equipment are covered with centimeter layers of dust.
Expert on Urban Planning and Abandoned Places
|Mr. Gregory Hooqe is a highly experienced expert on Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. Mr. Gregory Hooqe has been focusing on Urban Development since 2000 and has written extensively on the subject.|
He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Korean Smart Cities, as well as the 2016 Korea Development Institute, Global Ambassador Award for SD and Innovation