Mary meets us at the plane, simultaneously soothing the many local guards — mongrels of all possible kinds and sizes. The watchman turned out to be friendly — carefully sniffing and accompanied by correspondents to the crooked ladder in the back of the plane, the dog’s escort ran away to bask in the sun.
“I go once a week,” she said, ” an hour and a half on the road: to Berdsk on the bus, and transplanted by taxi. However, in the cold hard work — the plane is frozen and snow around a lot. I in December have arrived yet realized the full shoes helped. Then we sat, toes squeezed”. The aircraft door locked at the usual padlocks: the first hangs at the entrance to the salon, the second, more impressive, save the cockpit.
Inside the plane do significantly colder than on the street, sometimes you have to get out to warm up. -7 outside, but numb hands and feet becomes easier.
“I became interested in planes because of the numerous trips — says Masha. — I flew a lot, heard enough horror stories about creaky planes that will fall apart and look. I was wondering how it’s all arranged.”
Five years ago, Maria learned that the Berd flying club has a decommissioned Tu-104A. “I arrived and asked to see what’s inside,” she recalls. “Carcass” was in poor condition — almost all the appliances are ripped out, wires cut connoisseurs precious metals, inside desolation reigned.
“I suggested the club to rebuild — says the girl, — my first idea were skeptical, but eventually chuckle stopped”. Since 2009, Masha brings or brings devices, bit by bit restoring the cabin.
“I’m handling only a cabin,” she says, “searching the details through the Internet — I give, sell something”. To tell you how much all of these altimeters and radios gidratatini girl did not, so as not to tempt potential thieves.
“Why should I? Yes, just wondering, — Masha smiles. I know that in order to fully restore the car, it takes many years and millions of rubles. But I do not make long-term plans! T is a specific task, for example, to restore the cab — it and I do.” While sponsors are not looking for the girl, said he did not want too much responsibility for other people’s money.
However the dream that one day, her plane will rise into the air, the girl leaves. However, the current flight readiness “carcass” Masha estimated at a sad 0 %. “T’s almost nothing t now, no wiring, no motors, sadly she reports. — With the visible part of the cockpit we finished at 60 percent, but it’s a drop in the bucket for a flight”. Maria proudly showed working ailerons: shook the wheel, and plates on the wings obediently, though with a terrible squeak, began to move.
To actually make the plane Museum, said the girl. Even now visitors to the airport and they ask to see it. “You sit behind the wheel, taking pictures as they out the window waving, laughs Maria. — Whole families come. In General, children should be more interesting for all, but brighter eyes glow from dad”.
The question was not if she had ideas to do inside a club or cafe, Maria judiciously said that it was not and would not have happened in any case — many of the materials of the cabin are easy to burn. Masha periodically to help — her boyfriend, friends, even the head of the Institute once again brought heavy equipment. From 2010 to the “carcass” connected aircraft Vladimir Chebotkov, and 2 years ago the pilot of a small aircraft Ilya Aksarin.
This Tu-104A has been t for 36 years after he was written off, the management of the airport has made to “Tolmachevo” the plane was distilled , although instead of concrete runway dirt on which to sit actually is not necessary. Inside first did a training class for glider pilots, and then made a parachute warehouse. And in the 90s completely abandoned.
Maria does not know how to fly a plane, but plans to learn after I’m done the important thing — in a month she will defend her doctoral dissertation. To learn she’ll be on small planes — she understands that self-manage “carcass” she hardly meant to be. In Novosibirsk aviation club DOSAAF told that to own a plane like the monument is open to any individual, but to obtain the necessary documents will be very difficult — all the details have already exhausted their resources, and the model is long out of service.
“Fly on big planes are taught in specialized centers, — explains the head of the aviation club Sergey Smetanin. — Teach on a specific model. On the Tu-104 already specialists left. However, you can try to master the Tu-16 on the basis of which was designed “104th”, they still fly”. Mr. Smetanin said that to fly with Berd airport “carcass” can’t — too short “runway”. “We need, or carry it somew, or strip to lengthen,” he explains.
Tu-104 — the first Soviet jet passenger plane. Operated from 1956 to 1979, during which time 201 created plane. Crew — 7 people, the number of passengers from 50 to 100, the maximum speed of 951 km/h, has a range of 2750 km, the Tu-104A is a 70-seat modification, the company has built 80 of these machines. According to the world of the flight safety Foundation (USA), in accidents and disasters were 18 % of the Tu-104. This is the worst rate among all Soviet aircraft.