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Restoration program of “Bort Tyurikov” will be adjusted

The restoration program for the legendary Bort Tyurikov, which was evacuated from the Taimyr tundra in 2016–2017, will be adjusted. This became known following an assessment of the progress of restoration work in Novosibirsk by a delegation that included Igor Spiridenko, chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society, Alexander Matveev, head of the commission for the preservation of historical memory, and Vyacheslav Filippov, a well-known aviation historian.

Restoration of the aircraft C-47 DL “Douglas” (USSR L-1204) since December last year conducted by specialists of the Novosibirsk company “Helicopter” in a special hangar on the territory of the airfield Mochishche. Restoration work is carried out strictly according to the schedule, but objective reasons force us to change plans.

According to the results of the work of our commission, the Douglas restoration program was adjusted taking into account the malfunctions of systems, units and motors identified during a detailed examination, as well as the rise in the cost of parts and the difficulties encountered in the delivery of original materials from abroad. As a result, it was decided to focus the main work now on the restoration of the forward fuselage, pilot and cargo cabins. The paint schemes for the aircraft and the interior were agreed upon in accordance with the historical period at the time the aircraft arrived in the USSR. Technical documentation has been handed over to help Novosibirsk restorers in their work. In general, the work is progressing according to the schedule. I would like to say a big thank you for the active participation in the project to the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Alexander Viktorovich Uss, as well as the Rosneft company and personally Igor Ivanovich Sechin for financial support in the restoration of the aircraft– said the chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society Igor Spiridenko.

Currently, work is underway to restore the center section, landing gear, engines and attachments. The Krasnoyarsk delegation noted the high quality of the restoration of the fuselage parts and interior of the cabins, which were practically made from scratch, since the original parts were lost or badly damaged during the accident.

The study of the aircraft engines showed that one of them is suitable for use only as a non-separable model due to severe internal damage by swamp water. All non-restorable parts of the aircraft and engines have been carefully preserved and are planned to be included in the museum composition.

Separately, we note the excellent condition of the Mochishche airfield itself, the hangars and the technical base of the Helicopter company as a worthy continuation of the traditions of the Soviet air fleet. We made sure that the restoration is carried out by true professionals in their field with the maximum preservation of the historical appearance of the aircraft– said Vyacheslav Filippov, a member of the Krasnoyarsk delegation.

The project “Board of Tyurikov. Return” is a large-scale international expedition to evacuate the unique Douglas C-47 aircraft from the Taimyr tundra, which during the Great Patriotic War was flown along the Alsib highway to the USSR from the USA as part of the Lend-Lease program. In 1947, the Douglas made an emergency landing in the north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, 180 kilometers north of the village of Volochanka. Crew commander Maxim Tyurikov managed to save all the people on board. Tyurikov himself and part of the crew went for help and died tragically. The people who remained at the plane survived for three weeks in the harsh conditions of the Far North and waited for help.

There were no analogues of such an operation in the history of Russia. Igor Spiridenko, chairman of the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society, supervised the evacuation work. As a result of the coordinated actions of the expedition members, the aircraft itself was evacuated to Krasnoyarsk in 2016, and its wings a year later. In December 2021 “Douglas” C-47 DL (USSR L-1204) moved from Krasnoyarsk to Novosibirsk for restoration. Now it is in a special hangar on the territory of the Mochische airfield. It is assumed that the full recovery the legendary car will take about two years, after which the Tyurikov Board will return to Krasnoyarsk. The Krasnoyarsk regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society will help Novosibirsk colleagues throughout the entire period of restoration work.

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