Russian built aircraft are still not very common in Western Europe. Therefor we went to Russia to visit the 11th Mezhdunarodnyj aviatsionno-kosmicheskij salon (International Aviation and Space Show), or MAKS as we know it in August 2011.
Early morning, 17 August 2011, 24 people were waiting impatiently at Schiphol to check-in for flight LH2996, to Moscow, via Hamburg. The nationalities of the participants was varying a lot again. The majority was Dutch, but also two Belgians, two US-citizens and a British guy joined. In Moscow, two Danes would join the group. In the days to come we would visit MAKS / International Aviation and Space Salon at the airport of Zhukovsky, near Moscow. Furthermore a number of other aviation related destinations were scheduled. On arrival at the airport of Domodedovo, a touring car was waiting to bring us to the four star hotel Milan. Just outside the terminal building we were able to witness that chaotic traffic, which would haunt us during the tour (but is normal for the city of Moscow). Checking in at the hotel went smoothly and a number of participants headed for the Red Square by metro, to have a look at some characteristic buildings and landmarks.