On Thursday 24 August we first visited Kubinka airbase, the location of most interest to all of us. At Kubinka we found a large static of all the branches of the military. The fences were put a bit too close to the aircraft, but it was possible to make a decent shot of most with a bit of effort. Our personal translator, which we hire for every Russia trip, was also of great help to ask the guards for a little help to take better pictures, moving signs etc. We knew that there would be no flying on this day, but were lucky with a Mi-8 and Ka-226 visitor. Also a T-50 was towed from the hangar to the flightline (and departed later in the day). In the early afternoon we took a free shuttle bus to Patriot Park.
The heart of Patriot Park is a collection of four big halls with a large outdoor area, where you can have a close look at all the Russian technical advances. Also displayed there were dozens of tanks and other military vehicles, some military helicopters and a couple of preserved aircraft. Just around the corner is the Park Patriot museum with about a dozen halls filled with historic tanks and armoured vehicles and outside about 25 military aircraft in excellent condition and also perfect to photograph or have a close-up look.
A fifteen minute bus ride south-east will take you to the Alabino shooting range. During the day you will hear continuous thunderous noises of tanks and other military equipment trying to hit the targets on the range. On most days a Mi-35 Hind and Ka-52 will also show off their capabilities.
Free shuttle busses run regularly between the different locations and waiting time is not very long. If you take the bus 5 to Kubinka railway station and then 5A you will end up at the airbase again. There our personal coach picked us up at 17:30 for the ride back to town.