How could they possibly exhibit this junk?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Buran's painted side
In an earlier post, Houston gets robbed, I mentioned the sorry state of disrepair the Russian shuttle fleet had fallen into. EnglishRussia, in their post The Greatest Failure of MAKS-2011 reports that the Buran had been put on display at some sort of air show.

It was not a success. The Buran was not restored, rather a coat of paint was slapped on it, with even missing tiles and scorch marks simply painted over. Worse, as the photo below shows, they only painted one side of the Buran, leaving the other in its dilapidated state. Oh, and the plywood rudder is a nice touch.

Spectators were not impressed, with one quoted as saying, "How could they possibly exhibit this junk?" At the EnglishRussia link above there is more commentary, as well as many more pictures -- including shots of the stripped cabin, the missing windows and nose assemblage, the decaying wings and many other details.

The other side of the Buran
The plywood rudder

3 comments:

OMMAG said...

They could probably sell it on E-bay!!

ambisinistral said...

No kidding. If only my 'Get Rich Quick' scheme of winning the lottery had came to fruition I could have bought myself one of these ol' Rooskie shuttles when it was on E-Bay.

Picture it sitting in my front yard next to my giant twirling statue of the Turkmenbashi. Man, would my neighbors be jealous or what?

jimmy jam said...

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