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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Eerie pictures show abandoned tanks, fighter jets and warships rotting away

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Rows upon rows of tanks, the last Soviet-made locomotive and a one-of-a-kind invention are among the rusting objects captured in eerie images of abandoned military equipment from around the world.

At first glance, these boats, tanks and aeroplanes appear to be lined up and ready for action, but in reality they have been left to rot. 

Photographer and history fanatic, Dmitry Osadchy, from St Petersburg, has trekked through swamps, forests and deserts in more than 50 countries to reach closely guarded facilities the public never usually sees.

The 38-year-old uses a drone to capture his aerial images and has travelled the world tracking down abandoned military aircraft and vehicles from his native Russia to the UAE since buying his first drone five years ago. 

RUSSIA: This Lun-class ekranoplan, dubbed the 'Caspian Sea Monster', was discovered by the USA during the Cold War and dragged onto the beach in Derbent in July 2020. The colossal piece of machinery is 301-feet long, with a wingspan of 123 feet, and weighs an estimated 380,000kg

RUSSIA: This Lun-class ekranoplan, dubbed the 'Caspian Sea Monster', was discovered by the USA during the Cold War and dragged onto the beach in Derbent in July 2020. The colossal piece of machinery is 301-feet long, with a wingspan of 123 feet, and weighs an estimated 380,000kg

RUSSIA: This Lun-class ekranoplan, dubbed the ‘Caspian Sea Monster’, was discovered by the USA during the Cold War and dragged onto the beach in Derbent in July 2020. The colossal piece of machinery is 301-feet long, with a wingspan of 123 feet, and weighs an estimated 380,000kg

RUSSIA: Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks gradually being reclaimed by nature at an armored repair plant in the Leningrad oblast. These entered service in 1979 as the main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Soviet Union. The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Korea

RUSSIA: Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks gradually being reclaimed by nature at an armored repair plant in the Leningrad oblast. These entered service in 1979 as the main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Soviet Union. The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Korea

RUSSIA: Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks gradually being reclaimed by nature at an armored repair plant in the Leningrad oblast. These entered service in 1979 as the main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Soviet Union. The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Korea

UAE: The Lockheed Tristar L-1011, wide-body passenger trijet airliner Osadchy describes as 'possibly the coolest abandoned aircraft I have ever seen'. This abandoned example can be found in the vast Rub al-Khali desert in the UAE and is part of the collection of the Emirates National Auto Museum

UAE: The Lockheed Tristar L-1011, wide-body passenger trijet airliner Osadchy describes as 'possibly the coolest abandoned aircraft I have ever seen'. This abandoned example can be found in the vast Rub al-Khali desert in the UAE and is part of the collection of the Emirates National Auto Museum

UAE: The Lockheed Tristar L-1011, wide-body passenger trijet airliner Osadchy describes as ‘possibly the coolest abandoned aircraft I have ever seen’. This abandoned example can be found in the vast Rub al-Khali desert in the UAE and is part of the collection of the Emirates National Auto Museum 

‘I started to shoot mostly ships, then sunken ships. Then I realised that I was interested in shooting abandoned equipment,’ he said.    

‘Almost all of the equipment is not very accessible. You have to go to distant lands and then often walk through forests, swamps or deserts – even then it’s still pretty far for the drone to fly,’ Osadchy explained, adding that the facilities ‘are also usually closed or closely guarded’. 

Among rows and rows of tanks and abandoned planes, Osadchy has photographed what he called ‘the last and most beautiful Soviet locomotive’ – the P36, which was nicknamed ‘General’.

RUSSIA: A Beriev Be-6 amphibious aircraft is pictured in the Murmansk region. The planes operated from 1949 until the late 1960s in Russia and China. Primarily for maritime reconnaissance and patrol, the aircraft were also involved in torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations

RUSSIA: A Beriev Be-6 amphibious aircraft is pictured in the Murmansk region. The planes operated from 1949 until the late 1960s in Russia and China. Primarily for maritime reconnaissance and patrol, the aircraft were also involved in torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations

RUSSIA: A Beriev Be-6 amphibious aircraft is pictured in the Murmansk region. The planes operated from 1949 until the late 1960s in Russia and China. Primarily for maritime reconnaissance and patrol, the aircraft were also involved in torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations

RUSSIA: Decommissioned helicopters and planes are seen going rusty on the territory of a military airfield at Leningrad Oblast

RUSSIA: Decommissioned helicopters and planes are seen going rusty on the territory of a military airfield at Leningrad Oblast

RUSSIA: Decommissioned helicopters and planes are seen going rusty on the territory of a military airfield at Leningrad Oblast

RUSSIA: On the right is what Osadchy calls 'the last and most beautiful Soviet locomotive' rusting at the Lebyazhye Railway Museum and Krasnaya Gorka Fort in Leningrad Oblast. Nicknamed the 'General' because of the distinctive red strip down its side, the P36 was a Soviet passenger train, 251 of which were built between 1950 and 1956

RUSSIA: On the right is what Osadchy calls 'the last and most beautiful Soviet locomotive' rusting at the Lebyazhye Railway Museum and Krasnaya Gorka Fort in Leningrad Oblast. Nicknamed the 'General' because of the distinctive red strip down its side, the P36 was a Soviet passenger train, 251 of which were built between 1950 and 1956

RUSSIA: On the right is what Osadchy calls ‘the last and most beautiful Soviet locomotive’ rusting at the Lebyazhye Railway Museum and Krasnaya Gorka Fort in Leningrad Oblast. Nicknamed the ‘General’ because of the distinctive red strip down its side, the P36 was a Soviet passenger train, 251 of which were built between 1950 and 1956

Another interesting find was a lun-class ekranoplan, which was designed to transport troops and equipment quickly over bodies of water. Only one was ever built.

Pondering what it is that appeals to him about the rusting machinery, he said: ‘I like to look at them. It’s hard to explain but in this decay there is some kind of indescribable beauty that cannot be found anywhere else.

‘That is why I am attracted to abandoned places. It’s the spirit of history and the unknown.’

RUSSIA: Rows of disintegrating helicopters at a 'helicopter cemetery' at an aircraft repair plant in Leningrad Oblast

RUSSIA: Rows of disintegrating helicopters at a 'helicopter cemetery' at an aircraft repair plant in Leningrad Oblast

RUSSIA: Rows of disintegrating helicopters at a ‘helicopter cemetery’ at an aircraft repair plant in Leningrad Oblast

RUSSIA: A flooded rusty torpedo retriever has been in the waters near Kronstadt for years, Osadchy said
RUSSIA: The same boat is seen frozen into the ice off Kronstadt
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RUSSIA: A flooded rusty torpedo retriever has been in the waters near Kronstadt for years, Osadchy said. The same boat is pictured frozen into the ice in winter

RUSSIA: 'Dozen of helicopters and two wingless An-2 carcasses are going rusty in the dense forest of the Leningrad Region,' Osadchy wrote on Instagram

RUSSIA: 'Dozen of helicopters and two wingless An-2 carcasses are going rusty in the dense forest of the Leningrad Region,' Osadchy wrote on Instagram

RUSSIA: ‘Dozen of helicopters and two wingless An-2 carcasses are going rusty in the dense forest of the Leningrad Region,’ Osadchy wrote on Instagram

RUSSIA: The Lun-class ekranoplan was an experimental ground effect vehicle which was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s. It is classified as a ship by the International Maritime Organisation, but actually forms a distinct technological group. The craft was designed to hover between one and five metres above the surface of the water using the aerodynamic principle of 'ground effect'. The machine began operating in the landlocked sea between Iran and the Soviet Union in 1966, earning its nickname as the 'Caspian Sea Monster'

RUSSIA: The Lun-class ekranoplan was an experimental ground effect vehicle which was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s. It is classified as a ship by the International Maritime Organisation, but actually forms a distinct technological group. The craft was designed to hover between one and five metres above the surface of the water using the aerodynamic principle of 'ground effect'. The machine began operating in the landlocked sea between Iran and the Soviet Union in 1966, earning its nickname as the 'Caspian Sea Monster'

RUSSIA: The Lun-class ekranoplan was an experimental ground effect vehicle which was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s. It is classified as a ship by the International Maritime Organisation, but actually forms a distinct technological group. The craft was designed to hover between one and five metres above the surface of the water using the aerodynamic principle of ‘ground effect’. The machine began operating in the landlocked sea between Iran and the Soviet Union in 1966, earning its nickname as the ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ 

RUSSIA: A Beriev Be-6 amphibious aircraft is pictured in the Murmansk region. The planes operated from 1949 until the late 1960s in Russia and China. Primarily for maritime reconnaissance and patrol, the aircraft were also involved in torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations

RUSSIA: A Beriev Be-6 amphibious aircraft is pictured in the Murmansk region. The planes operated from 1949 until the late 1960s in Russia and China. Primarily for maritime reconnaissance and patrol, the aircraft were also involved in torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations

RUSSIA: A Beriev Be-6 amphibious aircraft is pictured in the Murmansk region. The planes operated from 1949 until the late 1960s in Russia and China. Primarily for maritime reconnaissance and patrol, the aircraft were also involved in torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations

UAE: The airliner is part of the collection belonging to Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Osadchy wrote on Instagram

UAE: The airliner is part of the collection belonging to Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Osadchy wrote on Instagram

UAE: The airliner is part of the collection belonging to Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Osadchy wrote on Instagram

RUSSIA: Sovremenny Class Destroyer waits to be scrapped near St Petersburg

RUSSIA: Sovremenny Class Destroyer waits to be scrapped near St Petersburg

RUSSIA: Sovremenny Class Destroyer waits to be scrapped near St Petersburg

RUSSIA: The Sovremenny Class Destroyer warship's stern and bow guns have been dismantled, and the gun shafts are covered with boards as it waits to be scrapped

RUSSIA: The Sovremenny Class Destroyer warship's stern and bow guns have been dismantled, and the gun shafts are covered with boards as it waits to be scrapped

RUSSIA: The Sovremenny Class Destroyer warship’s stern and bow guns have been dismantled, and the gun shafts are covered with boards as it waits to be scrapped

RUSSIA: More helicopters rest easy in the forest

RUSSIA: More helicopters rest easy in the forest

RUSSIA: More helicopters rest easy in the forest

RUSSIA: On his Instagram, the photographer often bemoans the amount of money spent on military machinery that is now being left to rust. 'Gold and foreign exchange reserves of Russia,' he captioned this image

RUSSIA: On his Instagram, the photographer often bemoans the amount of money spent on military machinery that is now being left to rust. 'Gold and foreign exchange reserves of Russia,' he captioned this image

RUSSIA: On his Instagram, the photographer often bemoans the amount of money spent on military machinery that is now being left to rust. ‘Gold and foreign exchange reserves of Russia,’ he captioned this image

RUSSIA: A fighter plane lies in the bushes of a semi-abandoned military base not far from St Petersburg

RUSSIA: A fighter plane lies in the bushes of a semi-abandoned military base not far from St Petersburg

RUSSIA: A fighter plane lies in the bushes of a semi-abandoned military base not far from St Petersburg

RUSSIA: Rows and rows of tanks in the Russian snow

RUSSIA: Rows and rows of tanks in the Russian snow

RUSSIA: Rows and rows of tanks in the Russian snow

RUSSIA: An AH-8 military transport aircraft, the site of which 'has become a place of pilgrimage for all drone pilots in [the] St Petersburg and Leningrad Region,' Osadchy wrote

RUSSIA: An AH-8 military transport aircraft, the site of which 'has become a place of pilgrimage for all drone pilots in [the] St Petersburg and Leningrad Region,' Osadchy wrote

RUSSIA: An AH-8 military transport aircraft, the site of which ‘has become a place of pilgrimage for all drone pilots in [the] St Petersburg and Leningrad Region,’ Osadchy wrote

Rows of tanks are seen awaiting repair at what Osadchy describes as 'the largest tank cemetery in the European part of Russia'

Rows of tanks are seen awaiting repair at what Osadchy describes as 'the largest tank cemetery in the European part of Russia'

Rows of tanks are seen awaiting repair at what Osadchy describes as ‘the largest tank cemetery in the European part of Russia’

Source: Daily Mail

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