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Aviation museum

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Hidden : 02/14/2009
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is located at RIX (Riga International Airport) territory right beside the main terminal and dedicated not only for geocachers but also for those who likes impressive aircrafts. Owner is informed. Entrance fee is required.

The history of he museum dates back to 1956, when a Mr. Tsander established the Young Pilots’ Club (YPC). The organizational work was done by a young aviation engineer, Victor Talpa, who worked for the Latvian Civil Aviation administration. The Young Pilots’ Club was meant to provide professional training for aspiring pilots, and was sponsored by the Latvian Civil Aviation administration. Starting at age 14, students studied aviation theory and airport procedures, worked in the airport, and underwent physical and rudimentary military training including parachuting. The young pilots were trained on the An-2, Tu-134, and Tu-154. The Ministry of Defense granted the Club a used Mig-21US that was rebuilt by the students. Thus, the collection started. Later, thanks to good contacts within the military, the quantity of aircraft grew considerably. It includes some rare military airplanes and helicopters. Subsequently, two more YPC schools were started in the Latvian cities of Liepaja and Ventspils, and graduates of the school enjoyed an enviable reputation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, financing ceased. There was also a problem of equipment storage. The Riga Airport administration decided to help and provided space. From 1998 to 1999 the club’s equipment was moved to its new spaces. The founder and permanent director of the museum is Victor Talpa. He graduated from Irkutsk Military Aviation College in 1962 and served in the naval aviation of the Black Sea Navy. Later he worked as an aircraft engineer with Aeroflot and at the same time was the head of the Young Pilots’ Club. If you interested, museum staff will gladly show you around and explain the exhibits with enthusiasm! /This information is taken from museum homepage./
This museum is just grounded on enthusiasm of some individuals this cache is also an option for everyone to visit it and see all this unique aircrafts. Visiting this cache you are also helping these guys to maintain this superb collection because you should pay an entrance fee, which is ca. 5€ for locals and ca. 7€ for NON-locals, but if you like such impressive aircrafts than this worth such money. Don't forget to grab your cameras with you!
The one of the peculiar exhibit is giant MI-6, but you could check more details about all collection at the following link: http://aviamuseum.org/EN/index.html
NB! Please also keep in mind that entrance fee is because museum is not sponsored by anybody! Guys are just volunteers and enthusiasts who care about it!
Museum is opened almost all weekdays from 9-18 o'clock. Tel.: (+371) 26862707
Be careful with car parking right beside museum entrance due to parking there is forbidden and MIGs (Man In Green a.k.a. Police) likes to visit here times by times, so parking here is like Russian roulette!

Cache consist of logbook, pencil and sharpener, small toy and FTF badge for first finder. The first finder or fastest MI-6 founder was: vimba_zlobnaja

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[ENG] ZV-6 nve vagnxre

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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