Be-12PL of the Ukraine Navy about to touch-down at its once homebase Saky, the Crimea. 02 Yellow was slightly damaged at this base on 2 July 2008 when the left tyre exploded during the take-off run and the aircraft veered off the runway. The Seagull was ferried to its new homebase Mykolayiv-Kulbakino on 14 April 2014 after the misery started with the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.
A Mi-14PLM (NATO code name HAZE) was present at homebase Saky in mid-2012. The Anti-Surface/Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter can be equipped with a towed magnetic anomaly detector (MAD), sonobuoys, a retractable search radar, and can be armed with a single torpedo, one heavy depth bomb or eight depth charges. The PLM version is a Modified version of the PL and is equipped with more modern systems and avionica.
A heavily weathered Ka-27PS at one of the revetments of homebase Saky. The Helicopter Eskadrily held several Kamovs in temporary stored (and cannibalized) conditions to keep other ones alive. This 27 yellow lacks a main gear as well as some vital avionics.
An operatonal Mi-14PS of ther Ukraine Naval Aviation component in splendid condition. The helicopter was repainted after an overhaul in 2012 in this striking colour scheme. Although, a Mi-14 is able to land on water, this one leaked and was not allowed anymore to come too close to water.
The Russian-produced Beriev-12 "Chayka" (Seagull), NATO code name MAIL, was developed as an anti-submarine combat aircraft during the late 1950s. The first production Chayka encoutered its roll-out in December 1963. Almost ten years later, in June 1973, the last and 143rd Chayka rolled out of state factory number 86 in Taganrog.