(Image: Alan Wilson; abandoned Flogger at Khodynka, Moscow)
They might have been low-tech compared to their western counterparts (at least until a new generation of dogfighters came to the fore, including the MiG-29 and Su-27), but there was something awesome about the Soviet Union’s vast military arsenal, and especially its Cold War-era military aircraft. This abandoned MiG-23 Flogger was photographed at the former Khodynka Aerodrome in Moscow, in August 2012. The derelict airport had latterly served as a large storage facility for out-of-service Russian aircraft. As of 2016 the area has been regenerated, its decaying airframes moving to Tretyakovo Airport in Lukhovitsy, Moscow Oblast. It’s unclear whether this redundant MiG made the journey or succumbed to scrapping, but either way the composition makes for a great photograph. Explore 21 abandoned airplane graveyards here.