WORTH A SECOND GLANCE
THE BEST WAY TO VISIT MONGOLIA
From material supplied by Peter White
have previously featured a Soviet airport of neo-classical design at Lvov.
On the face of it, this card is more of the same. It is actually a
vertical card but the bottom is blank space so I have edited it to save space.
The fact that it is old enough to feature an IL-14 is interesting enough
but the odd thing is that the tail flag is not the
all-red Soviet emblem but has a vertical blue/grey stripe. Now the then
constituent republics of the USSR all had their own
flags but these were not used by the regional divisions of Aeroflot. The clue is
the airport location, Ulan Bator in Mongolia. Although to all intents and
purposes a Soviet republic, the Peoples Republic of Mongolia was nominally independent. Founded in 1924 it was the
destination for the 1926 first international service of the Soviet airline
Dobrolet (later Aeroflot). MIAT (Mongolyn Irgeny Agaaryn Teever) was founded in
1956 with a mix of IL-14 and An-2
aircraft and opened international service to Irkutsk and Beijing using the IL-14
s as shown.
the collapse of Soviet power , MIAT was re-invented as a national flag-carrier
with western equipment and, by current standards a relatively prolific issuer of
postcards. Shown opposite is a 727 with tribesmen in tradition al dress and the
current Ulan Bator terminal. Newly added is a 737-800. The following airline
-issue cards are known, although the status of the Tu-154 card is uncertain :-
Ground tail + a second
Ground close up
Ground with tribesmen
F-OHPT Air rear
F-OHPT Air – flaps down
F-OHPT take off front ( 2 different)
F-OHPT ground (2 different – text “the best way to visit Mongolia””
Air left and right – text “the
best way to visit Mongolia”)
a current fleet of one A310 , 3
An-24 , 1 An-26 and 1 737-800, those of current models represent an output of
almost 2 cards per aircraft
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