Originally Posted by r3500vdp
I am a collector of anything UN Aviation related Fred, so I definitely support your wish. That must have been quite an experience flying on this beast!
My UN fleet can be seen here: United Nations
Cool collection! In Yugoslavia was also the MI-26 helicopter. Once, when doing hovering tests with a 20-feet container beside the tower on Zagreb airport its rotor blades hit the tower corner. When I left there the damaged blades were still lying along the ground wall of the tower. And the marks in the wall's concrete!
Lying in the nose of the "76" on a "Sarajevo Approach" was quite an experience. They usually had to land downwind, quite steeply, due to the firing positions of the Serbian snipers.
Xmas '94 it happened! A "76" over-shot the end due to the slippery r/w and ended up in the perimeter minefield, its main tires blown. Problem was this exact flight carried the Xmas "essentials" of the French Legionaires holding the airfield - wine, turkey, presents, tons of it.
They weren't to lose it to the Serbians surrounding the perimeter so they rushed after it in their funny little jeeps, into the minefield. It was OK as long as they followed the plane tracks but they set off a couple of personell mines when they reached the plane. Nobody got hurt, though. And they saved their Xmas goodies.
But, the IL-76 was never salvaged, I believe. It took several flights by the AN-26 to fly out the on-board electronics. Tons of vacuum-tube stuff!
P.S.: Just for the fun of it I just googled the incident. This particular IL-76 may have been specially chartered by the French for the flight but all three flew in UN markings. After the crash we only had two left as long as I remained there. They were flown by Ukrainians. We also occasionally had a couple of TU-154's. Mainly used for force rotations and the service between Zagreb and Split. So, it was eventually salvaged.... But obviously without its electronics.: