I’m standing outside a locked gate and a barbed-wire fence. This is definitely the right place. Through the fence I can see some Soviet-era helicopters. The closest even says “CCCP” (the Russian abbreviation for the former Soviet Union) in big letters on the side. A dilapidated gatehouse and overgrown shrubbery are more indications that the Riga Aviation Museum isn’t a traditional tourist site.There’s a button next to a sign that says “Call and wait!” in English, and what I assume is the same message in both Latvian and Russian. It’s then I notice the gate is slightly ajar, so I step in, feeling like I’m doing something illegal. An older gentleman approaches and says “Seven euros.” I pay, not realizing this is the founder of the museum. He nods and walks away. I’m free to explore on my own. I walk down a dirt path, past the red Mil Mi-4 I saw from the gate, and enter a world of MiGs, Sukhois, Antonovs and more. It’s one of the biggest collections of Soviet aircraft outside of Russia. This will be a fun afternoon. Editors’ top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day’s most interesting reviews, news stories and videos…. Read full this story
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