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Monino

Monino is an urban locality (a work settlement) in Shchyolkovsky District of Moscow OblastRussia, located 23 kilometers (14 mi) east of Moscow.

History

Monino was founded in the Munin­skaya Waste­land on Au­gust 23, 1792. The name "Monino" or "Munin" can be trans­lated from the Finno-Ugric lan­guages as "My farm".

It is al­leged that the his­tory of the set­tle­ment can be traced to a small farm, whose owner was a man of Monin. In 1926, an air­field for heavy air­craft was built, be­com­ing the first to house a heavy bomber brigade. The sub­se­quent his­tory of the vil­lage is closely con­nected with avi­a­tion. The sta­tus of ur­ban-type set­tle­ment was con­ferred in 1946.

Until 1965 it was part of the No­ginsk District.

Trivia

The Cen­tral Air Force Mu­seum in Monino is one of the world's largest avi­a­tion mu­se­ums, and the largest for Russ­ian air­craft. 173 air­craft and 127 air­craft en­gines are on dis­play, and the mu­seum also fea­tures col­lec­tions of weapons, in­stru­ments, uni­forms, art­work, and other air-re­lated items. A li­brary con­tain­ing books, films, and pho­tos is also ac­ces­si­ble to vis­i­tors. Tours are given by ex-pi­lots. The mu­seum opened its doors in 1958.

Monino was the for­mer home of the Gagarin Air Force Acad­emy, which closed in 2011.

Monino is home to VVA-Pod­moskovye, cur­rent cham­pi­ons of the Pro­fes­sional Rugby League, Rus­sia's na­tional rugby union com­pe­ti­tion. VVA have won the title eight times, in 1993, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. They were also nine-time win­ners of the So­viet Cham­pi­onship.

Monino can be reached from the Yaroslavsky Rail Ter­mi­nal in cen­tral Moscow by the sub­ur­ban elek­trichka com­muter train.