They say about such people: "An amazing person, unique!" A resident of Riga, a former flight engineer of the "big civil aviation" Viktor Talpa is really a special person. Although formally he did not do anything heroic.
Back in Soviet times, being an employee of Aeroflot, he organized and headed the Riga Club of young pilots. Here, teenagers were given a real flying profession - an AN-2 aircraft engine’s technician. And so that they did not learn from pictures, Victor Talpa began to collect aircraft for the club. He negotiated with various organizations, flight detachments, and the military. His students handed over scrap metal, which they exchanged for decommissioned flying equipment. Sponsors and friends helped him. And as a result, Talpa became the owner of a unique aviation collection, which he turned into a real open-air museum.
The museum is located on the territory of the Riga airport, it has long become its attraction. But the airport is planning to develop and expand. And the museum, officials say, no longer has a place on this territory. And Victor Talpa has no money to transport and equip the collection to another place. His life's work is crumbling right before our eyes.