#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Air communication between the city and the mainland was already opened, but the situation with land roads from the airport to the big Norilsk was more complicated.
A normal road was not yet built, and the railway line from the Alykel station to the airfield itself was only being laid.
Passengers had to get to the airport on several vehicles, and the last part of the journey was covered almost on tractors.
Therefore, in May 1965, the city authorities decided to set up a temporary helipad – in case of emergency. The place for landing was chosen “on the mountain” (as the place has been called by the city resident), near the pool.
The current 11th microdistrict had not yet been built up. And “in order to improve the service for air passengers departing from the Alykel airport”, helicopters actually landed and took off there for some time.
The site was arranged behind the swimming pool, but it did not last very long. Now this place is inhabited by nine-story buildings.
In the History Spot photo project’s previous publication, we told that first fountains appeared in Norilsk in the 1940s.
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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive