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Chernobyl Liquidators

The pilots who flew over Chernobyl to limit the danger from the destroyed reactor were aware of the risks of huge radiation doses and dangerous obstacles.

In the 10 days after the world's worst nuclear disaster on April 26, 1986, Soviet pilots carried out 4,000 flights to dump thousands of tons of lead, sand and clay to cover the destroyed Reactor Four.

The pilots received potentially lethal doses of radiation that went completely off the scale of their dosimeters while precautions were as basic as changing uniforms, using cream and taking baths.

"Of course the pilots knew they were getting high doses and the consequences," according to General Antoshkin, who was made a Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest award bestowed by the USSR, for his work in liquidating the disaster.

"They said 'comrade general, this is not Afghanistan. There you are shot at but you turn back, land and forget. But here the enemy is invisible. How will this affect me, my children in the future?'"

"But the pilots knew that the reactor needed to be covered as quickly as possible. You'd tell the pilot to leave but he'd come back."

Of the 600 pilots who took part in this dangerous mission; 28 men died of radiation exposure in the months after the explosion, also two were killed in a helicopter crash over the reactor.

My illustration is based on several B/W and color photos (for background reference) and actual film footage. I am showing a Mi-26 (SimV model) that has passed over the burning reactor after dropping sand onto the reactor. These brave pilots succeeded in stopping the fires and avoiding a potential “melt -down”.

This is an original composition using Photoshop, Paint.net and GIMP2.

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TSofian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018
Brave men who gave their lives so that others could be saved
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Blake290383 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThankYou.
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I especially like your choice of  colors 
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student
nice pic
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See my early artwork called "Exclusion Zone" based on the the Chernobyl Disaster aftermath of radioactive equipment that was stored in a junkyard for eventual burial.
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TarJakArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Job Mike.  Excellent memorial to some very courageous men.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate it.
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Transportphotos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dont forget the first fire trucks that responded.  They didn't stand a chance. 
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Steamking4468 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
I once read an article that said the longest living fireman who was there was six months before dying through radiation poisoning. So sad and I hope it never happens again.
Stunning artwork.
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or the soldier volunteers, who had to dive in the radioactive water in the basement levels UNDER the molten reactor core in order to open the gates and let the water out, otherwise the molten fuel rods would seep through the cracks in the floor (which they later did) and cause a devastating chain reaction once it would land in the water. Those volunteer soldiers, they saved the water supply for 10,000,000 people that day and did not expect anything in return, even knowing that they would die soon after - honor them, the real heros of Soviet Army.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good Point. Also hundreds of coal miners were also used in underground work to divert disaster. 
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This poem: jopre.wordpress.com/2010/06/15… by Mario Petrucci is a great tribute to the brave men and women, who participated in the liquidation process. Dang, I'd really love to get a copy of that book.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very powerful and visual poem, thanks for sharing.
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Transportphotos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
They are heros. Not only for Chernobyl but also for the world. If not for them the spread may have been more severe. 
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional
nice job 
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killerweinerdog Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
I heard that he radioactivity was so bad that once the fire was out, they abandoned every vehicle that had been involved in fighing the fire in Pripyat. 
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They were hero's, they knew the dangers and went to work anyway. 
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About as tough a mission you could get.There were so many unknowns, they learned as then went and eventually succeeded.Thanks for the feedback.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it was a brave sacrifice, not only did they save the Soviet Union, but the world. 
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Project-Remnant Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Writer
The Soviet pilots truly were heroic, I think valiant is the best word to describe them really. Heroics and exemplary service exists in every military on earth, and I think it should be recognized, and you've done that brilliantly. always looking forward to more of your work. 

Cheers! 
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The MI-26 is my favorite helo and I try to convey dynamic stories in my artwork.

i have always been fascinated by this disaster and the dedication and cost it took to stop a potential melt down.

i am in working on more new subjects, stay tuned. Thank You.
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uncledon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Another fine work honoring brave men regardless of their nationality.
I only wish you had shown some of the fire truck that also responded and mentioned all those firefighters who went on the roof of the adjacent building to poor water onto the burning graphite to try and quench the fires and cool the reactor mass.
As always thanks for sharing.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This composition is showing the first stages of this disaster. The MI-26's were the first to fly over reactor and check the amount of radiation coming from this hot zone.
Also they were the first to drop heavy loads of sand and lead to cover the the burning fires. These helo pilots were the first responders, as thousands of men would follow to contain this disasters. Appreciate the feedback, thank you.
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uncledon Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Oh I didn't mean to suggest that you were wrong.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All Good, appreciate the feedback. cheers
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TiPoDiRaMartin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice :D
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GrafDeWolfGuN Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Wow! Perfectly!
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Ralph1989 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks guys appreciate the kind words.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it not been for them, Chernoybl would still been puffing out lots of radiation into the atmosphere. :salute:
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, an epic save.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A heroic at of courage. :D
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
A respectful tribute to those who did something vital--and it should have been evidence at the trials of the vermin ultimately responsible for their deaths.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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