VÖCSÖK II – The Queen’s hydrofoil boat sails in Budapest

Hungary was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, the sight of American or British rock stars was extremely rare. In fact, Queen was the only band to perform in Hungary before the fall of the Soviet Union.

In 1986, the members of Queen went to Budapest as part of the band’s final tour with the late great Freddie Mercury as lead singer. The band was given a royal welcome by awaiting fans and dignitaries as they arrived into the city with the boat Voskhod II.

VÖCSÖK II. 2017 Budapest / Image by Kosztolicz Péter – Image source

Voskhod is a type of passenger hydrofoil boat built in the Soviet Union and later in Ukraine. It is intended for use in rivers and lakes, but good seaworthiness allows them to operate in coastal sea areas as well. It was designed to replace older passenger hydrofoil boats: Raketas and Meteors. The first boat of this type was built at the Morye shipbuilding plant in Feodosiya.

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