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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5581 times:

Please share with us your favourite kerosene addicted, unsettling takeoff performer, and beautifully loud Soviet aircraft. Mine is the rugged IL-76! Wonderful machine it is.


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5563 times:

I haven't seen any Vodka burners yet at Canberra airport (I didn't view the video, but I guess that was the one you linked to).

However, my favourite is the AN-124, or the TU-144 which frankly is still one of the most beautiful planes.

AN-124 isn't my favourite however when it is running 5 hours late:



Only ISO12,800, F/4.0 lens and the steadiest panning I could manage made that image possible. It was actually a lot darker than it looks. But you can't help but be impressed with those huge wings and that massive amount of wheels underneath it.

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11572 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 1):
Only ISO12,800, F/4.0 lens and the steadiest panning I could manage made that image possible.

That is a darn fine image for the settings and circumstances!   

The Russian manufacturers have given us some awesome machines to chose from, but I think I'll have to select the venerable Tu-154. It's smooth in flight, rugged and strong, a three-holer which is a bonus and the noise from those engines is just awesome.


Dan  



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User currently offlineFlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7379 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5520 times:

One of the best looking aircraft ever :



User currently offlinebj87 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5507 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 3):
One of the best looking aircraft ever :

Agreed, the IL62(M) is the best looking soviet build jet.


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The TU-134 is also amazing looking, especially the old ones with the navigator windows in the nose. Also with the main landing gear being very far apart from each other makes it look massively big.


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However my all time favorite soviet aircraft has got to be the Tupolev TU-114.

It's big, it's got massive counter rotating props, it's loud, it's a bomber derivative and was at the time the fastest commercial airliner in the world. Also it was so high of the ground that when Nikita Khrushchev visited Andrews air force base in the USA they didn't even have a stair that could reach the door!

It is an absolute shame that none of them are airworthy at this time.


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User currently onlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5966 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5462 times:
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Quoting FlySSC (Reply 3):
One of the best looking aircraft ever :

I think the same. I have never seen an IL-62 fly. I would love to see it take off. The only one I ever saw in real life was the Interflug Il-62 at LEJ, which I hear is being made in to a resturant in Leipzig.

I also like the looks of the AN-12. I was happy to see on of those on the cargo ramp at AMS a few weeks ago.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5410 times:

Quoting cpd (Reply 1):
I didn't view the video, but I guess that was the one you linked to

Nope, not that one. This one is even better, and makes you feel as if you are attending a symphony.

Speedbird741

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Boa noite Faro, Air Portugal 257 climbing flight level 340
User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2758 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

I love the TU-134. It looks so elegant, with it's streamlined shape. It l;ooks really dainty or something, even though you know it's a flying tank. It's even better with the glass nose. And of course the sound is beautiful.

I think the AN-12 is nice lookin too, for a cargo aircraft. Has a nice shape I think, & looks cool with the 4 props.

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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2378 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

Well, despite the less than favorable publicity it's been getting lately, I still think the Tu-154 is a cool lookin' bird.


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And who doesn't love "the Dream"?.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5218 times:

Quoting bj87 (Reply 4):
However my all time favorite soviet aircraft has got to be the Tupolev TU-114.

It's big, it's got massive counter rotating props, it's loud, it's a bomber derivative and was at the time the fastest commercial airliner in the world.

I think the Tu-114 still ranks as the fastest (and probably loudest) turboprop airliner ever built.

Quoting bj87 (Reply 4):
Also it was so high of the ground that when Nikita Khrushchev visited Andrews air force base in the USA they didn't even have a stair that could reach the door!

On it's first demonstration visit to JFK (then IDL) in the summer of 1959 they had to rig up an extension to the tallest available stairs to reach the door. More easily seen in the second photo below. New Pan Am terminal then under construction in the background.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo126/periskop_li/History/1959_Tu114_01.jpg

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The Tu-114 at IDL with it's famous designer, Andrei Tupolev, then aged 71. Can see the extension to the stairs to the forward door.



And at Andrews AFB September 15, 1959, the first U.S. visit of a Soviet Premier.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo126/periskop_li/History/1959_Tu114_12.jpg


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2758 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):

Wow, thanks for those amazing photos! I had heard about the infamous stair incident but never actually seen it. That aircraft looks so beautiful behind it's creator.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 10):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):

Wow, thanks for those amazing photos! I had heard about the infamous stair incident but never actually seen it. That aircraft looks so beautiful behind it's creator.

I found those photos in the following Russian forum.
http://periskop.livejournal.com/396926.html?page=1

Quite a few other Tu-114 photos there. If you want to read a rough translation of the Russian text you can cut and paste it into the Google (or other) translation tool.


User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5133 times:


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I'm partial to the AN-2. While it doesn't burn kerosene, it still an amazing machine, that opened travel to many, many locations. Someday, I hope to at least get a chance to fly one and perhaps even purchase one.

-DiamondFlyer



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User currently offlineb741 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 716 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5128 times:

I always liked the Soviet "airbus" IL-86.


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