cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 40 Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4807 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.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11500 posts, RR: 62 Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4773 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.
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
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.
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5877 posts, RR: 28 Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4706 times:
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.
aerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2620 posts, RR: 15 Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4647 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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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4462 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.
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.
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.