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Like Russian Planes Or Not?  
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Posted (11 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4473 times:

For those who have flown on Russian- and Soviet-built aircraft, do you like them? If yes, which is your favourite and why? I personally really like them, as they offer a more exciting and fun experience than standard 737s. My favourite is probably the TU5 (a tad standard, but hey), IL6 or IL-18.

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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4448 times:

I flew on a Balkan Air Tu154 from Amsterdam to Vienna and back, and enjoyed every single minute of it. Beautiful plane!

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7234 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4429 times:

The IL86 and IL96 looks very smart. I do not care too much for the others though. But I really cannot base it on anything other than loooks as russian aircraft only very occasionally operate into AKL.

User currently offlineGecko From Singapore, joined Sep 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4401 times:

Russian planes are great provided they are properly maintained and crewed.

I have flown on IL-76's and AN-12's both are excellent at what they do, best part is they normally have a bed, so if you have spent too much time at the bar the night before (Im not crew just the commercial representative) your flight is over in no time.

From a commercial standpoint I would rather be payin the ACMI rates for these two aircraft than their western counterparts.

Personally I think provided MX and crew are good they are as safe as anything else in the sky. But I think it will be many years before if ever the western flying public will be travelling on Russian Gear.

I have never flown on a Russian passenger aircraft so I wouldn't really know.

User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4393 times:

Love 'em.

You can see them, hear them and smell them  Big thumbs up

My favourite would have to be Tu-154 closely followed by the Il-62 and Tu-134.

I'm looking forward to a trip to Moscow on the Tu-154 just for the sake of flying the a/c.

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4387 times:

I realy like Russian aircraft - I've only been on one though, but it was pretty cool. An Ilyushin IL62M, Aeroflot, Malta-Luanda-Johannesburg in 1993 - it was a bit of a nightmare journey, but I had fun and it was good to go on a classic Russian airliner. I want to go on a few more.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

To look at, sure...

To ride, I'll pass

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4334 times:

I wish I had ridden on one - any one!

I really like Russian and Soviet passenger aircraft; I always thought they had a lot of personality. I particularly like the Tu-134 with its old-fashioned interior, of which pictures have recently appeared here!

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4299 times:

I do like russian jets, ive flown on the IL-62 (HY) and IL-96 (SU) both amazing aircraft, and something different.
The IL-96 looks huge from the inside, the aisles are VERY wide, an excellent plane.
The IL-62's were quite old, but appeared to be in good shape (not overlly rattly during take off)

I would liek to try out the TU-154 in the future, as well as teh IL-86 with the cargo deck entrance.

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User currently offline727200er From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4280 times:

I really wish I would have had a chance to ride in a Tu-114. Thos big counter rotating props must have been impressive

"they who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only at night" - Edgar Allen Poe
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

1993 MAD-HAV on a IL-62 with Cubana. Scared the crap out of me...but I do love Russian airliners...specially the Tu-154, IL96, etc...

Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4212 times:

Gone with the TU-154, noiser than Boeings and Airbuses otherwise no problem.
Russian/Ukrainian planes/helicopters usually got good airframes, but not so good engines, noisy and thrusty...

User currently offlineAZjetgeek From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Never having flown on one, it's hard to say. However, I really like the new An-140 and An-148, both of which are built in the Ukraine. I'm of Ukranian ancestry, which explains the bias.

Also, the 140 resembles both the BAe Avro series as well as the Fairchild-Dornier 328Jet.

Long live the RJ!
User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4169 times:
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Never managed to fly one yet,though i've a YAK-42 flight due soon Smile

User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2482 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4111 times:
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I love the TU-154 .
But im still yet to get on any Russian planes.

On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2561 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

oh wow good question, i flew on Tu-154s....wow can that thing climb or what? anyone vouch for this? We took off outta moscow where the TAT was -26 cel. that thing was like a ROCKET!

My only concern was the inch thick ice we accumulated around the not so tightly sealed seals...  Big grin



The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

I love them but unfortionately it is not so easy to get a ride on any of those machines these days.

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