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Topic: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: falstaff
Posted 2012-07-27 10:46:27 and read 7949 times.


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I saw this photo and I wondered what is going on here. I assume this Tu-134 is going somewhere off of the airport, but to where and why?

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: CALPSAFltSkeds
Posted 2012-07-27 13:07:25 and read 7703 times.

It appears to have a part of the tail missing, the top of the nose looks damaged and the wingtip looks damaged.

That's a large helicopter.

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: rwy04lga
Posted 2012-07-27 13:21:08 and read 7660 times.

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 1):
That's a large helicopter.

A Mil Mi-8? Only a guess.

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: ZANL188
Posted 2012-07-27 13:27:35 and read 7640 times.

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 2):
A Mil Mi-8? Only a guess.

Much larger Mi-26 I think....

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: rwy04lga
Posted 2012-07-27 13:32:54 and read 7617 times.

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3):
Much larger Mi-26 I think....

That's more like it. Thanks.

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: Ychocky
Posted 2012-07-27 14:07:17 and read 7475 times.

Meanwhile in Russia...

Pretty unique image captured.

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: falstaff
Posted 2012-07-27 15:06:16 and read 7330 times.

Quoting CALPSAFltSkeds (Reply 1):
It appears to have a part of the tail missing, the top of the nose looks damaged and the wingtip looks damaged

It does appear to be rather beatup. There are photos of it flying as recently as 2008. I was wondering if it was being moved to someplace for display or to be some sort of business.

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: Viscount724
Posted 2012-07-27 15:18:26 and read 7295 times.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 6):
I was wondering if it was being moved to someplace for display

Another Tu-134 was moved by helicopter in 2009. From the video below it looks like it was being delivered for display at some off-airport site.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nldByrGIC0

More photos of what appears to be that 2009 event here, as well as some older photos of other large Russian aircraft being lifted by helicopters.
http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...opter-airlifting-a-Tu-134-airliner

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: hOmsaR
Posted 2012-07-28 06:58:37 and read 6055 times.

I thought it was just a clever attempt at saving fuel. The pax board the jet, and instead of starting up the jet engines, they hook them up to a helicopter and carry them to their destination.

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: saafnav
Posted 2012-07-28 08:03:30 and read 5403 times.

Well, from the top of my head, it seems that the Tu-134 is being cargo slinged by a Mi-26!

The Mi-26 is really huge... Cargo capacity exceeding that of a C-130B. I've been up close and it is really astonishing.

Erich

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: Ty134A
Posted 2012-07-28 10:20:55 and read 4049 times.

The Pulkovo 134 from the youtube video serves now as a trainer for special forces. They use it for anti terror training on the ground. I had the pleasure of riding this 134 twice... unfortunate faith now as a trainer...

The other one featured in the pic above is the one from Air Volga and formerly SU Don, in it's last months of operations it served for SU Nord. I know one of the (former TU3) navigators of SU Nord quite well, and he told me that this was the most worn down TU3 in whole Russia, having even trouble keeping the cabin pressurized. But other than her age, hell of a plane, can't break it! I don't know where it's going though.

They always take off the wingtips and the elevator for stability reasons.

There was also a TU3 carried with a Mi26 in Moldova, there are also pics of that, and I suppose a video as well.

As to the size of the Mi26- there is a video of one towing a Chinook... when I visited a National Air Guard Base in the US, the pilots and staff proudly told me that the Chinook is the largest helicopter in the world. Me mentioning the Mi26 was ignored.

Now look at that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF5pqwFFik4

Topic: RE: What Is Going On With This Tu-134
Username: FI642
Posted 2012-07-28 17:57:54 and read 3501 times.

No APU, so they're trying to air start it.


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