Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1536 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6027 times:
Approximately 720 TU134s were built. There have been 54 recorded hull losses of which 29 had fatalities. Considering that these are Soviet era jets, a lot of crashes and details may not have come to light. The aircraft along with the TU154 were mainstays of Aeroflot during the Soviet days. Despite the fact that their hull loss ratios may not reflect favourably by Western standards, fact remains that the TU134 was a very popular aircraft which served the Soviet Union and its ally nations for over four decades.
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RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8290 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5834 times:
The Tu-104, Tu-114, Tu-124 and early-production Tu-134's had that nose navigator's seating position because until the late 1960's, air navigation inside Soviet airspace did require visual fixes. But once the Soviets finally got more modern navaids later production Tu-134's deleted the glazed nose and replaced it with a weather radome.
It should be noted that glazed nose came from the Tu-16 bomber (this was the bombardier's seating position).
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5667 times:
I am pretty sure some of Aeroflot and Aeroflot Don's TU-134A's and 134A-3's still have the glass cockpit (sorry for the joke). Why are we talking about it as if it doesn't fly anymore. I was at Sheremetyevo 1 SVO yesterday and there were loads of them...
RIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1880 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5565 times:
"a very popular aircraft which served the Soviet Union and its ally nations for over four decades." - actually, a bit less: the first commercial flight was on September (9th ?), 1967. The aircraft was Aeroflot workhorse along with Il18 mostly in 70's, before more Tu154s came. The first jet I ever flew on - I remember 4 hours 1 stop flight where a year before it was 8 hour 2 stops flight on Il18... My first trip abroad (Riga to Stockholm) was on Tu134 too - and it is the only Soviet built aircraft that I flew on more abroad than inside the former USSR! Was on it last time on Dec 29th, 1992, OK flight from Prague to Riga...
Sovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2717 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5452 times:
I saw glass-nosed Tu-134A's of Pulkovo this summer. Boy those are loud or maybe it was the fact that it was about 100 feet high when it passed over my head taking off. Tu-134A-3 I believe were the last ones with the glass nose. I know there was an A-variant without a glass nose but I might be mistaken Ill have to check. Bs have no glass nose.