Ds From Russia, joined Nov 2001, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
you are right, it's hard to say that Tu-134 or smth. is Russian, since the production line of almost all old Soviet and current C.I.S. aircrafts was (and is) not localized in one country. E.g., Tu-334 is assembled in Ukraine and An-124 in Russia. But if you mean design bureaus, then almost all of major bureaus (except Antonov) are situated in Russia.
ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4227 times:
I have never flown on a Russian airliner. I do quite like the look of the TU-154. I have never flown on a B727 and that is something quite hard to do these days so the TU-154 is probably the best I can get. I have had friends fly on them to the holiday resorts of Bulgaria and they say it was a great ride and would do it gain.
Levg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4052 times:
Someone I know used to be a pilot for Aeroflot years ago. He flew as a captain on An-24, TU-154, IL-62 and YAK-40. According to him, from the pilot's point of view, An-24 and IL-62 are two of the best planes that he flew. They are both very responsive to the pilot's commands. AN-24 is easier to control though because it's much smaller than IL-62. He said that when you land an IL-62, you have to lower nose immediately in order to apply the brakes and be able to stop it on the runway. AN-24 is easier because it is much lighter and requires less room to stop.
A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
Sovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2655 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3848 times:
FIRST IS Tu-134!! Awesome airplane. I love the glass nose and the gear fairings. The airbrake is between the wings. And the engines sound completely awesome(and loud). I love the high-pitched whine when it taxies but when it starts taking off towards you you hear this deep roar and you can't mistake it for anything else. Love the way it smokes...probably the only jet that smokes so much left flying. What a great plane. Imagine what this photographer must've felt like after it passed over.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1926 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3624 times:
My first ever flight was on a IL-86 (BEY-SVO) and I loved it. Later I flew many times on Tu-154s, Tu-134s, IL-18s, IL-62s and IL-86s. They all are very good and I hope I'll get the chance of flying in one of those again.
The Tu-154 feels very similar to the MD-80 and B727. Can't really tell which one of the 3 is the best. They're all good.
Probably my favorite Soviet airliner is the IL-86. It really feels more spacious than the Airbus widebodies and the 747.
I've flown on that Armenian IL-86 when it was first delivered back in 1990. It was so clean and the blue gitane seats looked really nice. Too bad that both Armenian IL-86s will be grounded in a few weeks time.