Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5986 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3759 times:
As I was leaving work today...from the Boeing plant basically on McConnell AFB here in Wichita, a heads-of-State Tu-154M from Russia (can't miss the flag on the tail) took off. I wonder what it was here for?...a tour of the Boeing plant?
I just had to share that. Surprisingly, the Tu-154 was not very loud as some people put it.
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3713 times:
I was driving home yesterday and saw a large, white plane fly that direction. I thought it could've been a 747 going to the conversion center. Maybe it was the Tu-154 (it was far away so I couldn't really see it very well, I was in northwestern part of town) Lately, I've been seeing unusual aircraft heading that direction over the last couple of weeks, I think I saw some AWACS 707s and maybe a 767 (???). Have you been getting aircraft like that at the conversion center?
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320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3520 times:
Hi. Very interesting. On 10 September 2004, in Winnipeg, a Tu-154 passed through. It had the Russian flag on the tail, with "Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center" along the fuselage. The registration was RA-85655, I think. There's a photo of the thing on A.net.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
Aside from the other Cosmonaut markings, in Russian the writing says "Russian Federation- Open Skies," so a confirmation of what everyone else has said. From other sources I've looked at it appears this aircraft is normally used for VIP and/or cosmonaut transportation.