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Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today  
User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5893 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
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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.

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User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3525 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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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

The Tu-154M is Stage III compliant so not as loud as its older bretheren or the Tu-134....

User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3332 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.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/299727/L/

The call sign was "Open Skies" (with a number which I can't recall). Some kind of inspection trip, I'm guessing.



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User currently offlinePmg1704 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

Yeah, it was part of the current Open Skies verification.

See: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2004/36261.htm

-PG


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2885 times:
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Thanks, PMG and 320tech! That was very enlightening. It's the first Tu-154 I've ever seen live.

BH346...there was an E-3 here a couple of weeks ago doing missed approaches at ICT. We also have a 747 sitting at McConnell undergoing some mod, but I have no idea what they're doing to it.


User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

Maybe the Russians are looking at buying the Boeing Wichita facility.  Big grin


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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2842 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.

User currently offlineNBGskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 809 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

The Open Skies aircraft are foriegn aircraft that are used to fly over and photograph the US.


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