ReverseThrust From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
I'm flying on some TU134's in a couple of weeks time and can't seem to find anyway of differentiating which years they were built in. I know most of the RA650** were built betwen 1975 and 1977 but am unclear on what years the others were manufactured.
Were blocks of registration numbers built in specific years? If so,when?
RA-657** RA 655** RA 651** (1978 1979?) and RA 656** (some 656** were former InterFlug aircraft too I think)
BOAC911 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 449 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
I have the entire production list of the TU-134 in from of me (A UK Book entitled Tupolev Tu-134 by Dmitriy Komissarov). Can you be a little more specific, since the list is by construction numbers, and then the various reg. numbers. Construction no. 44020, fuselage no. 3301 CCCP-65002, RA-65002 for one aircraft for example
BOAC911 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 449 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
It appears that RA-651** 656**, and 657** were built in the years 1978, and 1979, and 1980/1981 respectively. 659** in 1981-1984, however later construction numbers also list some RA-655** as late as 1984.
And from that point on, it seems to be nothing more than pure chaos. For example, c/n 63700 (Tu-134AK) mfd 3/4/1981 became 65099, c/n 63731 (Tu-134A) mfd 8/4/1981 became 65901, and so on. My guess is, that they were trying to confuse spies (who were egaer to copy a 49-ton regional airliner ).
My guess is that the reason so many ex-Interflug/CSA/Malev aircraft became 656xx is because the 656xx was used on the very first Tu-134's manufactured in the 1960's. By the time the export aircraft were being re-imported, most of the 656xx-regged planes had already been decommissioned, thus creating a vacant range of registrations.
Hope this helps. And enjoy that old beast.
EDIT: Sorry, while writing this post, I didn't really see BOAC911 had already answered your question.
If not.... watch it!! It's absolutely brilliant. Left me speechless, the engines go on full thrust for about 7 seconds before the aircraft even releases its brakes.
Yup, have watched it (and all the other ones, too... I'm telling you, it's an obsession ). While in the West airlines put their youngest recruits on the regionals, those Tupolevs are flown by real old-school pilots who know their trade enough to perform some spectacular things.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1449 times:
If you have a look over at http://www.airlinerlist.com/, you'll see they have a Tu-134 production list. I'm not certain whether it will give you exactly what you're looking for, but hopefully it will give you some information about the aircraft you fly on.
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