contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15105 times:
Was working ramp at T4 JFK the other day and as I'm driving to my gate I passed by a Russian aircraft which looks to be non commercial, possibly gov't. Just curious as to who it belongs to and why its there. I'm not even gonna try and guess what the aircraft type is because I know nothing about them but its got what looks to to be quad engines on the tail, like a Mad Dog just 4 instead of 2 engines. Plane sticks out like a sore thumb around here very a breath of fresh air as we don't see them to much at JFK. Thanks in advance.
contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14865 times:
I can definatlly say its not an Aeroflot aircraft, unless their flying some aircraft without there logo and name and even then, does the IL-62 have the range to make it over here. Like you said, it was a treat to see. It was still on the stand when I left work yesterday afternoon. Just find it weird if its a gov't plane it would be on one of the closer stands to T-4.
B707forever From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7101 times:
I really must be getting old as some of my fondest memories at JFK were Aeroflot and CSA's IL-62s flying into JFK and being parked at the Pan Am terminal. They truly have a great sound and are amazing to watch land. No doubt it was on a diplomatic mission from either Russia or one of the Eastern European nations (eg Poland) that still have them in their diplomatic fleet.
Who remembers the drama that unfolded when the ballet guy defected and his wife was onboard an Aeroflot IL-62 at JFK and the US government insisted she be allowed to ask if she wished to stay too? She chose to go home and the Soviets (at the time) made a huge deal of her arrival giving her flowers and making a huge PR deal out of it. I never knew what came of her and wonder, post Soviet Union, where she is.
I thought it really rough her husband put her in that position without letting her know he was going to defect.