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Unmarked Tu-154 At Dulles Today  
User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11069 times:

Hello,
Today as i was walking home from my classes, i saw what appeared to be a tupolev 154 landing at Dulles International in Virginia. I could tell it was a tu-154 by the landing gear, and the engine layout on the back. Does anyone have any information?
Thanks, rjm777ual
P.S: Date= Nov. 21, 2011


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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2988 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10884 times:

If you have a timeframe, take a look on FlightAware.


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User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10750 times:

I tried that, but i didn't get any info.


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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1834 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10691 times:

I'm pretty certain that FlightAware doesn't recognize Tupolev, Ilyushin, Yak, etc......


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User currently offlineBDABOY From Bermuda, joined Nov 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10659 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 3):
I'm pretty certain that FlightAware doesn't recognize Tupolev, Ilyushin, Yak, etc......


Flightaware recognises the Cubana flight from Paris Orly on an Ilyushin- Il96. I've seen it many times when tracking flight-paths over Bermuda.


User currently offlinesasd209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10586 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 3):
I'm pretty certain that FlightAware doesn't recognize Tupolev, Ilyushin, Yak, etc

Indeed they do! I've seen AN-12's come/go from south Florida, AN-124's fly around the globe, and IL-76's drop into the USA on occasion - all on flightaware. Also, the IL-96 from Cuba to Canada is often on there.


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1834 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10481 times:

Quoting BDABOY (Reply 4):
Flightaware recognises the Cubana flight from Paris Orly on an Ilyushin- Il96. I've seen it many times when tracking flight-paths over Bermuda.
Quoting sasd209 (Reply 5):
Indeed they do! I've seen AN-12's come/go from south Florida, AN-124's fly around the globe, and IL-76's drop into the USA on occasion - all on flightaware. Also, the IL-96 from Cuba to Canada is often on there.

I've never been able to find one though, even when doing searches out of major Russian airports...maybe I'm just not looking hard enough!



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User currently offlineFalcon Flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10423 times:

Flightaware does recognize Soviet era aircraft but often doesn't recognize unfamiliar ICAO identifiers. Had to do a go around at BOS last monday night while approaching 27 because an IL-76 landing on 22L before us taxied onto 27 when clearing, then stopped on the runway. Had a TTF flight number. When I went to look it up on flightaware, there was no sign of it's arrival. It departed the next morning and didn't come up on flightaware either.

[Edited 2011-11-21 19:37:21]


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User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10334 times:
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Quoting rjm777ual (Thread starter):
Today as i was walking home from my classes, i saw what appeared to be a tupolev 154 landing at Dulles International in Virginia. I could tell it was a tu-154 by the landing gear, and the engine layout on the back. Does anyone have any information?


I know several governments fly Tupolevs. Any any of these look familiar?
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User currently offlinehoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9753 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 8):
I know several governments fly Tupolevs. Any any of these look familiar?

Probably not the Polish one as the Polish gov't has disbanded the VIP squadron and put up for sale their remaining TU-154.



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User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4266 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9478 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 8):
I know several governments fly Tupolevs. Any any of these look familiar?
Quoting hoya (Reply 9):
Probably not the Polish one as the Polish gov't has disbanded the VIP squadron and put up for sale their remaining TU-154.

And, unfortunately, the photo kgaiflyer chose was of the very aircraft that crashed in April 2010 taking the life of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski. So it was most definitely NOT that aircraft.



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User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9420 times:
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Quoting richierich (Reply 10):
So it was most definitely NOT that aircraft.

So noted, richierich.

Any additional insight into which government might have flown the aircraft into Dulles ?


User currently offlineGCT64 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 1399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7553 times:

Quoting Falcon Flyer (Reply 7):
Had a TTF flight number. When I went to look it up on flightaware, there was no sign of it's arrival. It departed the next morning and didn't come up on flightaware either.

TTF is Russian Air Force 224 Flight Unit ("Two Two Four" = TTF), so like most air forces* it is unlikely to appear on Flightaware (for example, the same would be true of flights using the RAF's RRR flight number)

*There are exceptions though, many BAF flights do appear.



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User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5692 times:

it didn't look like any of those pictured, it was all white.


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User currently offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 3009 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5203 times:
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Could well have been the Russian Open Sky Disarmament validation plane

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However normally would have expect it to go to Andrews AFB


User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

Hmm....It could have been that. Where does it fly from?


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User currently offlineSalukipilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

I've seen a couple here in the last 3 months or so.


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User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

What airlines were they?


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