Ty134A From Austria, joined Apr 2008, 386 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5030 times:
The Pulkovo 134 from the youtube video serves now as a trainer for special forces. They use it for anti terror training on the ground. I had the pleasure of riding this 134 twice... unfortunate faith now as a trainer...
The other one featured in the pic above is the one from Air Volga and formerly SU Don, in it's last months of operations it served for SU Nord. I know one of the (former TU3) navigators of SU Nord quite well, and he told me that this was the most worn down TU3 in whole Russia, having even trouble keeping the cabin pressurized. But other than her age, hell of a plane, can't break it! I don't know where it's going though.
They always take off the wingtips and the elevator for stability reasons.
There was also a TU3 carried with a Mi26 in Moldova, there are also pics of that, and I suppose a video as well.
As to the size of the Mi26- there is a video of one towing a Chinook... when I visited a National Air Guard Base in the US, the pilots and staff proudly told me that the Chinook is the largest helicopter in the world. Me mentioning the Mi26 was ignored.