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TU-154 The End Of An Era  
User currently offlinelollomz From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 257 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12870 times:
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the last TU-154 will be delivered soon... read the full story.

http://en.rian.ru/business/20130219/179566443.html

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12857 times:
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Truly the end of an era. One of the best looking planes ever made, with beautiful lines and a stunningly sleek look to it. Noisy as hell, climbing like a rocket. Gorgeous.

I have loved every moment of the times I have been in and around that plane.



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17365 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12730 times:

Quoting lollomz (Thread starter):
the last TU-154 will be delivered soon...

Russian carriers are scooping up any old 762 or 735 they can find--who on earth still wants a 154?



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10655 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12735 times:

The "Russian 727" indeed is a beautiful plane, just like the one it was modelled after. Actually I am surprised to read that they still made one from time to time until now. Loved to see them here at FRA, now its all boring A320/737 from Russia.

User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6075 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12688 times:
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I was surprised to read it is only good for 45,000 hours, 80,000 with upgrades. There are DC-9s with way more hours that that, not to mentions A LOT more 747s.


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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1175 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 12642 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 4):

Upgrades basically refers to a d level inspection. And that extends the lifetime until the next one, and so on. So use the 80k number as the actual lifespan. After which there are still ways to extend...with some conditions.



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User currently offlineTC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12436 times:

Wow ! I thought they stopped making new TU-154's about 10 years ago ! What's the Russian Defence Ministry going to use it for ? Does this aircraft have an executive interior ?

User currently offlineTP313 From Portugal, joined Nov 2001, 259 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11986 times:

It is sad that TU-154 production is coming to an end...  

On the other hand, production of new-built re-engined IL-76 has just started!   


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24910 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11615 times:

It's strange that this FlightGlobal article from 2006 said Tu-154 production ended that year.
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...tion-after-fulfilling-last-207536/

Did they really build just one more almost 7 years later?


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11391 times:
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Quoting na (Reply 3):
The "Russian 727"

Well, it has three rear engines and it also has wings. That's pretty much where the similarity ends.



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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 949 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11319 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 9):
Well, it has three rear engines and it also has wings. That's pretty much where the similarity ends.

This is what I wanted to write as well, except that I would've left out the part about the wings.  



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11276 times:
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Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 10):
except that I would've left out the part about the wings.

Well, the TU-154 has much cooler wings. Down-swept (anhedral) and with a very cool swept-back angle (no idea what the tech term for that is). It's also a very fast plane.



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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11240 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
Did they really build just one more almost 7 years later?

IIRC it was on limited production.



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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 949 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11188 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
It's also a very fast plane.

I hope I'll have a chance to fly one before they are all retired. My friend who is totally clueless about airplanes and who is generally always afraid to fly told me about his experience. He couldn't stop talking about it. I was jealous.



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User currently offlinebobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10847 times:
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I'm shocked. Honestly I thought production ended 20 years ago n

User currently offlineDalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 543 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10578 times:

This must make the Tu-154 close to being the jetliner with the longest production run in history.

Can anything else match it?


User currently offlinetimpdx From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10462 times:

Glad I flew one a couple years back in Uzbekistan, also got the chance to see an IL96 at TAS, what a stunning four holer. My TU154 had seen better days, seat broken, no windowshade, ect, still a fun ride, glad I had the opportunity.

User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 695 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10344 times:

Quoting Dalavia (Reply 15):
This must make the Tu-154 close to being the jetliner with the longest production run in history.

Can anything else match it?

737. And 747, soon enough.


User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10236 times:

How different is a TU-154 delivered today to one delivered in the early 1970s?

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 9):
Well, it has three rear engines and it also has wings. That's pretty much where the similarity ends.

Yup, the TU-154 looks much, much better than any 727.



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User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2911 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9787 times:

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 17):
Quoting Dalavia (Reply 15):
This must make the Tu-154 close to being the jetliner with the longest production run in history.

Can anything else match it?

737. And 747, soon enough.
http://www.airliners.net/aircraft-data/stats.main?id=37

http://www.airvectors.net/avan24_1.html

I think the an-24 and subsequent Chinese licence production takes the record for an airliner.

[Edited 2013-02-19 22:11:44]


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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8535 times:

Actually full production stopped in 1997. They had about a dozen white tails and unfinished fuselages lying around at the factory since of which they finish and deliver one every now and then. Theoretically there are also a handful of Il-62s and Yak-42s which could be finished and delivered.
Since 1997 they slowly finish these fuselage and deliver them mainly to military operators, of course the Tu-154 is not a current aircraft anymore. Even in Russia it's hard to find one to fly on as passenger and they are scrapping already some laterbuilts.



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User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7800 times:

A reason I have really lost my interest in Aviation is the lack of planes like the TU154 and its other russian brothers flying around anymore. I miss the days of smokey loud dc-8s, Tristars.. all different shapes and noises. Now its a320/737 airbus/boeing .. 2 engined same shaped dullness topped off with the worst liveries in history being created.

I haven't browsed the ANET galleries in for so long and I used to spend hours on them.


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2011 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6830 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 20):
Actually full production stopped in 1997. They had about a dozen white tails and unfinished fuselages lying around at the factory since of which they finish and deliver one every now and then. Theoretically there are also a handful of Il-62s and Yak-42s which could be finished and delivered.
Since 1997 they slowly finish these fuselage and deliver them mainly to military operators, of course the Tu-154 is not a current aircraft anymore. Even in Russia it's hard to find one to fly on as passenger and they are scrapping already some laterbuilts.

Interesting, seems bizarre to go to to the effort in finishing such an outdated plane that most operators have dumped, when production of more recent Russian types like the Tu-204 is virtually at a standstill?



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User currently offlineAY-MD11 From Finland, joined Feb 2001, 472 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

Quoting Giancavia (Reply 21):
A reason I have really lost my interest in Aviation is the lack of planes like the TU154 and its other russian brothers flying around anymore. I miss the days of smokey loud dc-8s, Tristars.. all different shapes and noises. Now its a320/737 airbus/boeing .. 2 engined same shaped dullness topped off with the worst liveries in history being created.

I haven't browsed the ANET galleries in for so long and I used to spend hours on them.

True,and not only airplanes but cars,appliances,everything.. now there is only different sticker/brand name on same product.


User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5598 times:

Quoting AY-MD11 (Reply 23):
True,and not only airplanes but cars,appliances,everything.. now there is only different sticker/brand name on same product.

Right, I speak of it like I am an old man looking back but I am only 27 lol.. In such a short space of time it has become so dull.


25 Post contains images CptRegionalJet : They should replace the 204 with the 154
26 Post contains links and images IslandHopperCO : Is the one just delivered number 1000? Here's a pic of that one being assembled in 2009. View Large View MediumPhoto © Fyodor Borisov - Russian AviaP
27 cschleic : True... you could tell a Tristar just by the sound of the RR's starting. And the smoke. Ah, things just aren't what they used to be. I've always wond
28 TK1244 : IIRC it had four wheel main gear because of the poor runway conditions at most Soviet airports at the time.
29 Fallap : And here I thought the 154 went out of production several years ago.
30 Post contains links and images UA735WL : Close.... The Tu-154 has a 6 wheel main gear similar to that of the 777, designed for short and rough field operations.. View Large View MediumPhoto
31 rcair1 : Well - here are some specs. Note - pulled from various places. Both are amazing performers. Looks like the 727 was a bit more sporty, the Tu-154 a li
32 Giancavia : Hah right on, We used to get sometimes only 14 or 15 flights a day for a London airport but the mix was incredible. Aer Turas DC8, DHL Convair 580 to
33 RussianJet : Some of the sportier take offs I've seen from the TU154 have been the most rocket-like of any type I've witnessed (perhaps on a par with an empty MD-
34 TK1244 : [quote=UA735WL,reply=30]Close.... The Tu-154 has a 6 wheel main gear similar to that of the 777, designed for short and rough field operations.. My ba
35 cschleic : Ah, right. Thanks for the clarification. I've always thought the 134 is a nice looking plane, too.
36 sovietjet : Vastly. The original Tu-154 (no letters) had a weak wing, old NK-8 engines, older avionics, less fuel, less seats, etc... then came the Tu-154A, the
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