aa87 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8132 times:
In the mid-1990s I saw thru a telescope an Aeroflot Tu-154 at cruise transiting New York City due west. Did Aeroflot fly 154s into any US city on a regular basis ? any ideas where it was going ? thanks.
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5518 posts, RR: 26 Reply 5, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7889 times:
Quoting rutankrd (Reply 4): First point last no Cubana have never leased/operated an Aeroflot Tu154.
On your first point, Cubana has purchased planes from SU. I never did say they leased or operated an ex SU Tu154. I should have been more specific. I should have said they bought it, but hadn´t had the time to paint it in SU colors.
rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2371 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7749 times:
Quoting AR385 (Reply 5): On your first point, Cubana has purchased planes from SU. I never did say they leased or operated an ex SU Tu154. I should have been more specific. I should have said they bought it, but hadn´t had the time to paint it in SU colors.
The answer remains negative in the case of the Tu154. All were delivered painted direct from Russia.
The only other Tu154s in the Americas were these birds
Guyana Airways leased from Tarom YR-TPJ. A candidate as it actually operated schedules into JFK .
aa87 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7084 times:
Thanks for all the replies. Although it was 15-20 years ago, I'm 1000% certain it was Aeroflot colors and a 154, not an IL-62 or other Soviet type. It was at cruise, roughly FL350-4000 transiting NYC directly west. Destination was clearly somewhere west of the NYC region. Not Cubana (which I don't believe is seen in US skies, pretty much ever, since 1959 ?) or any other markings. I recall so clearly bc my parents lived on 32nd floor of tallest hi-rise on Long Island, and their telescope was awesome for spotting JFK and LGA traffic. On a clear day could also track transiting traffic at altitude, and it was an amazing find. I'd never seen a 154 except in pictures, and had only seen Aeroflot once or twice at the airport. That was a highly memorable "spot" to catch in cruise no less, and before the internet made spotting what it is today.
Quoting rutankrd (Reply 4): Third point far more likely was Russian Airforce Openskys RA-85655 which made regular US inspections.
That is the only plausible explanation on the thread, so far anyway.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2812 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7043 times:
Quoting rutankrd (Reply 8): Given to op post and location a high flying TU154 headed west over the North East Seaboard the likely candidate remains RA-85655 carrying out its work as a disarmament inspection platform.
Not the civil "Open Skies" program. The military Open Skies program involved inspection flyovers of military installations of both Russian and NATO bases. As part of one of the many disarmament treaties. They are still flying these missions and both the USAF and Russia have aircraft permanently designated as Open Skies aircraft. The USAF uses a modified KC-135 and the Russians I believe now use an IL-86, but it may still be a TU-154.
"I use multi-billion dollar military satellite systems to find tupperware in the woods."
YQBexYHZBGM From Canada, joined May 2009, 200 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6848 times:
In the late 1980s when I was attending university in Montréal, CSA Czech Airlines operated a YMX-JFK flight. I'm not sure if they used the Tu-154, but I suppose it's a possibility. Anyone know for sure?
Koosi From Czech Republic, joined May 2005, 82 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6575 times:
Quoting YQBexYHZBGM (Reply 14): In the late 1980s when I was attending university in Montréal, CSA Czech Airlines operated a YMX-JFK flight. I'm not sure if they used the Tu-154, but I suppose it's a possibility.
Nope, CSA used Il-62s. And it was still CSA Czechoslovak Airlines back then