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User currently offlineSILVERSTREAK From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

I am trying to find anyone who had flown on a Aeroflot TU-114 or even known of someone who flew on one. I have read that with the military Bear version that when F-4 Phantoms who would fly close to these big birds, the F-4 pilots found that the canopys would vibrate due to the powerful TU-114 Bear engines. I wonder - what would the passenger cabin inside have been like?

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User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

I have not flown on one, but used to see them in Montreal in the 60's -- they flew there from Moscow about once a week. The huge contra-rotating props would certainly create a lot of vibration. I worked on the GE36 propfan i the 80's and the vibration was a problem with that, too. Of course, that was much smaller!

My source gives the following information, in case you are interested:

The Tu-114 had 8,000 - 9,000 shp NK-12M engines, and had a MTOW of 370,000 lb, and a max. speed of 495 mph at 32,000 ft.

The higher performance Tu-20 and companion Tu-114D had 12,000 shp engines, MTOW of 268,000 lb (Tu-114D) - 320,000 lb (Tu-20), and max. speeds -- if you can believe this -- 560 mph at 10,000 ft.

Pete


User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Just couldn't resist posting this ... I took this picture on (about) Dec. 23, 1963 at YUL, from a window seat of an Eastern DC-7 bound for Newark. I was in high school, going to visit my father in NJ for the holidays.

The poor quality of the picture is due to the low light (almost dark) and great distance from the camera -- I printed the picture with the aircraft greatly enlarged. The print was stored almost 40 years under less than ideal conditions, and I just scanned it.

Pete



User currently offlineSILVERSTREAK From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

Thanks a lot for the replies. Those were great. What a magnificient aircraft the TU-114 was. I really would love to have see those contra-rotating props roar. I understand that the interior was configured similiar to a railcar. Must have been one hell of a ride to Havanna!!!

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6279 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2327 times:


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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6279 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Of course if you mean the "Bear",


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13169 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

I never saw a TU-114, but a Bear was at an airshow at Fairford in the UK (where B-52's are currently based for the Iraq operation).
A mightily impressive machine, sadly it was only on static display, but the sleek lines and long stalky undercarriage was quite a sight.
I've heard that even RAF fast jet crews intercepting them during the Cold War could hear the harmonic vibration of those props.
As the Cold War eased in the mid/late 80's, Bear crews in the rear gunner positions would hold up playboy centefolds (probably contraband in the USSR), at the RAF pilots in the large blister windows behind the rear gun position!


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

My dad was fortunate enough to fly in one from DME to KBP back in 1960's. He says that it's definitely the noisiest airplane he had to be in. I can definitely confirm - I've flown in An-24 numerous times, and that's one noisy machine with just two props! And in Tu-114 you got 8 - 4 counter-rotating ones!

I actually lived close to Domodedovo back when I was a little kid, and I remember one time my dad took me to see that Tu-114. I think from then on, I was officially hooked.

I remember seeing Tu-95's over my house in Moscow, as well as Tu-142 at airshow in Zhukovsky. Amazing piece of machinery!

Alex.



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2578 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
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Hi, my grandfather flew in one back in the 60s as well. From Moscow to New York. He told me it wasn't that bad comfortwise but the noise was very loud inside. He had flown the Il-18, An-24, An-14 and Il-14 and says Tu-114 is definetly the most loud of them all. And although it's not a Tu-114 the Tu-104 he said was very loud as well. As he was a high person in a steel mill he would go all over the USSR and Warsaw Pact nations on business trips or what not which is how he got to fly in almost every soviet-made pax jet and prop. He never flew on Il-96, Il-12 but that's about it. If you want to know about a certain flight on a certain plane I'll ask him jus tell me to.

User currently offlineTomh From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

One thing about the Tu-114/Tu-95 design that has always impressed me was the marriage of turboprop engines and a swept wing. Did any other aircraft fly with this design combination?

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