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Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 4:57 pm

Which Soviet-built aircraft have you flown aboard and with which airlines? What were the routings?

Thus far, I have flown:

IL-96 SU: SVO-DEL.
154 Balkan: SOF-LHR.

In addition, I would have flown aboard a Balkan An-24 routing SOF-VAR-SOF, but these flights had just changed to the AT4.
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:14 pm

Back in 1988 I flew on a China domestic CAAC TU-154 from Beijing to Xian.

The plane was visual in "very poor" condition. BUT we landed safely in Xian

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:16 pm

I have, 5 times (6 flights).
Here they are:

Jul. 18, 1990: Cubana Il-18, HAV-KIN

Sep. 23, 1991: Aeroflot Tu 154, DME-BAK

Sep. 28, 1991: Aeroflot Yk 42, BAK-ROV-VNO

Sep. 28, 1991: Aeroflot Yk 42, VNO-SVO

Jul. 23, 1999: Malev Tu 154, SKP-BUD

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:24 pm

I have flown back in '96 with Malev's TU-134 and it was a great experience!
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:28 pm

Flew the following and loved the experiences:

Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie

IL-62M from Singapore to Prague and Prague to Singapore
TU-154 from Prague to London
IL-18 from Rome-FCO to Prague

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

IL-96M from Singapore to Bangkok

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:34 pm

I remember, that I have flown MAD-ZRH with Malev in the late 70's, probably on their TU-134 or TU-154. I also remember, that this was the first and last time I had to use the sicknes bag the way it is supposed to be used on a flight  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. OK, it was more the bad weather, not the aircraft .... probably Wink/being sarcastic.

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:39 pm

I have been on a Shaeen airlines Tu-154 in 99 Islamabad-Karachi, and it helped rid me off all the 'Russian plane's are bad' crap I'd been brainwashed into harbouring for years, the aircraft was as good as any of its western counterparts, I dont know or care about performance and fuel consumption, the interior ofcourse depending on the airline could be much better(the plane was leased from Bishkir Airlines) but flying and comfort wise it was not bad at all just a little cramped due to extra seats, no noises or creaks, smooth in every aspect, except for minor turbulence before landing.

Pe@rson Why did'nt you post here? http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1127063/4/

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:39 pm


2001: MLA-GZM in a Bulgarian-leased Mil-8 helicopter of Malta Air Charter operating on behalf of Air Malta

2003: SXF-SXF in a Yak 40 of Belavia.

2003: DUS-LED-DUS in two Tu 154M of Pulkovo - one built in the Soviet Union, one built in Russia.

Trip reports are available for all of those:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/5370/

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/29759/

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/30546/

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:13 pm

CSA TU-134A OK-CFF LHR-PRG
CSA TU-134A OK-EFK PRG-LHR
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Interflug IL-18D DDR-STH SXF-PRG
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:19 pm

I had the pleasure of the following flights (in chronological order):

07DEC1989 CU-T925 Ilyushin 14 (HAV-CMW-AVI-HAV)
05MAR1992 HA-LJA Yak 40 (VIE-BUD)
11JUL1993 RA-24639 Mil Mi-8 (Sightseeing ex GZM)
08JUN1995 RA-85579 Tu-154B-2 (VIE-ZRH)
10SEP1995 ZS-NIK Let 410UVP-E20 (JNB-NLP)
13SEP1995 ZS-NIJ Let 410UVP-E20 (NLP-JNB)
29SEP1996 OK-VHJ AN-2 (Sightseeing ex Letnany/CZ)
29SEP1996 OK-VCG Tu-154M (PRG-ZRH)
08SEP2000 LZ-CAR Mil Mi-8P (MLA-GZM)
16SEP2000 LZ-CAX Mil Mi-8P (GZM-MLA)
12MAY2001 B-3817 Yunshuji Y12 II (URC-Shihezi)
12MAY2001 B-3817 Yunshuji Y12 II (Shihezi-URC)
13MAY2001 B-2016 Ilyushin 86 (URC-PEK)
14MAY2001 B-4016 Tu-154M (NAY-Foshan AFB)
19MAY2001 B-3701 Yunshuji Y7-100 (PEK-CIF)
19MAY2001 B-3701 Yunshuji Y7-100 (CIF-PEK)
23SEP2001 LZ-CAX Mil Mi-8P (MLA-GZM)
30SEP2001 LZ-CAX Mil Mi-8P (GZM-MLA)
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:19 pm

Lao Aviation:
VTE-LPQ on a Antonov 24

Vietnam Airlines:
VTE-HAN on a Tupolev 134

Aeroflot:
SVO-LED on a Tupolev 154

Air Koryo:
PEK-FNJ on a Ilyushin 62
FNJ-PEK on a Ilyushin 62

Romavia:
Roundtrip from Duebendorf AFB with Ilyushin 18
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:23 pm

In 1999 on SU:

Sheremetyevo - Petropavlovsk-Kamtchatskij Il-96-300 (RA-96007)

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 7:41 pm

I have flown:

Tyumenaviatrans TU 134 (April 2000)
Aeroflot: Il 86 (many times) - TU 154M (lost the count!)
VASO: Il 86 (twice RA 86066)
Kaminvodavia: TU 204 (July 2000) RA 64016 & RA 64022
Pulkovo (leased from ?) TU 154B2

Some where in poor visual state but all are still flying today without a problem. The TU 204 experience, of which a report was posted here) was fantastic, as I got to visit the cockpit.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:27 pm

Unique
Just would like to mention, that Yunshuji Harbin 12 and Yunshuji Xian 7 are Chinese build aircrafts copied from Antonov models ... I flew both of them at Lao Aviation and I really like them, especially the Panda.
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:33 pm

RAF Avia AN-26 YL-RAA

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Great fun. All the time stood in the flight deck behind the pilots holding on tight - great fun!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:29 pm

i flew loads of times MLA-SOF-MLA on Tu 154B2 s and Tu 154Ms as well as
the Tu 134 which has the normal nose not the glass one... all on Balkan
also a few times on An-24s SOF-VAR and SOF-BOJ..

once was on a tu 154M MLA-SOF via Tunis - LZ-BTZ (the republic of bulgaria gov't aircraft) and it was the most fantastic flight of my life.. the a/c is conficured in economy class from the second door backwards, the front has large armchairs facing each other with BIG tables in between.. presidential style.. and i got invited up front since the economy was full up. (i flew backwards and it was great)

I can certainly say the Tu-154M is one of the best aircraft i have flown on, aerodynamically speaking...

on the other hand, the 154B2.. on the inside, i think it was at 28" seat pitch because the person in front of me got very annoyed when they tried to recline their seat unsuccessfully because my knees were poking the seatback.. it was dreadfully uncomfortable.. plus on the 154B the luggage racks are open like on a bus or train and i felt like the slightest turbulence would make the hand luggage fall on my head.. didn't happen fortunately.. but if you increase the seat pitch.. great flight.

 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:32 pm

You can find a similar thread here:

http://www.aviatsiya.ru/forums/viewthread.php?tid=75
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:37 pm

I flew on the Tu-154M SVO-KBP-SVO on Aeroflot
I flew on the Tu-134A KBP-VKO-KBP on Air Ukraine (I think I flew twice..but maybe once, I'm not gonna lie on this one)
I didn't really fly, but I walked around and got a tour of a Yak-42 of Lviv Airlines.
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:38 pm

I'm not sure whether I was on the Tu-134A or another series back.
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:57 pm

I've heard the IL-62 is a real dog with 1 engine inop at MGW. This plane seemed underpowered even with all 4 running.
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:15 am

I wonder how many people there are out there who have flown on the TU-144? We consider someone lucky to have flown on Concorde but imagine getting a ride on the TU-144. It was in service with Aeroflot for a while so there must be at least someone on this site that has flown on it??
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 1:10 am

I flew an Ilyushin Il-18 on CAAC in 1983 from Xian to Guangzhou. It was actually a surprisingly pleasant flight, despite the fact the air conditioning didn't work on the ground. The plane was relatively quiet, the seats were quite comfortable, and we actually had decent snack service on the plane!
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 1:45 am

Aeroflot Domestics (1991)
Antonov An-24
Yakovlev Yak-42

Malev (1992)
Tupelov Tu-134 (I think the B variant)
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 2:03 am

Hi All,

My first flight on Soviet built aircraft and my very first flight was on Antonov An-2 at RZE. It was when I was 5-6(?) and that flight lasted 30 minutes. I had a chance go go again but I was scared to death. You can see some pictures from that airport below.


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My second flight in my life was also in Soviet bulit aircraft. This time Antonov AN-24. It was commercial flight from Koszalin to Rzeszow (KSZ-RZE).
Across coutry in 45 minutes. It was in 1983-84 and I remember that security at both airports was very strickt. (Lots of LOTs AN-24s were being hijacked and flown to Berlin). They served only orange hard candys for the passengers  Smile


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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:39 am

About 100 flights, the aircraft: An2, An24, Il18, Il62/M, Il86, Tu134, Tu154B/M, Yak40, Yak42; the airlines: SU, OK, MA. Most of the aircraft were designed in 60's and (from passenger point of view, not talking about fuel efficiency, ...) are no way any worse than western airliners of about the same era.

Positive_rate, a great question about Tu144. Let's try to count: the aircraft was in passenger service from Nov 1, 1977 to (?) May 23, 1978, once a week (roundtrip), many of the flights were canceled because of technical issues (it never achieved even 10% of Concorde reliability, though there are plenty of sources in Russia, including web sites, crying, "Tu144 was better!!!" - but, happily, many others tell the true, including real story of the Paris crash); the aircraft capacity was 146 passengers. Still, several thousand of people might fly on it. Definitely, no less than 95% of them were Soviet citizens, and how many former Soviet guys (like me) are here, on this forum? I'm afraid, nobody here can tell us about the unique experience of flying on the only other SST ever built. Or am I wrong (I wish to be!)?

BTW, I'm still interested to know if there is at least a single person in the world who have flown on both Concorde and Tu144...
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 5:00 am

Didn't the TU-144 only fly from Moscow to Alma Ata? Why did they not fly across the pond?

When I lived in Seattle, I worked as a ramp rat throwing bags for 4 different airlines: Sun Country, Champion, Martinair, and Aeroflot. I have never flown on them, but we serviced the IL-62 and the IL-96 when I worked there. I was always a little scared to watch the IL-62. It was always loaded with so much baggage and boxes on the return flight SEA-ANC-VVO. With all 4 engines going, sometimes I didn't think it would make it off the runway! Very very underpowered!

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:20 am

I've flown on Cubana IL-62s.
It was just a 1 hour flight from Cancun to Havana. My return flght was to be on a YAK-42D, but got the IL-62 again.


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Here is an interior shot I took of the interior.

I was very impressed with the performance of the IL-62. It was very smooth and it had a very solid feel to it. It didn't have that flimsy cheap feeling like an A320.
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:30 am

RIX,

There were exactly 102 regular passenger flights between Moscow-DME and Alma-Ata.

Does that help the calculation?

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 6:31 am

Tu-154 - Pulkovo, Aeroflot, Balkan, Iran Air Tours.
Tu-134 - Hemus, Volga Aviaexpress, Pulkovo, Kazan Avia Enterprise, Donavia/Aeroflot-Don, Tretyakovo.

Il-86 - Aeroflot
Il-96 - Aeroflot

Yak-40 - Odessa Airlines

An-24 - Lvov Airlines, ARP-410, Voronezhavia, Balkan.

Mi-8 - Baltic Airlines


... some of them many many times, but at least those are the types/airlines.
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:06 am

I have flown on a SU TU-154 in 1983 between Zurich and Vienna and although the interior was very worn and the sour behaviour of the crew, the flight was smooth and the landing was exciting. I felt the landing speed of the TU5 is somewhat higher than the 72S or other similar western built types and braking is fast, efficient and noisy. You really feel the plane coming to a stop.

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In 1999 I've also flown a CU An-24 from Santiago de Cuba to Havana and it was real fun, the plane never went beyond 2000ft. The pressurization system was just stripped from the plane. We were 4 passengers, and it gave us magnificent views of the island

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:12 am

TU-144s never went across the pond as;
1) It did not have the range (having to use partial reheat for all the supercruise), doubtful if it could even do Moscow-Shannon-Havana/or JFK.
On paper it had more range, capacity and speed than Concorde, not in real life though.
2) They had no confidence in it, rightly so.
I wonder how many pax it carried, real pax, not some poor sods told to hop aboard as human ballast.
Did Party bigwigs use it, or shun it?
How many of those flights were carrying mostly, or entirely mail?
But I've love to hear of any experiences, see if the stories of very excessive noise and vibration are true.

 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:16 am

Marcopolo747:
That's cool you flew Cubana AN-24 to Santiago de Cuba. We were going to do that flight but we were ripped off in Mexico (long story) and didn't have the extra funds for the flight. I wish I could have done that to check off the AN-24 on my 'must fly' list.
Why would an airline strip out the presurization system?
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:26 am

Montreal to Havana several times:


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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:35 am

I`ve flown with TU-134 Pulkova Airlines once from Stockholm-St Petersburg and back,,,The pilot made very smooth landings  Smile
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:37 am

GDB,

Those 102 flights were normal passenger-carrying airline flights - if a Tu-144 ever carried any 'Human Ballast' it wasn't on those 102 flights. The mail services are not included in that number - they ran for several years on different routes, mostly to the Russian far-east and central Asia.

The only thing that was non-airline about the passenger service, was that the pilot-in-command was always a Tupolev Design Bureau man. No Aeroflot person ever took their command in a Tu-144. Of course that would have changed if the service had continued longer, and the Aeroflot crews progressed normally to become Captains.
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:43 am

LOT:
Il-62M YYZ-WAW-YYZ
Il-18 WAW-TXL-WAW
Tu-154 WAW-MAD
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Thu Jul 17, 2003 5:56 am

"if a Tu-144 ever carried any 'Human Ballast' it wasn't on those 102 flights" - I'm pretty sure, Tu144 never carried any 'poor sods told to hop aboard as human ballast'.

"Did Party bigwigs use it... ?" - probably, only as regular passengers. It was never a Soviet "Air Force 1", like Il62 or, now, Il96. I've never heard it carried any official delegations either.

"On paper it had more range, capacity and speed than Concorde, not in real life though." - well, it was designed to carry 146 passengers as it had 5 seats in a row (being only 40 cm wider than Concorde). The range was 5500-5700 km with 110-130 passengers - data for Tu144D version where "D" means the same as "ER" in English. Looks quite comparable to Concorde. Speed - M2.15 maximum, 2120 km/h cruising. This data are from Russian web site. Basic model - the non-"D" one - had maximum speed 2500 km/h, cruising speed 2200 km/h with range just 3080 km with full load (3600 km with half load). Nothing really better than Concorde even on paper, and, still, who cares about all these "bigger/faster" things if the aircraft never was a reliable flying machine, even if those numbers were achieved in some test flights (they say, the 2500 km/h speed was achieved on Sep 20th, 1972, during test flight from Moscow to Tashkent)...


"Those 102 flights were normal passenger-carrying airline flights" - OK, Ben, here we are (data from the Russian site mentioned above, http://airbase.ru/sb/russia/tupolev/144/s/index.phtml): 102 was the total number of all flights, cargo and passenger ones (first cargo flight was on Dec, 26th, 1975). Only 55 flights were made with passengers, max number of passengers aboard never exceeded 80, total 3284 people carried. Only two aircraft were used for passenger flights, CCCP-77109 and -77110 (-77106 for cargo). All flights were from Moscow to Alma-Ata (range 3260 km, speed 2000 km/h - indeed, real flights data are far from those on paper, and absolutely nothing to say, "better than Concorde"), so no cargo/mail flights to far east - only test flights (to Khabarovsk).

Still, any chance one of these 3284 people (assuming all of them flew only once) - appears on this forum?
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:12 pm

In 1989 I flew from Moscow to JFK on Aeroflot. I am not sure the type of airplane that it was, but I do remember that it was about the size of a 757. There was no IFE, very few magazines, and only 2 meals services, and three drink services. This was on a 12 hour flight. Oh and we stopped in Gander, Newfoundland for a crew change, and St. Johns, Newfoundland for fuel.

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 12:44 pm

I have flown most of the Russian-made planes, including TU-144 (DME-ALA, winter 1977/78). As I have never flown Concorde (and, most probably, never will), I cannot compare. My flight was perfectly fine technically, and the treatment was good (caviar, unlimited drinks, etc.). Not to mention that the price of the ticket was just 30% higher than for the normal, subsonic flights.

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 2:04 pm

My tally for 2002/2003:

SVO-MMK- TU-154M Aeroflot
MMK-SVO- TU-134A-3 Aeroflot
SVO-VOG- TU-134A-3 Aeroflot
VOG-SVO TU-134 Aeroflot-Don in interm livery (i.e. none)
SVO-KBP TU-154M Aeroflot
KBP-SVO TU-154M Aeroflot

Coming Soon- SU Moscow-Kaliningrad, S7 Moscow-Nihizhny Novgorod, and wherever else I feel like flying this year. Need to complete my tour of Soviet aircraft with AN-24/IL-86 run and a Russian IL-96 one.

The planes were all fun and while looked pretty bad and were occasionally none too comfortable, flew safely and smoothly. Aeroflot in-flight service was on par with domestic US.



 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 5:09 pm

I've flown on a few Antonov 2's, Mil 2's and Mil 8's, as pleasure flights, whilst on various aviation tours around Eastern Europe.
As for the scheduled flights:-
Balkan TU 154 (LHR-Sofia-LHR).
Balkan AN 24 (Sofia-Bourgas)
Balkan AN 24 (Varna-Sofia)
CSA IL62 (LHR-Prague)
Aeroflot IL86 (LHR-SVO-LHR)
Aeroflot IL 86 (Kiev-Leningrad)
Aeroflot TU154 (Moscow Domededovo-Kiev)
Aeroflot TU154 (Leningrad-SVO)
Ber-Line IL18 (Pleasure flight at Berlin Airshow)
Interflug TU134 (LGW-Leipzig-LGW)
 
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 5:24 pm

I've had the pleasure twice...
CSA ZRH-PRG

Tu-154

PRG-ZRH

Il-62

Must have been in June 1993 or 1994 (don't remember that clearly, I think I'm getting old)........

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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 5:38 pm

hmm, lots of flights...
All in the 1980s and before, the real Soviet days  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Tarom Il-18
Interflug Tu-134
Interflug Il-62M
Aeroflot Tu-134 (several times)
Aeroflot Tu-154 (several times)
Aeroflot Tu-154M (several times)
Aeroflot Il-62
Aeroflot Il-62M
Aeroflot Il-86
Aeroflot An-24
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 6:24 pm

I'm surprised that only myself and one other person here has flown aboard the IL-96.

I still vividly remember the line of IL-96s connected to air bridges at SVO. A wonderful sight!
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:42 pm

I flew (in right order, the correct reg./airline):


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Lao Aviation - Antonov 24


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Vietnam Airlines - Tupolev 134


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Aeroflot - Tupolev 154


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Romavia - Ilyushin 18


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Air Koryo - Ilyushin 62


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Air Koryo - Ilyushin 62

plus Yunshuji Harbin 12 and Yunshuji Xian 7, both Chinese copies of Antonov planes. Hope being able to fly Il-86 and Yak42 soon ...
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RE: Who Has Flown Aboard Soviet-built Aircraft?

Mon Jul 28, 2003 8:55 pm

AN-2 towing gliders in Poland. that thing was in pretty bad condition and got scrapped about a year after i flew in it. i don't remember it's registration off hand. i think it was SP-Uxx.
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