wedgetail737
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Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:42 am

As I was leaving work today...from the Boeing plant basically on McConnell AFB here in Wichita, a heads-of-State Tu-154M from Russia (can't miss the flag on the tail) took off. I wonder what it was here for?...a tour of the Boeing plant?

I just had to share that. Surprisingly, the Tu-154 was not very loud as some people put it.
 
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:56 am

I was driving home yesterday and saw a large, white plane fly that direction. I thought it could've been a 747 going to the conversion center. Maybe it was the Tu-154 (it was far away so I couldn't really see it very well, I was in northwestern part of town) Lately, I've been seeing unusual aircraft heading that direction over the last couple of weeks, I think I saw some AWACS 707s and maybe a 767 (???). Have you been getting aircraft like that at the conversion center?
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afay1
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:45 pm

The Tu-154M is Stage III compliant so not as loud as its older bretheren or the Tu-134....
 
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:01 pm

Hi. Very interesting. On 10 September 2004, in Winnipeg, a Tu-154 passed through. It had the Russian flag on the tail, with "Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center" along the fuselage. The registration was RA-85655, I think. There's a photo of the thing on A.net.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/299727/L/

The call sign was "Open Skies" (with a number which I can't recall). Some kind of inspection trip, I'm guessing.
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pmg1704
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:41 am

Yeah, it was part of the current Open Skies verification.

See: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2004/36261.htm

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wedgetail737
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:13 am

Thanks, PMG and 320tech! That was very enlightening. It's the first Tu-154 I've ever seen live.

BH346...there was an E-3 here a couple of weeks ago doing missed approaches at ICT. We also have a 747 sitting at McConnell undergoing some mod, but I have no idea what they're doing to it.
 
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:20 am

Maybe the Russians are looking at buying the Boeing Wichita facility.  Big grin
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afay1
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Fri Sep 24, 2004 6:38 am

Aside from the other Cosmonaut markings, in Russian the writing says "Russian Federation- Open Skies," so a confirmation of what everyone else has said. From other sources I've looked at it appears this aircraft is normally used for VIP and/or cosmonaut transportation.
 
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RE: Very Bizarre Siting At McConnell AFB Today

Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:42 am

The Open Skies aircraft are foriegn aircraft that are used to fly over and photograph the US.
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