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Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Sat Oct 02, 2004 9:10 pm

For those who have flown on Russian- and Soviet-built aircraft, do you like them? If yes, which is your favourite and why? I personally really like them, as they offer a more exciting and fun experience than standard 737s. My favourite is probably the TU5 (a tad standard, but hey), IL6 or IL-18.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:04 am

I flew on a Balkan Air Tu154 from Amsterdam to Vienna and back, and enjoyed every single minute of it. Beautiful plane!
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Sun Oct 03, 2004 5:52 pm

The IL86 and IL96 looks very smart. I do not care too much for the others though. But I really cannot base it on anything other than loooks as russian aircraft only very occasionally operate into AKL.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 12:18 pm

Russian planes are great provided they are properly maintained and crewed.

I have flown on IL-76's and AN-12's both are excellent at what they do, best part is they normally have a bed, so if you have spent too much time at the bar the night before (Im not crew just the commercial representative) your flight is over in no time.

From a commercial standpoint I would rather be payin the ACMI rates for these two aircraft than their western counterparts.

Personally I think provided MX and crew are good they are as safe as anything else in the sky. But I think it will be many years before if ever the western flying public will be travelling on Russian Gear.

I have never flown on a Russian passenger aircraft so I wouldn't really know.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:23 pm

Love 'em.

You can see them, hear them and smell them  Big thumbs up

My favourite would have to be Tu-154 closely followed by the Il-62 and Tu-134.

I'm looking forward to a trip to Moscow on the Tu-154 just for the sake of flying the a/c.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 11:00 pm

I realy like Russian aircraft - I've only been on one though, but it was pretty cool. An Ilyushin IL62M, Aeroflot, Malta-Luanda-Johannesburg in 1993 - it was a bit of a nightmare journey, but I had fun and it was good to go on a classic Russian airliner. I want to go on a few more.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 5:51 am

To look at, sure...

To ride, I'll pass
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Sun Oct 17, 2004 1:24 pm

I wish I had ridden on one - any one!

I really like Russian and Soviet passenger aircraft; I always thought they had a lot of personality. I particularly like the Tu-134 with its old-fashioned interior, of which pictures have recently appeared here!
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:17 pm

I do like russian jets, ive flown on the IL-62 (HY) and IL-96 (SU) both amazing aircraft, and something different.
The IL-96 looks huge from the inside, the aisles are VERY wide, an excellent plane.
The IL-62's were quite old, but appeared to be in good shape (not overlly rattly during take off)

I would liek to try out the TU-154 in the future, as well as teh IL-86 with the cargo deck entrance.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Tue Oct 19, 2004 7:17 am

I really wish I would have had a chance to ride in a Tu-114. Thos big counter rotating props must have been impressive
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:28 am

1993 MAD-HAV on a IL-62 with Cubana. Scared the crap out of me...but I do love Russian airliners...specially the Tu-154, IL96, etc...
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Thu Oct 21, 2004 5:00 am

Gone with the TU-154, noiser than Boeings and Airbuses otherwise no problem.
Russian/Ukrainian planes/helicopters usually got good airframes, but not so good engines, noisy and thrusty...
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:54 am

Never having flown on one, it's hard to say. However, I really like the new An-140 and An-148, both of which are built in the Ukraine. I'm of Ukranian ancestry, which explains the bias.

Also, the 140 resembles both the BAe Avro series as well as the Fairchild-Dornier 328Jet.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Fri Oct 22, 2004 7:00 am

Never managed to fly one yet,though i've a YAK-42 flight due soon Smile
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:09 am

I love the TU-154 .
But im still yet to get on any Russian planes.
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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Wed Oct 27, 2004 5:25 am

oh wow good question, i flew on can that thing climb or what? anyone vouch for this? We took off outta moscow where the TAT was -26 cel. that thing was like a ROCKET!

My only concern was the inch thick ice we accumulated around the not so tightly sealed seals...  Big grin


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RE: Like Russian Planes Or Not?

Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:23 am

I love them but unfortionately it is not so easy to get a ride on any of those machines these days.

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