Flying on Soviet/Russian aircraft is an awesome experience and a MUST for all aviation enthusiast.
I've flown on Cubana's IL
-62, Aeroflot's IL
-96 and TU
My favorite is the IL
-62. As Dalavia mentioned above is the 'orchestra of high pitched screaming whistles' of the Soloviev engines.
One unique feature of Soviet/Russian aircraft is the seats. The seat backs can be pushed forward and used as a foot-rest for the passenger sitting behind if no one is sitting in front of you.
-96 is very modern and was very similar to flying on a 777. The Aeroflot interior on the other hand was from an old IL
-86 and the pilot did a late takeoff roll. Not sure if all Aeroflot IL
-96 interiors are like this. I think they have changed from a 3-class to a 2-class. I flew on a 3-class IL
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I'd also like to fly on an IL-62, but without the hassle of having to visit FNJ for it. Too bad there are not many IL-62s flying right now.
Cuba still uses them and since you're not a US citizen, visiting Cuba is a lot easier. Most importantly, Cuba is a hell of a lot more fun than North Korea. Cuba is a party place with nice beaches. North Korea is not. I'd highly recommend flying there IL
-62 and IL
-96. I was not too crazy about Aeroflot's IL
-96, mainly because of the service and interior.
The Soloviev engines on the IL
-62 and TU
-154 are my favorite engine sounds.