Hi, just a quick question, I woke up in the middle of the night wondering about this. Why was the TU-204 not built with the same type gear as the -154? Was the -154 heavier, with the third engine? I looked at the Tuploev website and the max t/o weight for both families is roughly around the same-104-110t. Is it maybe because the rough runways which Soviet aircraft had to work with are being upgraded and modernised?
I think both aircraft are beautiful, and it's sad to see the TU-154 kind of disappearing.