Aviation Photo #1554355 Tupolev Tu-154M - Dalavia - Far East Airways

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Tu-154 is notorious for being tail-heavy when there are no passengers on board; certain precautions need to be taken to keep it balanced on the ground. This aircraft was tipped backwards onto its tail with a strong wind blast before a thunderstorm.
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    Youri Kabernik - Russian AviaPhoto Team
    Dalavia - Far East Airways
    Tupolev Tu-154M
    Tupolev Tu-154/155
    Tupolev Tu-154/155
    Tupolev
    89A814
    RA-85114
    Khabarovsk - Novy
    Russia
    May 3, 2009
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Comments (29)

Anonymous
7 years ago
Standout shot, well done !
Anonymous
7 years ago
Those 3 engines must weight quiet heavy indeed!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Profanities came to mind when i saw the thumbnail... nice snap...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very rare moment!
Anonymous
7 years ago
V1.... rotate!! in an another way, :) great catch mate!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Just an excellent photo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
I think he might have over-rotated. :p

Great shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's so sleek and fast looking, it looks like it's flying even while standing still!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The same thing happened in MEX with a Varig Cargo MD11
Anonymous
7 years ago
First officer:"captain we are over-rotating",
captain:"why,the engines are turned off"
Anonymous
7 years ago
Seems like it might have to do with that third engine back there. two have never really been a problem, but when you got 3 heavy engines in the back, and nothing up front, well... you got the picture.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Trying to Dukes of Hazzard, Russian Style
Anonymous
7 years ago
First officer: "Rotate"
Captain: "Wait... dont we have to have airspeed before we rotate?"
First officer: "Umm Bob why aren't we off the runway yet?"
Captain: "I duno... but that baggage truck seems to be moving faster than us.."
Anonymous
7 years ago
"This is the captain speaking.We are trying to take off but we don't seem to be going up.so.... can any body tell me why the taxing aircraft are cruising while we're just sitting here!!?!?!?!?
Anonymous
7 years ago
To the poster before me - 727s actually had a very similar problem. I've seen many 727s pics nose up on the ground. A terrible flaw to a beautiful design. Both Tupolev and Boeing styles.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Interesting picture from an unusual angle. Looks like the captain rotated a bit early though.
Anonymous
7 years ago
You don't seem to understand - the aircraft was intentionally positioned for a close-up underbelly inspection ;-)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice picture!!
/Johan,Sweden
Anonymous
7 years ago
The Ilyushin next to it must be even more tail-heavy, with 4 engines at the rear!
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is the bad thing with this type of a configuration, too bad it a beautiful design too. 727 had same problem initially.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It looks like the plane had a tailstrike. It looks good at this angle
Anonymous
7 years ago
Lol!!..unique shot!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I hope there is no problem when landing this aircraft. Else it would have remain like this till the end of the runway!! Great shot!

Regards
Krishley
Anonymous
7 years ago
V1, Rotate! Negative climb. Oops! Great photo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
"A visitor from Australia posted Fri July 17, 2009": You're right, the Ilyushin 62 in the background is even more tail heavy. That's why it has a fourth wheel at the tail to support it. That wheel is just hidden by the vehicle between the two aircrafts.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Windshear can be so... wrong?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice angle!
Anonymous
6 years ago
The winds must have provided enough lift to tip it on its tail...
Anonymous
6 years ago
That's why rear engined planes (Tu-154, Il-62, B-727) are not in trend now.

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